Heat vs. Bucks Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Aug 06, 2020

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The Heat are coming off of a 112-106 win Tuesday over the Celtics, but they will need to lean on their bench this afternoon.

Miami
44-29
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Milwaukee
56-17
Pointspread +9 -110
Moneyline +338
Over / Under o +223.5

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Betting Action

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Pointspread -9 -110
Moneyline -416
Over / Under u +223.5

85%

Betting Action

15%

You might want to throw the stats about the Miami Heat’s recent success against the Milwaukee Bucks out the window for this afternoon’s matchup. Yes, the Heat have won and covered in seven of their last 10 against the Bucks, but they could be seriously shorthanded for this one.

Two of the NBA’s top teams square off at 4 p.m. ET as the Heat and Bucks each play their fourth regular-season game since the NBA restart.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

No line has been posted on the NBA odds board for this one as of this writing and that shouldn’t come as a surprise with the way the injury bug has bitten Miami. The Heat will be without All-Star and team-leading scorer Jimmy Butler, among others, against the No. 1 team in the NBA.

Miami is 2-0 this season against Milwaukee, winning 131-126 in overtime on the road back on Oct. 26 in Milwaukee and then 105-89 in Miami on March 2. Eight of the last 10 matchups between these two clubs have played under the total. The Heat have won 10 of their last 11 versus Central Division teams, while the Bucks have covered in just one of their last six games.

Miami Heat

Butler’s missing his second straight game due to soreness in his right foot. Point guard Goran Dragic is also questionable against the Bucks after landing awkwardly on his left ankle Tuesday, while Rookie forward KZ Okpala is also out for personal reasons.

The Heat are entering Thursday’s contest coming off of a 112-106 win Tuesday over the Boston Celtics. The win came without Butler in the Miami lineup. Heat youngsters Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson finished with 21 points apiece in Miami’s victory Tuesday. Adebayo had game-highs in free throws made with 11 and rebounds with 12.

With the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers one and two games back of Miami for fourth in the Eastern Conference, the Heat will be looking to continue their winning ways after starting 2-1 in the NBA bubble.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are losers of two straight after falling to the Brooklyn Nets 119-116 Tuesday. In fact, the Bucks have lost six of their last eight games dating back to March 2 before the NBA’s postponement.

Milwaukee MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 16 points Tuesday in just 16 minutes as Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer decided to give his team’s starters a reduced role. Antetokounmpo was averaging 36 points and 16.5 rebounds through Milwaukee’s first two games of the NBA restart.

Although the Bucks have started out slow, they are 9-4 after coming off a loss this season. With Miami possibly missing two key starters in Butler and Dragic, the Bucks have a prime chance to gain some confidence after an early slump.

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