Miami Heat eyes 2-0 start

Miami Heat eyes 2-0 start

Miami Heat surprisingly won against the Milwaukee Bucks during their Game 1 of their playoff series. As they face for the Game 2 of their series, the Heat is hoping to have a 2-0 start in their series. However, considering how the Bucks played during the regular season, they will surely not go easy against the Heat. Their Game 1 ended in a 130-117 win for the Heat, giving them the confidence for this match. Bucks are suffering from injuries of their key players, which is the main reason they lost to Game 1. Overall, injuries will play a big role in this series, as both squads have important absentees. It will be the Bucks hosting this match on April 20, 2023, at 9:00 AM (GMT+8).

Miami Heat

NBA: Miami Heat
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The Heat are actually considered as underdogs in this series, considering the run of the Bucks during the regular season. However, during the Game 1, they proved that they are a team contender for the title. Since they won the Game 1, they are hoping for the same result in this match for better chances in the next round. In fact, that win against the Bucks is the first win of the Heat against them in the regular season this season. If the Heat can extend their lead to two games, they really have the chance of qualifying for the next round. At some point, they need to find ways to take advantage of their opponents’ injuries. They shot over 59.5% in the field, including 15 successful tree-pointers. They are the first in offense with 130 points per game, but the 13th in defense, allowing 117 points per game.

Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo leads the Heat with 35 and 22 points respectively. However, it is unfortunate that they will be without Tyler Herro, and Nikola Jovic who are ruled out due to injuries. Kyle Lowry on the other hand is a doubt coming into this game, due to an issue in the knee.

Milwaukee Bucks

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks
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The Bucks are in need of win in this match or it will be more difficult for them to secure a spot in the semi-finals. After a shocking defeat in Game 1, all eyes are now on the Bucks as they seek to tie the series. This is not impossible though, considering the power they hold. Additionally, they have no problems playing at home, so this format might work for their advantage. The Bucks is a team who has a balanced frontcourt and backcourt, which must work well. Moreover, the Bucks is aware on how this match will dictate the series, so they need to work hard here. They shot over 49.5% from the field, including 11 three-point shots. Offensively, they are at the fourth with 117 points per game, but 16th defensively, allowing 130 points per game.

Khris Middleton, and Bobby Portis are the ones who led the Bucks on their last game with 33 and 21 points each. Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable here, due to the back issue he sustained on their last game. Wesley Matthews on the other hand is unavailable here.


Milwaukee Bucks
Total Under: 112.5
Odds: 0.94

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