Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 2 Predictions, Odds & Picks

Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 2

  • The Miami Heat currently lead the series 1-0.
  • After outscoring the Heat 40-29 in the first quarter, the Bucks were outscored by 22 in the last three quarters.
  • Jimmy Butler leads all scorers in the series with 40 in Game 1.

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Heat vs Bucks Odds

Team Point Spread Total Money Line
Miami Heat +5 -109 O 221.5 -108 +180
Milwaukee Bucks -5 -112 U 221.5 -112 -215

 

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Heat vs Bucks Predictions and Picks

After their Game 1 disappointment at the hands of the Miami Heat, expect the NBA‘s regular-season winners to bounce back in a fierce way in Game 2. Expect a big match from Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Picks:

Milwaukee Bucks def. Miami Heat -215

Milwaukee -5 -112

Under 221.5 -112

How to Watch Heat vs Bucks

Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks Information
What Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks
Where ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL
When Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020; 6:30 PM EST
How to Watch/Listen Watch on ESPN+ here!

Head-to-Head: Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks

Miami Heat Head-to-Head Milwaukee Bucks
Erik Spoelstra Head Coach Mike Budenholzer
44-29 (5th in East, 11th Overall) Standing 56-17 (1st in East, 1st Overall)
W-W-W-W Form L-W-W-W
112.5 (7th of 30) Off Rtg 112.4 (8th of 30)
109.5 (11th of 30) Def Rtg 102.9 (1st of 30)
98.3 (27th of 30) Pace 105.1 (1st of 30)

Playoff Leaders (Per Game)

J. Butler (23.8) PPG G. Antetokounmpo (28.5)
B. Adebayo (12.4) RPG G. Antetokounmpo (15.0)
B. Adebayo (5.4) APG E. Bledsoe (6.6)
J. Butler (2.4) SPG E. Bledsoe (1.4)
A. Iguodala (1.2) BPG B. Lopez (1.3)
K. Olynyk (.550)/G. Dragic (9.0) FG%/FGM R. Lopez (.750)/G. Antetokounmpo (10.8)
J. Butler (.667)/G. Dragic (2.8) 3P%/3PM M. Williams (.615)/K. Middleton (2.7)

Can Miami Enforce Their Game?

The Miami Heat are methodical, dynamic, and efficient when it comes to the type of game they play. Their effort on the defensive end is matched by their organization and execution on the offensive side of the ball. To go along with a 40-point explosion from Jimmy Butler, the Heat stole Game 1.

In Game 1 against the Bucks, Miami was able to hold their opponents to just 75 field goal attempts in the game, to go along with forcing 19 turnovers – six of those turnovers came from Antetokounmpo. By forcing Milwaukee to play slower and more deliberate, the Heat were in their world.

Milwaukee will surely try to up the tempo in Game 2, so it will be up to the Florida-based club to protect their rim in transition. The athleticism on their team is notable at every frontcourt position. They can’t afford to put in a lesser effort in Game 2 against a Bucks team ready to retaliate.

Milwaukee Must Dominate the Paint

It usually isn’t an issue for the Wisconsin based franchise to dominate the interior. However in Game 1 against the Miami Heat, the Bucks struggled to enforce their game. In particular, Giannis Antetokounmpo couldn’t find his rhythm.

Milwaukee usually excels at the rim, but in Game 1 the Miami Heat outplayed them. The Bucks were -18 in the paint, mostly due to Miami’s excellent rotation and capable group of rim protectors.

Getting through the Miami wall won’t be easy for Milwaukee. Giannis can’t just plough his way through like usual, as the like of Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk have been able to challenge his physicality. Creating opportunities by stretching the Heat defence will be key.

Heat Key Player: (F) Jimmy Butler


Jimmy Butler may be living the most exciting redemption arc in NBA television history. After being ousted as a malcontent from a number of teams, Butler has led Miami through the Indiana Pacers in a sweep and scored 40 in a Game 1 victory over the Bucks.

Butler isn’t a deadeye shooter, which makes it even more impressive how successful he was operating in the paint against the Milwaukee defence.

After dropping 40 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals in Game 1, it’s easy to say that all eyes will be on Jimmy Butler to carry the Heat to another victory.

Bucks Key Player: (F) Giannis Antetokounmpo


Surprisingly for the Bucks, it was their star player that came up short for them in Game 1. Usually a dominant force, Antetokounmpo was limited in the paint and embarrassing from the free throw line.

In-Game 1 Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists on 50% shooting from the field and 40% from three. Overall solid numbers, but modest by his standards. He was particularly disappointing from the free-throw line, where he was 4-12 on the evening.

Antetokounmpo needs to navigate the Heat defense if he hopes to lead his team to success in Game 2. He kept the Heat honest from three, but dominating the paint is how he impacts a game. Without it, the regular-season champs could fall to 0-2.

 

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