The Miami Heat (44-38) will aim to overcome the odds as 6.5-point underdogs in Game 2 of the opening round of the NBA Playoffs, and will face off against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on Wednesday, starting at 9:00 PM ET on NBA. The Heat have a 1-0 series lead. The over/under for the matchup is set at 217 points.
How to bet Bucks vs. Heat
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Bucks as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Bucks have -254 odds to pick up the win, while the Heat are listed at +209 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 217 points.
Bucks vs. Heat Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Wednesday, April 19, 2023
- Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBA
- Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Arena: Fiserv Forum
Bucks vs. Heat Betting Trends
The Bucks have 42 wins against the spread in 82 games this year. Milwaukee has come away with 54 wins in the 66 contests it has been listed as the favorite this season. Bucks games this year have hit the over on 41 of 82 set point totals.
Against the spread, the Heat are 30-48-4 this season. Miami has won 33.3% of the games this season it was the moneyline underdog (8-16). The Heat have gone over the point total 48.8% of the time this year (40 of 82 games with a set point total).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Bucks vs. Heat Injury Report
Heat: Tyler Herro: Out (Hand), Nikola Jovic: Out (Back)
What you need to know about the Milwaukee Bucks
With 116.9 points per game on offense, Milwaukee ranks eighth in the NBA. Defensively, it gives up 113.3 points per contest, which ranks 14th in the league. In home games, the Bucks are averaging 3.8 more points per game (118.8) than they are in away games (115). On offense, the Bucks have picked up their output slightly over their last 10 games, scoring 117.8 points per contest over that span as opposed to the 116.9 they’ve racked up over the course of this year.
Milwaukee has a 36.8% three-point percentage this year (10th-ranked in NBA), but it has really thrived by draining 14.8 treys per game (fourth-best). This season, the Bucks have taken 55.4% two-pointers, accounting for 65.3% of the team’s buckets. They have shot 44.6% three-pointers (34.7% of the team’s baskets).
What you need to know about the Miami Heat
In 2022-23, Miami is worst in the league offensively (109.5 points scored per game) but second-best defensively (109.8 points conceded). The Heat score 111.4 points per game at home, and 107.5 away. The Heat are averaging 114.8 points per contest over their previous 10 games, which is 5.3 more than their average for the season (109.5).
Beyond the arc, Miami is 16th in the league in 3-pointers made per game (12). It is fourth-worst in 3-point percentage at 34.4%. The Heat attempt 40.8% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 59.2% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 30.5% of the Heat’s baskets are 3-pointers, and 69.5% are 2-pointers.
Our prediction to win this contest is the Bucks, and we expect that Bucks will cover the spread (Bucks -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 217 points.
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