Jimmy Butler scored a playoff-high 40 points and led Miami into victory in the opening game of the series. In Game 2 of this Eastern Conference semifinal, the Heat are facing the Bucks. Milwaukee will look to bounce today and even the series. They need to get more from reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was held to just 18 points in game one.
Date/Time: 09-02-2020, 18:30 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -5 Total: +220.5
Bucks had a 56-17 record in the regular season (39-34 ATS) and were first in the league. In their last game they saw a four-game winning streak end. They got defeated by the Heat in game 1, 104-115. They were a 5-point favorite and did not beat the odds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team both in scoring with 28.5 ppg and in rebounding with 15. He also adds 6.5 assists per game, while Kris Middleton adds 17.2 ppg, 7.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.
Heat had a 44-28 record in the regular season (36-35-2 ATS). They finished in the fifth place of the East. They have five consecutive wins. In their last game they won the Bucks, 115-104. They were a 5-point underdog and managed to cover the spread.
Jimmy Butler leads the team in scoring with 23.8 ppg, adding 5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Goran Dragic adds 23.6 ppg, 4.4 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
Heat lead the Bucks 3-1 wins this season.
Milwaukee are top in the league both offensively (118.3 to 112 ppg) and in boards grabbed (51.4 to 44.4).
They also have a better field goal percentage (47.7% to 46.7%).
On the other hand, Miami has a better 3-point percentage (38% to 35.8%)
Both teams are very close both in assists made (25.9 to 25.8) and in turnovers committed (14.9 to 15.2). They have identical defences (108.6 ppg).
Bookmakers give the Bucks a -5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. Heat found a way to contain Giannis and they will once again force a closer game or get away with another win.
Heat vs Bucks Game 2 Prediction: Miami Heat +5 (-109)