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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(0-1) Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks (1-0)
Date: Monday, May 24th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NBA Moneyline Odds: Heat +167 | Bucks -178
NBA Betting Odds: Bucks -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 222.5
Game two of the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks first-round series tips off Monday at Fiserv Forum at 7:30 pm EST. The Bucks took the early series lead via 109-107 victory and a highly physical match.
If you’re annoyed by the disparity in the free throw attempts (33 to 19 for the Bucks) then join the crowd. Expect more of the same as this series progresses and the teams vitriol grows.
Early on it became clear that Jimmy Butler was going to be a marked man in this series. Butler took several hard fouls from Brook Lopez which bordered on flagrant and appeared to be pre-meditated.
I can envision Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra having a tete a tete between games to cook up a retaliatory response.
Riley comes from the old school so hard fouls are fine — just don’t expect the Heat to turn the other cheek without a response. Recently, Udonis Haslem checked into a game to send a message to Joel Embiid, Dwight Howard, and the 76ers.
I’ll be shocked if one of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, or Khris Middleton won’t receive similar attention in Game 2 with Jimmy telling Brook – give me your best shot but expect your stars to get our best shot back!
As for the numbers, despite the hard knocks Butler came close to a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and a block.
Goran Dragic led scoring with 25 and Duncan Robinson was on fire from deep scoring 24 points hitting seven 3-pointers.
Antetokounmpo was dominant with 26 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, and three steals but had five turnovers and struggled from the charity stripe (6 of 13).
Watch for Miami to send him to the line more using the entire squad on the floor to share in fouls with the secondary defender ensuring GA goes to the line instead of getting off a clean shot.
In truth, I can’t say I saw much different from Coach Bud then we’ve witnessed the past two seasons in terms of his game plan or schemes. The main difference was Jrue Holiday is simply a much better player than Eric Bledsoe and Middleton had a big game.
Holiday delivered a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists and three steals. Middleton dropped 27 points including the game winner plus six rebounds and six assists.
- The teams are 5-5 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Heat are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Prediction:
Bam Adebayo was great on the boards but has to produce more offensively. Expect Coach Spo to make some adjustments and Bam to be much more aggressive in this second game.
Also of note the Bucks won scoring in the paint (56-24) and on the break (12-2). Miami can’t give up both so expect better transition and interior defense in Game 2. Albeit it’s a fine tune because the Heat managed the perimeter and can’t afford to give up wide-open bombs.
The other big takeaway was bench scoring with the Heat absolutely dominating 39 to 15. Milwaukee’s depth has always been a concern and over the course of a long series (which I think this will be) it will eventually pay dividends for Miami who’ll be able to rest their starters while the Bucks won’t have that option.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat +4.5
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