NBA Finals 2020: Schedules, news, odds and latest updates for Heat-Lakers

The Lakers vs. Heat NBA Finals is set! The Los Angeles Lakers are facing the Miami Heat, as three-time Finals MVP LeBron James will look to win his fourth championship against his former team. James will be playing in his 10th NBA Finals, tying him with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the third-most NBA Finals appearances by a player, behind only Bill Russell (12) and Sam Jones (11).

The Lakers are in the Finals for the 32nd time in franchise history, but this is their first appearance since 2010. Miami is making its sixth Finals appearance, but first without longtime star Dwyane Wade.

We’ll have complete ongoing coverage right here for you, as the Finals continue at the NBA’s bubble at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Los Angeles Lakers (1) lead Miami Heat (5), 2-0

BPI series odds (entering Game 3): LAL (90%)

All 2020 NBA Finals games will be broadcast exclusively on ABC and ESPN Radio. Games can also be streamed with the ESPN App.

NBA Finals Schedule

  • Game 1: Lakers 116, Heat 98 | Highlights

  • Game 2: Lakers 124, Heat 114 | Highlights

  • Game 3, Oct. 4: Lakers at Heat | 7:30 p.m. ET

  • Game 4, Oct. 6: Lakers at Heat | 9 p.m. ET

  • Game 5, Oct. 9 (if necessary): Heat at Lakers | 9 p.m. ET

  • Game 6, Oct. 11 (if necessary): Lakers at Heat | 7:30 p.m. ET

  • Game 7, Oct. 13 (if necessary): Heat at Lakers | 9 p.m. ET

Regular-season meetings

Nov. 8: Lakers def. Heat, 95-80
Dec. 13: Lakers def. Heat, 113-110

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Latest news and analysis

Lowe: How LeBron set the tone for the Lakers’ dominance

Here’s the blueprint for how the “locked in” Lakers are overwhelming opponents with defense. — Zach Lowe

The ties that bind the Lakers and Heat

Pat Riley created “Showtime.” LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. But the connections between these two championship franchises run far deeper.

The mind games of Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala’s NBA Finals experience is more valuable than ever to the Heat. — Ramona Shelburne

How the NBA navigated its longest, most unpredictable year

In the 2019-20 season, the outside world overwhelmed the NBA. Here’s how we got to a Finals that was anything but guaranteed. — Kevin Arnovitz

The storylines and stats you need to know ahead of Lakers-Heat

The Lakers and Heat are set for an unprecedented Finals matchup in the bubble. Our NBA experts break down what to expect.

• Heat’s Adebayo, Dragic ruled out for Game 2
• LeBron breaks down success with AD: No jealousy
• Experts’ picks for Lakers-Heat in the NBA Finals
• For 3 referees, NBA Finals a long time coming
• Best bets for the 2020 NBA Finals: Lakers-Heat
• LeBron: No extra meaning facing Heat in Finals
• Heat’s Butler: We’re not the underdogs
• Lakers heavy Finals favorites, but Heat popular bet
• Heat oust Celtics emphatically, advance to Finals
• LeBron on 10th Finals: Meaningless unless we win

2020 PLAYOFFS REWIND: First round | Conf. semis | Conf. finals

Game 2: Lakers 124, Heat 114

• LeBron, AD reach Shaq-Kobe heights in Game 2 win
• Spoelstra, Butler: Heat can rally from 0-2 hole


• Points: LeBron James (LAL), 33 points
• Rebounds: Anthony Davis (LAL), 14 rebounds
• Assists: Jimmy Butler (MIA), 13 assists

Game 2 box score | Game 2 highlights

Kobe Bryant prepped Anthony Davis for this

From the 2012 Olympics to the 2020 NBA Finals, Anthony Davis’ continues to make good on Kobe Bryant’s faith in him. — Ramona Shelburne

Udonis Haslem’s fiery speech lit up NBA Twitter

The captain of the Miami Heat tried desperately to motivate his teammates during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Hoop Collective/The Lowe Post

Zach Lowe, Brian Windhorst and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 2 win over the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals.

Tweet of the Night

Game 1: Lakers 116, Heat 98

• AD shines in Finals debut but ‘job is not done’
• Heat’s Dragic, Adebayo exit with injuries in loss


• Points: Anthony Davis (LAL), 34 points
• Rebounds: LeBron James (LAL), 13 rebounds
• Assists: LeBron James (LAL), 9 assists

Game 1 box score | Game 1 highlights

Everything we learned about the Lakers-Heat Finals after Game 1

Anthony Davis, LeBron James and the Lakers blew out the injury-riddled Heat in Game 1. Here’s what it means for the rest of the series.

Chris Bosh watches Game 1 with LeBron, Heat on the mind

As Chris Bosh watches his former teammate and team duel for this year’s title, he roots them on and laments what might have been. — Jackie MacMullan

The Hoop Collective/The Lowe Post

Zach Lowe, Brian Windhorst and Doris Burke offer instant reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 1 win over the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals.

Tweet of the Night

• What Barack Obama said to the virtual fans during Game 1

How the Lakers got here

First round: Def. Portland Trail Blazers, 4-1
West semis: Def. Houston Rockets, 4-1
West finals: Def. Denver Nuggets, 4-1

Don’t take LeBron James for granted in 2020

For the first time in 10 years, the Lakers are back in the NBA Finals, familiar territory for LeBron James. It means more in 2020. — Ramona Shelburne

How the Lakers became the NBA’s no-drama team

Inside the secret dinner with LeBron James and Jeanie Buss that took the Lakers from all-drama to all-business. — Ramona Shelburne

How Year 2 of LeBron and the Lakers turned into a roller coaster

An in-depth look at the highs and lows that shaped LeBron James’ second season with the Lakers, from an uncomfortable preseason trip to China all the way to the Orlando restart. — Dave McMenamin

How a busted trade request got Anthony Davis to Los Angeles

Four months after a trade deadline didn’t give the Pelicans and Lakers what they wanted, some new faces, a lost wallet and a jersey swap marked the start of a new path for two franchises. — Dave McMenamin

How the Lakers handled the days following Kobe Bryant’s death

Kobe Bryant died as the Lakers returned from a cross-country road trip. The five days that followed were like no others in the history of Laker Nation. — Ramona Shelburne

How the Heat got here

First round: Def. Indiana Pacers, 4-0
East semis: Def. Milwaukee Bucks, 4-1
East finals: Def. Boston Celtics, 4-2

‘You have to be cut from the cloth’: The embodiments of Heat culture

The word “culture” gets tossed around in sports. Miami’s is real.

Bam Adebayo is the fiercest, best NBA player you don’t know

Becoming an NBA All-Star at age 22 is only the latest surprise in the rapid rise of the next great Heat star. — Zach Lowe

Miami made the Jimmy Butler gamble that Chicago never could

Jimmy Butler has found his basketball nirvana in Miami after three tumultuous stops in Chicago, Minnesota and Philadelphia. — Nick Friedell

Duncan Robinson steps into the sunlight

The former Division III player had ample opportunity to call it quits. Now he’s one of the best shooters in the NBA. — Ramona Shelburne

How Andre Iguodala handled his rare NBA sabbatical

Andre Iguodala didn’t play a second of basketball from June 2019 until February, but now he’s back in the NBA Finals. Here’s how he spent his time away from the NBA. — Kevin Arnovitz

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