Bucks @ Heat: Miami to give Bucks a tough test
Bucks @ Heat NBA odds spreads and predictions
The Milwaukee Bucks will travel to Miami to take on the Heat tonight.
The first-place Bucks are coming off a big win on Tuesday, when MVP contender Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a 130-113 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Khris Middleton added 23 points, five rebounds and seven assists, Malcolm Brogdon contributed 18 points, Eric Bledsoe had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Brook Lopez chipped in 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks for the Bucks.
Milwaukee stands at 51-17 and it holds a three-game advantage over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference standings.
When is it? Friday March 15th
What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? American Airlines Arena
Which channel is it on? NBATV
The Miami Heat are also coming off a victory.
Justise Winslow led a balanced Heat attack with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 108-74 dominating win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Dion Waiters contributed 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block, Josh Richardson added 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block, and Hassan Whiteside had 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for Miami.
Bucks @ Heat Spread
The Milwaukee Bucks are giving the Heat 4.5 points in this basketball game.
I like the Miami Heat and the points in this one. I'm not 100 percent sold that the Heat will win, however I do think they have a shot and I do believe they will give Milwaukee a run for its money.
Take the Heat and the 4.5 points in this contest.
Bucks @ Heat Over/Under
The over/under in this one is set at 220 total points.
My final score prediction: Milwaukee Bucks 104, Miami Heat 102.
Roll with the under in this basketball matchup.
Where the game will be won or lost
Tonight's game between the host Miami Heat (32-25) and the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks will mark the third of four meetings between the teams, and they wrap up the season series next Friday in Milwaukee.
On four separate occasions this season, an NBA team has held an opponent to eight points or fewer in a quarter. The Heat have been in on three of those defensive performances.
Barring a collapse, the Bucks will come away with the first or second seed in the playoffs, and they may match up against Miami.
In their previous meeting in Miami back on Dec. 22, the Bucks struggled from beyond-the-arc in a 94-87 loss, as they connected on just 9-of-43 three-pointers.
Antetokounmpo shot 3-of-12 and scored a season-low nine points in that game.
In their second meeting, the Bucks came away with a dominating 124-86 home win over the Heat on Jan. 15.
In that matchup, Antetokounmpo finished with a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.