Heat vs. Bucks Game 2 Prediction
Game 2 between the Heat and the Bucks will take place on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET. With the Bucks laying 4.5 points and the total sitting at 225.5 points, what’s the play for bettors in this matchup?
521 Miami Heat (+4.5) at 522 Milwaukee Bucks (-4.5); o/u 225.5
7:30 p.m. ET, Monday, May 24, 2021
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Miami Heat DFS Notes
Jimmy Butler had a brutal open to the 2021 NBA Playoff on Saturday, scoring 17 points (4-of-22 FGs, 7-of-10 FTs) with 10 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 46 minutes during Miami's Game 1 loss to the Bucks. The Heat would not have been in overtime without Butler, as his layup as time expired pushed the game into an extra period. That being said, "Jimmy Buckets" had arguably the worst game of his postseason career. In addition to the poor shooting he was charged with six turnovers, and Bucks guard Jrue Holiday deserves some credit for this. Butler has proven on multiple occasions throughout his career that he has the mental strength needed to bounce back from poor efforts, and Miami will need him at his best if they're to even the series Monday night. Bam Adebayo also struggled, finishing with a line of nine points (4-of-15 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals in 41 minutes.
Milwaukee Bucks DFS Notes
Giannis Antetokounmpo (left elbow) finished Saturday's win over the Heat with a line of 26 points (10-of-27 FGs, 6-of-12 FTs), 18 rebounds, five assists and three steals in 45 minutes. Antetokounmpo endured some serious struggles in Saturday's series opener shooting the basketball, as he failed to make a single shot outside of the restricted area while also committing six turnovers. And things got worse for him during the fourth quarter. The reigning two-time MVP appeared to injure his left elbow while fighting through a screen, but the Bucks left him in the game despite his asking to check out. Following a timeout Antetokounmpo was back on the court, but with his left arm in a shooting sleeve. The fact that he remained in the game should be viewed as a positive, but this is definitely a storyline to keep tabs on as this series wears on. Game 2 is scheduled for Monday night.
Heat vs. Bucks Playoffs Prediction
The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams in Milwaukee and has cashed in four of the last five meetings overall. On the other side, the under is 4-1 in the Heat’s last five playoff games as an underdog and is 4-1 in their last five games versus an opponent with a winning straight up record. On the other side, the under is 6-2 in the Bucks’ last eight home games and is 6-2 in their last eight games as a home favorite.
NBA PLAYOFFS PREDICTION: HEAT/BUCKS UNDER 225.5