Free NBA Pick: Expect Heat -1 to Bounce Back Tonight When Visiting Struggling Bucks

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:34 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015 2:34 PM UTC

While the Bucks continue to slip up, the Heat have made things very interesting in the Eastern Conference. Who are the NBA odds favoring in this evening's conference showdown?

Odds Overview
There's no doubt the Heat have been the better team lately, and that's why they favored by a point on NBA betting odds despite being on the road.

The O/U is at 193.5, and that low number makes sense with Milwaukee and Miami ranked 22nd and 27th respectively in points scored per game. That being said, the Heat have been pushing the pace since acquiring Goran Dragic, which throws somewhat of a curveball into the equation.


Milwaukee Bucks
Things just keeping going downhill for the Bucks. They're choking away a playoff spot, but there is enough time left for them to figure it out and get back on track. The losing streak has reached six games for Milwaukee, which puts Jason Kidd's gang at 34-36 overall. Not long ago the Bucks were 31-23, so it's been quite the collapse lately.

Milwaukee last took the court Sunday in a 108-90 loss to Cleveland. Though the Bucks shot 54.3 percent from the field, they were awful defensively and incredibly slopping with the ball, turning it over 23 times in all. LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Kyrie Irving all scored 20 or more points, so Milwaukee couldn't really stop anyone over the weekend. 

The Bucks are now just a game and half up on the Heat in the sixth seed, but Boston, Charlotte and Indiana are right in the mix too, so this losing run couldn't have come at a worse time. Kidd has to get this thing figured out, or Milwaukee will be on the outside looking in when it comes to playoff time.


Miami Heat
The Heat fell short in Oklahoma City over the weekend, but they've still been on the up and up, having won three of their previous four contests. Based on the way they've been gelling together recently, they look like they're a lock to make the postseason, especially if everyone stays healthy from here on out.

Let's recap Sunday's loss to the Thunder. The Heat could only muster up 75 points in the 93-75 defeat, as no member of Erik Spoelstra's was able to score more than 13 points. Miami shot 39.5 percent from the field and overall, and defensively they couldn't stop Russell Westbrook at all, which isn't really all that surprising. It didn't help that they hit only three threes (3-of-18) while going 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from the charity stripe.

Chris Bosh is obviously out for the rest of the season, but the Heat still have a legitimate chance in the postseason as long as the rest of the crew stays healthy. Wade and Goran Dragic have formed a good understanding already, and that duo is only going to get more and more efficient, just in time for the playoffs. If Hassan Whiteside can keep improving and Luol Deng and Mario Chalmers can make impacts too, who knows what Miami could end up doing.


NBA Pick
The Heat didn't look good against the Thunder the other day, but we think they'll bounce back, and it helps that they'll be coming up against the team that's struggling more than anyone in the NBA right now.

It looks like Miami is ready to make a push for the playoffs and they're in a great spot to make some noise. On more simpler terms, the Heat are the more talented team and they'll have the best player on the court in Wade, who has looked rejuvenated here of late. He's said himself that this is the best he's felt in years, which is great news for all those that are considering the Heat.

So, with our NBA picks, we think Miami offers good value on the road in this situatiion.

NBA Pick: Miami Heat -1 at BetOnline

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