NBA Picks: Bucks vs. Heat Game 2

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:04 PM GMT

It was business as usual for the Heat in Game 1. Will they do something similar to Brandon Jennings and company tonight in Game 2?


Odds Overview
 

The Heat closed as 13-point favorites in Game 1 yet still easily covered, so oddsmakers have responded by raising the number even further. Current NBA odds have Miami favored by either 13.5 or 14 points.

The total for Game 2 is at 197. In five regular season and playoff meetings this season, the UNDER has gone 3-1-1.

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Miami Heat 

In the 110-87 win over the weekend, the Heat shot 55.9 percent overall and made 27-of-33 attempts from the charity stripe. They also out-rebounded Milwaukee 46-31.

LeBron James was two assists shy of a triple-double. He finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while shooting 9-of-11 from the floor. Dwyane Wade had a 16/5/5 line and Miami was +27 when he was on the floor. 

Erik Spoelstra had to be very pleased with his bench as well. Ray Allen had 20 points, five boards, three assists, and two steals in close to 29 minutes, while Chris Andersen came up with 10 points and seen rebounds.

Dating back to the regular season, the Heat have now reeled off nine straight wins. They're showing no signs of slowing down whatsoever. 

The scary thing? LeBron wasn't fully satisfied with how Miami played. He especially didn't like how many turnovers they committed (19), meaning we could see an even better overall team performance from the defending champions tonight. 

Milwaukee Bucks 

The Bucks were given a taste of what they can expect out of Miami throughout this first-round series. They're going to have to change things up if they want to avoid getting swept, that much we know. 

In Game 1, both Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis shot the ball well, but Milwaukee still lost by 23. 

Jennings was 8-of-20 from the field, including 4-of-10 from beyond the arc, to finish with 26 points But he did little else, handing out only two assists in the loss. Ellis was 10-of-19 from the floor for 22 points and added four rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Believe it or not, the two guards were the only Milwaukee players to score in double figures. Ersan Ilyasova was a ghost, scoring just two points on 1-of-7 shooting, while Mike Dunleavy and J.J. Redick had 11 points between them. 

We get that too much weight shouldn't be put into regular season performances, but it's hard to ignore the fact Milwaukee has lost six of their last seven and is now 4-13 over their last 17. Not the kind of momentum you want to build up heading into a matchup with the best team in the league with everything on the line.

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NBA Pick

The Bucks were only in the game at all because of the offensive ability of Jennings and Ellis, but at least one other player is going to have to step up if Milwaukee wants to get even one win in this series. 

We just don't see it happening tonight. Miami looked extremely sharp on both ends of the court this past weekend and eventually just wore the Bucks down. Why should anything change in Game 2?

It never hurts to have confidence in you and your team, but Jennings' comments have seemingly given the Heat even more incentive to come out and play excellent ball. We think they'll cruise to another victory here in Game 2 en route to another ATS cover. 

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