NBA Tips & Preview – Heat @ Bucks

The daily preview it to the rim with NBA tips for an Eastern Conference blockbuster, with Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks completing their season series. 

12:00 (AEDT), Thu 3rd Mar @ Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee

History: Played 134: Heat 81 V Bucks 55

Last meeting: December 8, 2021: Heat 113 d Bucks 104 at FTX Arena

Final Thoughts: Miami Heat have built a two-game lead at the top of the Eastern Conference courtesy of four straight wins. Now they head to Milwaukee to take on the fourth-placed, defending champion Bucks.

The 41-21 Heat have come out firing from the All-Star break, beating the Knicks (115-100) and Spurs (133-129) on back-to-back days before overpowering the second-placed Bulls 112-99 for their ninth win in 10 games. The Heat led the Bulls by 24 at three-quarter time.

Gabe Vincent, in the starting line-up for the unavailable DeMar DeRozan, (20 pts) hit four three-pointers, while Tyler Herro (20 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast) again starred off the bench. The guards’ strong showing allowed marquee pair Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo – both in tremendous recent form – to play an auxiliary role.

Lowry (personal reasons) will miss this clash, while Markieff Morris is also out and Caleb Martin is day-to-day.

The 37-25 Bucks bounced back from a 1-4 run – including a loss to the depleted Nets out of the All-Star break – with a 130-106 blowout of the Hornets on Tuesday (AEDT). Giannis Antetokounmpo (25 pts, 16 reb, 2 stl, 4 blk) stuffed the stats sheet in typical style, while Bobby Portis (20 pts, 10 reb) continued his fine form and Jrue Holiday (21 pts, 6 reb, 8 ast) also starred.

George Hill is out for another week, while big man Brook Lopez is inching his way towards a return.

After getting swept by the Bucks in the First Round of last season’s playoffs, the Heat have won two of the teams’ three clashes so far in this campaign – all played in the first six weeks of the season.

Miami’s 137-95 and 113-104 wins at home bookended Milwaukee’s 124-102 victory (without Giannis) at Fiserv Forum.

The Bucks are 21-12 at home (12-21 ATS) despite losing four of their last seven at Fiserv Forum. The Heat are 20-14 on the road (20-13-1 ATS), winning their last six straight away from Miami.

This shapes as a absolute cracker as the playoffs loom. The in-form Heat look the value option with a start.

Best Bet: Handicap – Heat +4.5 @ $1.90