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(25-18) Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks (23-20)
Date: Wednesday January 17
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Bucks -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 205.5
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Wednesday January 17th features two Eastern Conference seeded squads tipping off. The sizzling Heat enters the night having lost their last match to the Bulls. Milwaukee enter having beat the Wizards, but this followed a loss to today’s opponent.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Heat winning three of the four contests and are also up in this year’s series 1-0.
The Heat hold the all-time record having bested the Bucks 65 of 106 matches.
With the trade deadline approaching keep an eye on the Heat to see if they move Hassan Whiteside. Bam Adebayo is proving to be much more than just a rebounder or rim protector and subsequently he’s giving the Heat options.
If Pat Riley senses the impending demise of the Cleveland Cavaliers smart money would be on him shopping Whiteside to shore up the troops.
With all the focus on the Cavaliers troubles and the Celtics and Raptors consistently ranking in the top two east seeds the Heat have quietly moved up up the ladder. Looking forward the Cavaliers have a brutal schedule to make up for their easy first half.
Meanwhile the Heat are poised to leapfrog Cleveland sitting just one game behind them.
To make this move the Heat will need to navigate some injuries. The key loss is Tyler Johnson who sprained his ankle in the last outing. Also out are Dion Waiters, Okaro White and Rodney McGruder.
A glance at the Bucks season offers questions. With Giannis Antetokounmpo quickly becoming one of the League’s top stars and surrounded by talent most felt the team would perform better.
Instead they’ve vacillated up and down the ladder. Kris Middleton is struggling from the perimeter and coach Jason Kidd has pundits scratching their heads over both his offensive and defensive choices.
The addition of Eric Bledsoe seemed to spark the squad, but after a brief surge up the ladder the offense is once more in flux. Jabari Parker’s return is on the horizon which offers hope, but will Parker join the starting unit and how will that affect the chemistry and style.
A deeper dive showcases the issues of the 7th seeded squad who are 5-5 in their last 10 games. Offensively the Bucks rank 8th but defensively the team are 23rd.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2 in the Heat’s last 8 overall.
- Under is 23-10 in the Heat’s last 33 road games.
- Over is 11-2-1 in Bucks last 14 games as a favorite.
- Over is 9-3-1 in Bucks last 13 home games.
- Under is 14-6-2 in the last 22 head to head meetings.
Free Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Prediction: Heat +4.5
Neither squad boasts a strong net differential and in fact is the only two seeded east teams with a negative differential. Generally this would point to the home team having the advantage, but the Heat are laser focused on overtaking Cleveland.
The injuries will make this task difficult, particularly if Johnson remains out too long. Still, this game will likely come down to the wire so take the Heat and the points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat +4.5
I’m not confident the Heat can win without Johnson, but they’ll keep this game close and cover the spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Bucks 102 – Heat 100
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