In this battle between two teams that would face each other in the first round of the playoffs if the postseason started today, the first in the whole league Milwaukee Bucks (53-19), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the eighth Miami Heat (35-36), who on the other hand want to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 03-22-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -10
Milwaukee Bucks have a 53-19 record (42-27-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the whole NBA. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Cavaliers with a 102-107 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27.5 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 6 and in boards grabbed with 12.7 per game. He is followed by Kris Middleton with 17.9 ppg, 6.1 boards and 4.3 dimes per game.
Miami Heat have a 35-36 record (39-32 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 8th place of the East. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Spurs with a 110-105 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Josh Richardson with 16.8 ppg, adding 3.7 boards and 4.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Goran Dragic with 15.2 ppg and 4.2 dimes per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Bucks lead the Heat 2-1 wins, having won the previous home game with a 124-86 score. Bucks have a 28-6 home record, while the Heat are 18-16 on the road. Bucks are better offensively, scoring 117.4 ppg to Heat’s 106 ppg, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 105.7 ppg to Bucks’ 108.5. Bucks have a better field goal percentage (47.5% to 45.2%), while Heat have a better 3-point percentage (35.7% to 35.1%). Bucks are better in boards grabbed (49.4 to 46.3), in dimes made (26 to 24.1) and in turnovers committed (13.3 to 14.2). Bucks are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -10 spread but they might not be able to beat the odds if they miss Giannis in this game as well.
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -10 (-109)
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