Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat Game 3 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Game 2 between the Bucks and Heat was just the third time in NBA history that a game was decided via free throws without time left on the clock.
- The Miami Heat are one of two teams in the NBA Playoffs who remain undefeated.
- The Bucks are averaging just 80 field goal attempts per game, 10 fewer than their season average.
Bucks vs Heat Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-5 -110||O 223.5 -112||-195|
|Miami Heat||+5 -109||U 223.5 -109||+160|
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Bucks vs Heat Predictions and Picks
If it weren’t for some sketchy late calls, the Milwaukee Bucks could’ve brought the series level in Game 2. We see Milwaukee coming out with force in Game 3 and taking their first win of the series.
How to Watch Bucks vs Heat
|Bucks vs Heat Information|
|What||Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Friday, September 4th, 2020; 6:30 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||TNT|
Head-to-Head: Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat
|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)|
|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)
|G. Dragic (23.5)||PPG||G. Antetokounmpo (28.6)|
|B. Adebayo (11.8)||RPG||G. Antetokounmpo (14.9)|
|B. Adebayo (5.0)||APG||G. Antetokounmpo (6.0)|
|J. Butler (2.5)||SPG||E. Bledsoe (1.2)|
|A. Iguodala (1.0)||BPG||B. Lopez (1.3)|
|K. Olynyk (.577)/G. Dragic (8.8)||FG%/FGM||R. Lopez (.750)/G. Antetokounmpo (10.7)|
|J. Butler (.545)/G. Dragic (3.0)||3P%/3PM||M. Williams (.471)/T-Lopez, Middleton (2.3)|
Milwaukee Have A Lot to Build Off Of
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Miami Heat. After giving away the game-winning free throws without time left on the clock, the Bucks left the court with a sombre attitude. Fortunately for the regular-season winners, they have a lot to feel positive about.
Despite being outscored from three-point range by 30, the Bucks were able to bring the game level late in the fourth. Milwaukee proved that their aggressiveness at the rim can be a game-changer, regardless of the Heat’s perimeter defence.
Converting on 33 of 39 free throws was almost a game saver for the Bucks. With maintained aggressiveness, some improved distance shooting, and better late-game execution, the Bucks could definitely bring home a win.
Miami’s Perimeter Defence is Elite
The Miami Heat are a well-drilled team by one of the NBA‘s best coaches in Erik Spoelstra. Top ten in the league in field-goal percentage allowed and field-goal attempts allowed, the Heat is always a threat on the defensive side of the ball.
It’s difficult for any team to contain the Bucks, but the Heat was able to trade their interior defence for a lockdown performance from the perimeter. Miami was able to hold their opponents to 7-25 shooting from three-point range. In fact, only four of the Bucks’ ten players to play even converted a three-point field goal attempt.
It’s unlikely that the Heat will be able to hold Milwaukee to such a poor shooting performance in Game 3, but the standard for performance is there for them. Eliminating Milwaukee’s production from the range will be key in keeping the Bucks at bay.
Bucks Key Player: (G) Wes Matthews
Great effort from Wes Matthews on this play vs. Butler. Doesn’t let Butler come off the pick, doesn’t let him reject, Heat have to go elsewhere. Bucks do a good job of handling the cuts on both sides…Bam just nails this one at the end of the clock. Huge shot. pic.twitter.com/id6tU4HE0t
— Steve Jones Jr. (@stevejones20) September 3, 2020
Wes Matthews is a veteran, three-and-d shooting guard with a history of defending the opposition’s most talented wing players. In-Game 2 against the Miami Heat, he was excellent defensively but left the Bucks wanting on the offensive end.
Matthews was just 2-8 from the field in Game 2, contributing only four points and four rebounds in 30 minutes of play. On the other hand, he held Jimmy Butler to 3-8 shooting and only 13 points after his 40-point Game 1 performance.
If Matthews can balance his production, the Bucks will be a much deadlier team in Game 3. A career 38% three-point shooter, Matthews needs to make an impact on the offensive end.
Heat Key Player: (F-C) Bam Adebayo
— Lucas Parmenter (@LucasParmenter) September 3, 2020
First-time All-Star Bam Adebayo has been fantastic for the Heat this season. An all-around player with versatility on both ends of the court, Adebayo is crucial in enforcing Miami’s intense defence.
Adebayo’s contributions were understated in Game 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks, but he always stuffs the stat sheet. Adebayo contributed 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and one steal. He did foul out of the game, but only after he knocked down a crucial mid-range jumper.
Adebayo doesn’t need to be a scorer for the Heat to win. But his impact defensively, particularly against Antetokounmpo in the paint, will define how successful the Heat can be.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]