The Bucks played with their backs against the wall and without the reigning MVP Giannis Antentokoumpo for three quarters in game 4. Kris Middleton stepped up and carried Milwaukee to the win and cut Miami’s lead to 3-1 wins. In Game 5 of this Eastern semifinal, the Heat are once again looking to end the series and advance to the conference Finals.
Date/Time: 09-08-2020, 18:30 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks +4 Total: +218.5
Bucks finished the regular season with a 56-17 record (39-34 ATS), which was the best in the NBA. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak. They won against the Heat in Game 4, 118-115 in overtime. They were a -2 favorite and managed to beat the odds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team both in scoring with 26.7 ppg and in rebounding with 13.8. He also adds 5.7 assists, while Kris Middleton adds 20 ppg, 6.9 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists per game.
Heat finished the regular season with a 44-28 record (36-35-2 ATS). They were 5th in the East. In their last game they saw a 7-game winning streak end. They lost by Milwaukee in game four, 115-118 in OT. They were a 2-point underdog and didn’t cover the spread.
Jimmy Butler leads the team in scoring with 22.4 ppg, adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Goran Dragic adds 21.6 ppg, 4.5 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
Miami leads Milwaukee 5-2 wins this season.
Bucks have the best offense in the league (118 to 112.2 ppg) and grab the most rebounds (51.2 to 44.4).
They also have a better accuracy from the field (47.6% to 46.7%).
On the other hand, Heat have a better 3-point percentage (37.9% to 35.6%)
Both teams are very close both defensively (108.7 to 108.8 ppg) and in turnovers committed (14.8 to 15.1).
They dish exactly 25.8 assists per game.
Bookmakers give the Heat a -4 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Giannis is questionable for today and Miami will end the series one way or another.
Heat vs Bucks Game 5 Prediction: Miami Heat -4 (-109)