Date/Time: 03-15-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat +4
In this all-Eastern showdown between two teams that would face each other in the playoffs if the postseason started today, the Milwaukee Bucks, are visiting the Miami Heat, with both teams coming off single victories in their latest matchups and want to continue on the winning ways.
Bucks are 51-17 so far in the league and are sitting on top of the whole league. They are 3-1 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against New Orleans on the road, 130-113. Heat are 32-35 so far in the league and are sitting on the eighth place of the Eastern Conference. They are 5-1 in their last 6 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Detroit at home, 108-74.
Top Basketball BookmakersMilwaukee are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27 ppg. He also leads the team both in rebounding with 12.6 and in assists made with 5.9 per game, while Kris Middleton follows with 17.5 ppg, adding 6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Malcolm Brogdon adds 15.9 ppg, 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Miami are led in scoring by Josh Richardson with 17.2 ppg. He also adds 3.6 rebounds and 4 assists per game, while Goran Dragic follows with 14.7 ppg, adding 4.1 assists per game. Dwayne Wade adds 14.1 ppg, 3.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game off the bench.
Both teams are tied 1-1 wins so far this season with both of them winning at home. Milwaukee won 124-86 and Miami 94-87. Miami are 16-19 at home, while Milwaukee are 24-12 on the road. Milwaukee have a better offense with 117.6 ppg to Miami’s 106.1 ppg, while Miami have a better defense, allowing 106.1 ppg to Milwaukee’s 108.4. Milwaukee have a better accuracy from the field (47.7% to 45.3%), while Miami have a better accuracy from behind the arc (35.5% to 35.1%). Milwaukee commit fewer turnovers (13.4 to 14.5) and are better both in rebounding (49.3 to 46.2) and in assists per game (26 to 24.1). Miami don’t pose a threat against the best team currently in the league, so pick Milwaukee for the road win in this one.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -4 (-110)