Heat vs. Bucks Pick
Should the Milwaukee Bucks have any trouble when they play host to the Miami Heat tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Bucks are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Heat. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 204.5 points. Milwaukee is 5-2 overall and against the spread in its last seven meetings with the Heat. Miami won the lone meeting this season on Nov. 17, 96-73, in Miami.
Miami has lost nine of its last 10 games to fall to 11-29 on the season. The Heat are also 19-21 against the spread. Miami is scoring only 98.1 points per game on offense while the defense is giving up 102.4 points per game. Miami is dealing with plenty of injuries this season, but Goran Dragic is averaging 19 points and 6.5 assists per game. Hassan Whiteside is adding 17.5 points and 14.4 points per contest.
Milwaukee is coming off a big 109-107 win at San Antonio on Tuesday to move to 19-18 on the season. However, the Bucks are just 1-3 against the spread in their last four games to drop to 17-20 against the spread. Milwaukee puts up 105.1 points per game on offense this year while the defense is giving up 103 points per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo is putting up 23.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game to lead the offense while Jabari Parker is adding 20.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Miami is having trouble keeping pace with nearly anyone right now and the Bucks are a team on the verge of really pushing for a top-level spot in the East. Miami just doesn’t have the talent to compete tonight, especially against the Greek Freak, who is emerging as one of the league’s top players.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MILWAUKEE BUCKS -7