The Bucks have been one of the pleasant surprises this season, but will they have enough to get the better of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and the Heat? We've examined the NBA betting odds for this upcoming battle in Milwaukee.
The Bucks have been playing a lot better than people expected them to, and with the Heat struggling to find their footing, the home team has been priced out as the small favorites in the NBA odds.
Right now, Milwaukee is favored by 1.5 points, with the total set at 195.5. Both teams are in the top half of the league in scoring defense, so we can see why the O/U is as low as it is.
The Bucks, owners of a 10-10 overall record, have been going through a lot of highs and lows recently.
After recording a three-game winning streak, with a couple victories over the Pistons and a win over the Timberwolves too, Milwaukee has since dropped three in a row. They've fallen at home to Houston and Dallas and on the road to Cleveland, three of the better teams in the league this season.
In the team's most recent loss, at home against the Mavs, it was a heartbreaking end, with Monta Ellis hitting a crazy game-winner as time expired. Losing like that is never easy, especially when it's front of your own fans. In spite of the loss, Brandon Knight was terrific, logging 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Khris Middleton was great off the bench, pouring in 21 points and adding eight rebounds.
The tough stretch of games continues for the Bucks, who will take on the Heat and then the Mavericks, Thunder and Clippers over their next four games. We're about to see how good this team really is, though for now you have to tip your hat to Jason Kidd for the job he's doing with this young group.
Looking to avoid a third straight loss, the Heat are still having a hard time finding their best rhythm out on the court.
Of course, it hasn't helped to have Dwyane Wade missing games here and there, with the chemistry obviously not being able to be forged. Josh McRoberts hasn't been healthy either. With that said, we feel it'd be best to wait to reserve judgement about this team, as we want to see what they're capable of when they've got their best rotation available.
Miami has been off since Wednesday's home loss to Atlanta. The Heat shot 56.3 percent from the field, yet they were atrocious defensively and turned the ball over 18 times. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had 55 points between them, and Mario Chalmers (19/11/5) was also effective, but no one else scored in double figures for Miami, and again there was little to no defense being played.
Now the Heat get a chance at revenge against a Milwaukee team they lost to earlier in the year. Miami's overall numbers have left a lot to be desired this season, but we reckon they'll figure it out sooner or later, and maybe the transformation will start tonight.
We're impressed by how competitive Milwaukee's been, but that doesn't mean they're the smart play with our NBA picks tonight.
The Heat haven't been scaring anyone this season, but they're still a well-coached team and they're also going to have the best two players on the court in Bosh and Wade. That's always helpful, especially out on the road against a young and hungry team.
Like Milwaukee, Miami is also trying to end a losing skid, and we think they'll be successful. We're not sure who's going to stop Bosh from dominating inside, and we look for that to be the catalyst in a Heat victory. With your sports picks, take Miami to win straight up and cover as the underdogs in this matchup.
Free NBA Pick: Miami Heat +1.5 at 5Dimes