Hall of Famer Picks Miami Heat to Win NBA Finals Against Lakers

Published 09/29/2020, 6:30 AM EDT
Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo holds up the Eastern Conference Championship trophy after defeating the Boston Celtics in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


For the first time in history, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat will lock horns in the NBA finals! We’ve reached the climax of the NBA bubble and it can’t get any better than this. Which team will be the last one standing? There are plenty of predictions coming in, and Hall of Famer Reggie Miller has given his verdict!

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The Lakers are undoubtedly the favorites to seal the show in the finals. They’re well equipped with experienced superstars who can guide them to glory. “It’s theirs to lose,” Reggie Miller said on the Dan Patrick Show, about the Lakers being heavy favorites. 

“They [Lakers] will always have the two best players on the floor in this series. They’re well-coached,” Miller said. The Pacers legend also put forth how the roster experience will play a huge part in deciding the outcome. 

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“They have championship experience, obviously LeBron James — this is his 10th NBA Finals. Don’t forget about Danny Green and Rajon Rondo, both of those guys have won championships,” Miller added. 

While all this is true, Miami can still pose a challenge. Even though LeBron is a man on a mission, Jimmy Butler will give his everything to try to stop the King. Reggie Miller reiterated that this is the Lakers’ finals to lose. So who’s Miller backing to come out as champions

Los Angeles Lakers or Miami Heat? Reggie Miller picks his winner

This is that time of the year! The excitement about the finals is kicking in, and these two teams have been the best among the 30 that kick-started the season. Stephen A. Smith put this matchup on his bucket list, and his wish has come true now!

Miami has been a special team to watch this season. They’ve proved to be the strongest team in the bubble, overthrowing mighty opponents to cause an upset. Jimmy Butler is serving his critics with positive results after the other, and the former Chicago Bull is loving the challenge!

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“Something special is going on in Miami,” Reggie Miller mentioned. “If I have to make a pick, and this is coming from the heart.” Miller reminisced about the 2004 finals where the Pistons overthrew the Lakers’ dynasty. Why is it relevant now? 

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Reggie Miller feels Detroit’s impeccable defense won them the 2004 championship, and that will be the case with the Miami Heat as well! “I see a lot of that in the Miami Heat,” he mentioned.

“I’m picking Miami in 7. It’s just been something special all season long, and especially since the restart that Miami and that culture of Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra — I’m picking the Heat in seven.” 

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There you go! Reggie picks the underdogs to pull off an upset yet again. The Lakers are the clear favorites, and Reggie Miller expects them to “win.” But is it Heat in seven games in his opinion, and what’s yours?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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