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Both the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat are looking to improve their current positions in the Eastern Conference! Milwaukee is currently second in the East with a 41-17 overall record and a 17-12 road record. Miami currently sits seventh in the East with a 32-27 overall record while touting an impressive 19-10 home record.
The Bucks and Heat have met three times already, with Miami holding a 2-1 regular season series lead over Milwaukee. The last time that these two teams played, the Bucks earned a 115-123 victory. The Heat and Bucks will meet for the fourth and final time this season, with Milwaukee having home court advantage.
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|Milwaukee Bucks||Head-to-Head||Miami Heat|
|Mike Budenholzer||Head Coach||Pat Riley|
|41-17 (2nd in East)||Standing||32-27 (7th in East)|
|113.8 (20th of 30)||Off Rtg||111.4 (27th of 30)|
|110.6 (3rd of 30)||Def Rtg||111.3 (4th of 30)|
|100.0 (11th of 30)||Pace||96.6 (28th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|G. Antetokounmpo (31.8)||PPG||J. Butler (21.7)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (12.2)||RPG||B. Adebayo (10.0)|
|J. Holiday (7.1)||APG||K. Lowry (5.3)|
|J. Holiday (1.3)||SPG||J. Butler (2.0)|
|B. Lopez (2.4)||BPG||B. Adebayo (0.8)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (.538)/G. Antetokounmpo (11.3)||FG%/FGM||B. Adebayo (.544)/B. Adebayo (8.5)|
|A. Green (.429)/J. Holiday (2.4)||3P%/3PM||T. Herro (.369)/T. Herro (3.0)|
|Jae Crowder||Milwaukee Bucks||13 Feb 2023||Out (Reconditioning)||Crowder will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.|
|Pat Connaughton||Milwaukee Bucks||16 Feb 2023||Day to Day (Calf)||Connaughton was OUT for Milwaukee's Thursday (Feb. 16) game.|
|Khris Middleton||Milwaukee Bucks||16 Feb 2023||Day to Day (Calf)||Middleton was OUT for Milwaukee's Thursday (Feb. 16) game.|
|Bobby Portis||Milwaukee Bucks||17 Feb 2023||Out (Knee)||Portis is hoping to return to play sometime after the All-Star break.|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||Milwaukee Bucks||20 Feb 2023||Day to Day (Wrist)||Antetokounmpo was OUT for Milwaukee's Thursday (Feb. 16) game.|
|Nikola Jovic||Miami Heat||03 Jan 2023||Out (Back)||Jovic is sidelined with a lower-back stress reaction and will be re-evaluated.|
|Kyle Lowry||Miami Heat||07 Feb 2023||Out (Knee)||There is no timetable set for Lowry's return.|
|Tyler Herro||Miami Heat||16 Feb 2023||Day to Day (Knee)||Herro was OUT for Miami's Wednesday (Feb. 15) game.|
|Victor Oladipo||Miami Heat||16 Feb 2023||Day to Day (Ankle)||Oladipo was OUT for Miami's Wednesday (Feb. 15) game.|
|Omer Yurtseven||Miami Heat||17 Feb 2023||Out (Ankle)||Yurtseven is projected to return after the All-Star break.|
While there's a fair amount of separation between the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference table, both teams are aiming to improve their own relative position. The Milwaukee Bucks are just a half-game out of first place after going on a 12-game win streak to close out the first half of the season. The Miami Heat have fallen to seventh in the East after suffering a two-game losing streak before the All-Star break.
The Milwaukee Bucks have made their name off the back of their defense, holding teams to just 111.6 points per game (6th in the NBA) on 45.3% shooting from the field and 34.6% from three-point range (3rd in the NBA). Through three games against Miami, the Bucks have averaged 18.3 threes per game despite losing by a 4.6 point differential. The Miami Heat will counter with their own intense defense, which holds teams to 108.3 points per game (2nd in the NBA) while forcing 16.3 turnovers per game (3rd in the NBA). The Heat have been more successful through their regular season series with the Bucks, mostly due to their dominance on the glass, out-rebounding their opponents 52.0 to 40.7.
Availability is going to play a large factor in this matchup, and both teams will be missing some key contributors. It's sure to be a defensive matchup, but Miami's limited scoring options due to injury will make finding victory difficult for them. Expect a tightly contested affair, but Milwaukee's shooting should give them the edge.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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