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Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat: Prediction and Betting Tips
It was a tense affair in game one for both teams but more importantly for the home side. The Bucks needed overtime to take the lead in the best of seven series and they will hope to avoid their elimination of last season by the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs. It was a close first game as both teams couldn’t build a commanding lead over their opponent.
The Bucks had a very good defensive display and could stop the Heat’s top-scoring thread, Jimmy Butler, who was guarded by 2020 best defensive player Giannis Antetokounmpo. The bucks also did a great job protecting the paint and allowed just 24 points for Miami from under the paint. It will be interesting to see whether the Bucks can maintain their form in the second game.
Despite being guarded heavily, Jimmy Butler sent the game to overtime after scoring a lay-up on the buzzer. Butler scored just four of his 22 shots but still finished the game scoring 17 points and had a double-double with ten rebounds on top of his points tally. Duncan Robinson scored 24 points with a 7-13 shooting from the three-point range.
Goran Dragic was the best scorer for Miami with 25 points five of which from the three-point arc. Miami had a percentage of 36.4% field goals, quite far off from their season average of 46.8%.
Coach Eric Spoelstra needs to address his team’s performance under the paint both defensively and offensively. Miami had 51 total rebounds, 14 lesser than their opponents.
- Bucks have an average of 120.1 points per game this season
- Miami have an average of 108.1 points per game this season
- The Bucks are the third-best shooting team in the NBA with a 48.7% average
- Miami Heat are fifth in the NBA in points allowed for opponents with an average of 109 points per game
Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat Prediction
The Bucks will make sure they keep their home-court advantage and make the series 2-0 before traveling to Miami. We saw how close the first match was unlike the three regular-season H2H games.
Both teams made sue the other’s key players are well guarded to keep their points tally as low as possible. Miami made 20 three points from 50 attempts but still lost. The Bucks guarded the paint and opened the arc and it paid off.
For the second game, we think the Bucks will adopt the same tactic. They need to improve their long-range shooting to make it easier for them. We predict a similar game like game one and over 216 total points.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat Betting Tips
Over 216.5 points 1.55 at Bet365
Money line Bucks to Win 1.54 at Bet365
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