NBA Finals 2020 Schedule: Lakers vs. Heat Game 2 Time, Live Stream, TV Channel and Odds

The Los Angeles Lakers can take a two-game lead in the NBA Finals when they face the Miami Heat in Game 2 on Friday night in Orlando, Florida. The Purple and Gold arrived in their first NBA Finals in 10 years as the second-biggest favorites in over a decade and lived up to expectations, blowing Miami away 116-98 in the series opener.

For the Heat, the loss was made even worse by injuries to the key trio of Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo. While Butler is expected to feature on Friday night, Adebayo remains a doubt and Dragic's series could be as good as over.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Game 2.

  • Tip off time—Game 2 of the NBA Finals begins at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, October 2 at the AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
  • TV channel—ABC.
  • Live stream—ABC's digital platforms, the ABC Sports website, watchESPN, YouTube TV and fuboTV and SlingTV.
  • Odds—The Lakers are 8-point favorites with DraftKings and William Hill and are 9/10 to cover the spread, while the Heat are 29/10 underdogs and the over/under line for total points scored is set at 229.

The Lakers may have not played in the NBA Finals since 2010 but looked perfectly at ease in their first appearance in a decade on the league's biggest stage on Wednesday night.

The Lakers, who arrived in the Finals as the second-biggest favorite in a decade after the 2018 Golden State Warriors, overcame a 13-point deficit to take a three-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back, thrashing the Heat 116-98. In his NBA Finals debut, Anthony Davis finished with 34 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

Only Shaquille O'Neal and George Mikhan with 43 and 42 points respectively scored more than Davis in their first NBA Finals game in a Lakers uniform, while only Allen Iverson, Kevin Durant and Michael Jordan have scored more than Davis in an NBA Finals debut since the NBA and ABA merged at the beginning of the 1976-77 season - Iverson scored 48 in the 2001 NBA Finals, while Jordan and Durant both scored 36 in 1991 and 2012 respectively.

"It's a great honor to be in that category with those guys," Davis said after the game. "I mean, they have done so much for the game, Hall of Famers, and for me to come out and perform that way and be mentioned with those guys [...] Obviously that's a great honor, but I also want to be mentioned in categories with champions, so that's the next step."

LeBron James, who finished the first game of his 10th NBA Finals with 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, was far from surprised with his teammate's effort.

"I expect it out of him," the three-time NBA champion said. "Didn't need to give him no advice. We've been preparing for this moment all season. He's been preparing for this moment all season."

The Heat, meanwhile, were beset by injury problems. Miami lost veteran guard Goran Dragic and All-Star big man Bam Adebayo to foot and shoulder injuries respectively, while Jimmy Butler, Miami's leading scorer in the playoffs, was in clear discomfort after rolling his ankle.

While Butler is expected to play Game 2, the presence of Adebayo and Dragic remains in doubt and there are concerns the latter could be out for the remainder of the series.

The Heat called Adebayo's injury a left shoulder strain and said he had undergone X-rays on his left shoulder, which were negative. ESPN and The Athletic, meanwhile, both reported Dragic had suffered a plantar tear in his left foot.

Over the last 15 seasons, NBA players have missed an average of 13 games after suffering plantar fascia tears, which puts Dragic's involvement in the rest of the series in serious doubt.

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Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat defends LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the third quarter in Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 30 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Lakers won Game 116-98. Kevin C. Cox/Getty