Bucks vs. Heat Game 3 Prediction
After the Bucks hammered the Heat in Game 2 to jump out to a 2-0 series lead, will Miami show any fight at home in Game 3? The Bucks are only 1.5-point road favorites in the Thursday night matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET.
547 New Orleans Pelicans (+8.5) at 548 Philadelphia 76ers (-8.5); o/u 228.5
7:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 27, 2021
Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
Milwaukee Bucks DFS Notes
Giannis Antetokounmpo played well in a big Game 2 win over the Heat on Monday, dropping a 31/13/6 line to go with three steals, one block and one triple in 31 minutes. If the game was ever close, Giannis could have put up some gaudy numbers, but the 31 minutes tonight were all they needed him for in the 34-point victory. Looking at these stats in Giannis’ section of the box score is more apt to make us yawn than drop our jaws, because the Greek Freak’s all-contributions are the norm on every given night, something that his fantasy owners from the last couple of years have been loving.
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.
Bucks vs. Heat Playoffs Prediction
The under is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and is 20-7-1 in the last 28 meetings in Miami. The under is also 17-8-2 in the Bucks’ last 27 games versus a team with a winning record and is 4-0 in their last four road games versus an opponent that has a winning home record. On the other side, the under is 11-5 in the Heat’s last 16 games versus a team with a winning record and is 12-4 in their last 16 conference quarterfinals games.
NBA PLAYOFFS PREDICTION: BUCKS/HEAT UNDER 226.5