Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks 8/31/2020 NBA Previews and Prediction
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks 8/31/2020 – The NBA Eastern Conference is now down to four teams as the Miami Heat takes on league-leading Milwaukee Bucks for Game 1 of their best-of-seven series to kick off the second round of the NBA Playoffs. This game will be held on Monday, August 31 at the HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida. TNT holds the broadcast rights for this game and the live coverage starts at 6:30 P.M. Eastern Time. Live streaming is made available through NBA League Pass and SofaScore. NBA Game Odds see the Milwaukee Bucks as the favorites to win over the gritty Miami Heat.
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks 8/31/2020
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks 8/31/2020 Betting Odds
Miami Heat Betting
The Miami Heat came off from a convincing sweep over the Indiana Pacers and have a good rest waiting for the Milwaukee Bucks to finish their series. Jimmy Butler has been the leader statistically and vocally as he clamped down T.J. Warren to reach his usual bubble numbers. Goran Dragic will play a huge role to keep the Bucks backcourt busy in guarding him. Meanwhile, Bam Adebayo has his hands full trying to limit Brook Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo getting to their usual averages. Expect rookies Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson to experience the litmus test against a veteran team in the NBA Playoffs.
Players to Watch: G. Dragic PG GP 4 GS 4 MIN 34.3 PTS 22.8 OR 1.3 DR 2.8 REB 4 AST 5 STL 1.3 BLK 0 TO 2.5 PF 2.5 AST/TO 2 PER 19
J. Butler SF GP 4 GS 4 MIN 33.8 PTS 19.8 OR 1.8 DR 3.5 REB 5.3 AST 4 STL 2.5 BLK 1 TO 3.8 PF 1.5 AST/TO 1.1 PER 20.61
T. Herro SG GP 4 GS 0 MIN 32.3 PTS 16.5 OR 0.5 DR 3.5 REB 4 AST 3 STL 0.5 BLK 0.3 TO 1 PF 2 AST/TO 3 PER 16.02.
Milwaukee Bucks Betting
The Milwaukee Bucks had been controversial for the past few days but they shrugged it off by completing their best-of-seven series win over the Orlando Magic in five games. Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to reach his usual MVP numbers as well as fellow NBA All-Star Khris Middleton backing him up. Brook Lopez has a prime role to keep Bam Adebayo from clogging the driving lanes and will be expected to space the floor with his shooting. Eric Bledsoe has his hands full battling the deep guard rotation of the Heat and keeping him active on the floor on both ends will be a key.
Players to watch: G. Antetokounmpo PF GP 5 GS 5 MIN 31.8 PTS 30.6 OR 3.2 DR 12.8 REB 16 AST 6 STL 0.6 BLK 0.6 TO 3.8 PF 4 AST/TO 1.6 PER 33.1
K. Middleton SF GP 5 GS 5 MIN 31.8 PTS 15 OR 0.6 DR 7.2 REB 7.8 AST 5.2 STL 0.8 BLK 0.2 TO 3.4 PF 2.8 AST/TO 1.5 PER 9.1
B. Lopez C GP 5 GS 5 MIN 30.2 PTS 13.4 OR 1.2 DR 3.2 REB 4.4 AST 0.6 STL 1.2 BLK 1.2 TO 1.4 PF 2.4 AST/TO 0.4 PER 14.2.
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks 8/31/2020 Betting Numbers
Miami are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
Milwaukee are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
Chris Silva SG Groin is “?”
George Hill PG Finger is upgraded to probable Monday vs Miami
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks Betting Picks
The Miami Heat have been impressive throughout the season and leading to this matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. This should be a big test for them but according to Top Online Sportsbook, they are the underdogs in this game and series. There are only a few players that can match up with Antetokounmpo and it will be a huge challenge for Jimmy Butler to keep the reigning MVP to reach his numbers.
Moneyline: The ML given to the Heat for this game is +200 if they pull an upset. Meanwhile, the Bucks are at -240.
ATS: It is 5.5 points between both teams for Game 1. It is the Bucks holding the -5.5 while the Heat are on the other side with +5.5.
TOTALs: 223 points is the given total for this game with the Bucks expected to be the team under while the Heat are over.
Score Prediction: 118 – 110 Bucks