When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >
The eight-seed Miami Heat lead the one-seed Milwaukee Bucks 2-1 and are back in South Beach for Game Four Monday evening.
Caesars sportsbook is giving away up to $1,250 in bet credits for all customers that create an account using a Caesars promo code ahead of tip-off in Heat vs. Bucks Game Four.
Customers can unlock the full $1,250 in prizes depending on the size of their first bet. Whatever amount they choose to wager will be protected against with the promise of a 100% refund in bet credits up to $1,250. This deal only applies to a user’s first bet at Caesars.
Bet credits are not the same as cash but can be turned into cash with winning bets. Full terms and conditions apply.
Odds taken from Caesars Sportsbook.
🔥 Claimed by 124 people this week!
No bet-throughs required
Lots of sport-specific promos
Promo code 'WSN1000'
$1,000 First Bet on Caesars
21+ | Terms and conditions apply
There were widespread concerns that the Heat would not be able to score enough points without their best volume long-range shooter, Tyler Herro, who broke a pair of fingers in Game Two. Rather than be held down by those negative prognostications, the Heat poured in a franchise playoff-record 12 threes in the first half on only 19 attempts and took a 13-point lead into the intermission.
The Bucks offense struggled from the perimeter without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who did not play and is dealing with an injured lower back, attracting attention on the interior. That meant that the Heat had free reign to crowd the three-point line and force the Bucks’ shooters into difficult, contested shots.
The biggest indictment of Milwaukee’s Game Three performance, and also the biggest credit to Miami, is that the latter outscored the former in every quarter. This series is still far from over, especially with Giannis’ return still a possibility, but the Heat have finally elevated their play in a way it seemed as if they were incapable of.
Jimmy Butler scored 30 points (12-19 FG, 4-4 3PT) and had five rebounds and four assists in the winning effort. Duncan Robinson, Kyle Lowry, and Caleb Martin combined for 47 points and 15 rebounds off the bench and all had plus/minus box scores of at least +24, led by Martin’s +31.
The Heat’s shooting splits—53.6% from the field, 48.5% from three, 88.2% from the charity stripe—were off the charts. But no matter how impressive the numbers, they were dealt a significant loss with a late-game injury to Victor Oladipo. No official diagnosis has been provided, but it appeared very serious and he was carried off the court by his coaching staff.
Khris Middleton had another solid outing for the Bucks with 23 points (8-14 FG, 3-5 3PT), six assists, and five rebounds. He was the only player to score at least 20 points. Every player that saw more than four minutes of action also had a negative plus/minus, which is reflective of the Heat’s overall dominance on the day.
The Heat’s two wins in the series have been impressive, but both have been aberrations in their own right. The Game One win saw Giannis leave before the first quarter ended, and the Game Three win was headlined by arguably the greatest long-range shooting in performance in the storied franchise’s postseason history.
Milwaukee also has the ability to run red-hot even without Giannis in the lineup (see: Game Two). There is also potential for him to be back for the next game since he has been questionable for each of the last two and coach Mike Budenholzer remains optimistic about his return to the court.
Clearly, the Bucks have to do a better job on defense. In a weird way, having their hand forced into playing Robinson and, now that Oladipo is out, other bench players has forced them to take more three-pointers and actually improved their offensive efficiency. Lest the basketball world forget the Heat were the one-seed in the last playoffs and one Jimmy Butler three-pointer away from reaching the NBA Finals for the second time in three years.
The Heat will win Game Four if they can keep their offensive rhythm going and utilize the increased space provided by Robinson, Max Strus, Kevin Love, and the other shooters that have come to life in the series. It now appears that playoff Jimmy Butler is here to stay, which also gives them the ever-present threat and leader they were missing during the play-in games.
Miami could use more production from Bam Adebayo, whose points, rebounds, and blocks averages are down compared to the regular season, but they are holding up just fine.
The Bucks will have a much better chance to win Game Four if Giannis returns to the lineup. If he can’t they will need Middleton to continue to get back to his All-Star form and also need Jrue Holiday to be more of an offensive threat.
Milwaukee also needs to lock in on defense like it is more than capable of and force the Heat’s new-found ball movement to stall out.
The Heat have been playing well above any level they showed in the regular season. Their disappointing play-in performances made it seem as if they couldn’t flick the playoff switch like they had in years past, but that has been proven untrue.
With all of that being said, the Heat have needed historic nights to win these games and were even uncharacteristically spectacular in the Game Two loss. It’s time for them to come back to Earth and for the Bucks to pick up a win by covering the spread.
Free play options
Special contests for newbies
Bet $5 on a Money Line, Get $150 in Bonus Bets
21+ | Terms and conditions apply
Wide range of betting options
Top notch customer service
Promo Code 'SPORTS'
$500 Free Bet
21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500
Grant is a sports and sports betting journalist who prides himself on delivering breaking news and insightful analyses of the industry. Grant graduated from Virginia Tech in 2021 and is feverishly pursuing his ambitions in the sports betting field.
In his free time, Grant can be found passionately watching sports, doing a workout, or searching for adventure with his friends.More info on Grant Mitchell
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.
WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.