The Heat won a thrilling game 2 and now have a strong 2-0 lead in this series, increasing their winning streak to 6 games. They are facing once again the Bucks in Game 3 of this Eastern conference semifinal. Milwaukee needs to step up and bounce back in order to avoid a disastrous 3-0 lead by Miami.
Date/Time: 09-04-2020, 18:30 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat +5 Total: +223
Heat finished the regular season with a 44-28 record (36-35-2 ATS). They were 5th in the East. They have six consecutive wins. In their last game they won the Bucks in Game 2, 116-114. They were a 5.5-point underdog but managed to beat the odds.
Goran Dragic leads the team in scoring with 23.5 ppg, adding 4.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Jimmy Butler adds 22 ppg, 4.7 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
Bucks finished the regular season with a 56-17 record (39-34 ATS) which was the best in the NBA. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost against Miami, 114-116. They were a -5.5 favorite but did not cover the spread.
Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team in scoring with 28.6 ppg, in rebounding with 14.9 and in assists made with 6. Kris Middleton adds 18 ppg, 7.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.
Miami leads Milwaukee 4-1 wins this season.
Bucks league the NBA in offense (118.2 to 112.1 ppg) and in rebounding (51.4 to 44.4).
They also have a better field goal percentage (47.6% to 46.7%).
On the other hand, Heat are better in 3-point percentage (38% to 35.7%) and in turnovers committed (14.8 to 15.2).
Both teams are very close in assists made (25.8 to 25.7) and have identical defences, allowing 108.7 ppg each.
Bookmakers give the Bucks a -5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. Even if they win, it will be a very close game, so pick the Heat in this one.
Bucks vs Heat Game 3 Prediction: Miami Heat +5 (-109)