Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks 10/26/2019 NBA Odds, Picks and Preview
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks 10/26/2019 The Milwaukee Bucks look to continue their winning ways as they gun for a 2-0 start against the Miami Heat, who will play without star forward Jimmy Butler for the second consecutive game. Fresh from 117-111 road victory over the Houston Rockets, the East’s favorites Bucks will have their home-opener at Fiserv Forum against a Miami squad that is coming off a 120-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Bucks are entering the game as -10 points NBA betting favorite, but the Heat might have a different plan on Saturday.
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks 10/26/2019
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks 10/26/2019 Betting Odds
Miami Heat Betting
The Heat will be missing the service of Jimmy Butler, their prized free-agent acquisition last summer, because of personal reasons (birth of his daughter). Despite Butler’s absence in the home opener, Miami proved to be a tough customer for Memphis as they shot 47.1 percent from the field and beat their opponent for the boards 51-40. But for the Heat to repeat as winners, they are going to need another outstanding all-around performance from Justise Winslow, who recorded 27 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists. Rookie Kendrick Nunn debut with 24 points and Goran Dragic added 19 off the bench.
Players to Watch Justise Winslow (27.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, Kendrick Nunn (24.0, 2.0 RPG, 3.0 APG) and Goran Dragic (19.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.0 PPG).
Milwaukee Bucks Betting
The Bucks opened the 2019-20 NBA season on a scintillating fashion, rallying from an early double-digit deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 117-111. Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo filled in the stats sheet, recording 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists. Six Bucks players also scored in double figures, including Wesley Matthews (14 points) and Khris Middleton (11 points).
Players to Watch: Giannis Antetokounmpo (30 PPG, 13 RBP, 11 APG), Wesley Matthews (14 PPG, 4 RPG, 1 APG), and Ersan Ilyasova (13 PPG and 11RPG)
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks 10/26/2019 Betting Numbers
Miami is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
Udonis Haslem – OUT (Wrist)
Jimmy Butler – OUT (Personal Reasons)
Dion Waiters – OUT (Suspended)
No Reported Injuries
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks Betting Picks
The Bucks are surprisingly 4-1 in the last 10 head-to-head meetings with the Heat, averaging 100.6 points on 44 percent FG shooting over that stretch. The Heat, meanwhile, is dropping 98 points per game on 43 percent FG shooting. Bet on NBA games now to earn some serious cash.
Moneyline: On paper, the Bucks should be the hands-down favorite to win. However, taking the stats over their last 10 meetings into account, it seems the Heat knows how to play Giannis and company. Still, my bet will be on the Bucks, who are looking a notch better than they were a season ago.
ATS: The Heat has a 6-4 ATS record vs. the Bucks over the last 10 games. Again, the Bucks are entering as the 10-point favorites. As I said, nobody should count out the Heat because they seem comfortable playing against the Bucks. But without Butler, it will take another monster game from Winslow just to keep the Heat within striking distance.
TOTALs: The O/U total for this game is set at 226.5 points. Again, based on their head-to-head stats over the last 10 games, the Heat-Bucks total score tends to float around 200 to 205. Both teams like to play defense, and that’s the reason why I don’t believe they are going to exceed the O/U Totals
Score Prediction: 110-103 Bucks