Heat vs Bucks Game 2

Heat vs Bucks Game 2 | Betting Odds for NBA

Written by on May 24, 2021

The Milwaukee Bucks were knocked out of the 2020 NBA playoffs by the Miami Heat but won Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series on Saturday. Can the Bucks take a 2-0 lead? They are favored on the NBA odds to do so Monday at home.

How to Bet Heat at Bucks NBA Odds & TV Info

  • When: Monday, 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: Fiserv Forum
  • TV: TNT
  • Stream: TNT app
  • Radio:com
  • NBA Odds: Bucks -4.5 (total 221.5)

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Heat star Jimmy Butler struggled in Miami’s 109-107 OT loss in Game 1. Butler was just 4-for-22 from the field for 17 points but did add 10 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in 46 minutes. The Heat would not have been in overtime without Butler, as his layup as time expired pushed the game into an extra period.

Bam Adebayo had just nine points to go with 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals across 41 minutes. He often found himself smothered by Brook Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Duncan Robison had a nice game in scoring 24 points on seven made three-pointers along with two rebounds and two assists. With Butler and Adebayo combining to shoot 8-of-37 from the field, and Kendrick Nunn going 4-of-10, the Heat needed others to step forward offensively to have a shot at stealing Game 1. Robinson was 7-for-13 from deep. Those seven makes tied a franchise record.

He and Goran Dragic (25/2/1/1 with five 3-pointers) to score 49 of the Heat’s 107 points.  Dragic came up big at every pivotal moment of this game, including a game-tying three-pointer in the game’s closing seconds.

The Heat made 20 three-point field goals in Game 1, the most for a single postseason game in franchise history, surpassing the previous record of 18 which was set twice.  Miami entered the 2021 Playoffs with an all-time 138-107 (.563) postseason record, the third-highest in NBA history, behind only the Los Angeles Lakers (.601) and Boston Celtics (.569).

The Heat have scored at least 100 points in 19 consecutive games (including the last 18 of the regular season), the longest such streak in franchise history. Miami has won at least one postseason road game in 23 consecutive series, tying the longest such streak in NBA history.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo finished Saturday’s win over the Heat with 26 points, 18 rebounds, five assists and three steals in 45 minutes. Those numbers look good but the Greek Freak did struggle at times, he failed to make a single shot outside of the restricted area while also committing six turnovers. 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.  Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez were very effective defensively in limiting Bam Adebayo, however.

It was the fifth 25/15/5 game of Giannis’ postseason career, which have all come over the last three years. Since the 2019 playoffs, only one other player has tallied multiple 25/15/5 games (N. Jokic, 2) and it’s only been done a total of 13 times (including Antetokounmpo’s 5).

Khris Middleton played 45 minutes in Saturday’s win over the Heat with 27 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Middleton didn’t shoot great but hit the biggest shot of the series opener. His jumper over the outstretched hand of Duncan Robinson with five-tenths of a second remaining was the difference in the Bucks’ two-point victory. In addition to his 27-point effort Saturday, Middleton scored 23 points or more in four of the five games that the two teams played in last season’s playoffs.

Jrue Holiday had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three assists across 42 minutes. It was just the second double-double of his postseason career. Holiday, who was fifth in the NBA in steals per game during the regular season, also had three steals.

After losing 4-1 to the Heat in the playoffs last season, Holiday’s addition is a massive upgrade from last year’s roster.  Holiday was very good defensively and finished at a team-best +10. His biggest defensive play was rejecting a Jimmy Butler jumper as time expired in overtime to preserve the win. Fellow guard Donte DiVincenzo shot just 1-of-5 from the field, finishing with three points, 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

Game Trends

  • Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
  • Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff games as an underdog.
  • Bucks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
  • Bucks are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
  • Bucks are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.

Expert Prediction

  • Bucks 115, Heat 111

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