Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks - 3/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (37-26) at Milwaukee Bucks (26-38)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +2.5 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat invade the Bradley Center to battle the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.
The Heat have won eight of their last 10 games and will be aiming for a sixth straight win tonight after sneaking past the 76ers by 103-98 on Sunday. Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic led the scoring with 23 points each while Joe Johnson and Hassan Whiteside added 14 points apiece as the Heat found themselves in a real battle against a scrappy 76ers side. In fact, the Heat actually found themselves tied with the 76ers at 87-87 with just 3:52 left in the game, but they would solidify their defense late to escape with a narrow win over the worst team in the league. With the win, Miami improves to 37-26 on the season, good enough for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
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Meanwhile, the Bucks have lost five of their last seven games and will be looking to avoid a third straight loss following Monday's 100-90 loss at Chicago. Jerryd Bayless led the team with 20 points off the bench while Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton added 18 points each, but the Bucks just couldn't find any easy baskets when they really needed to score and it cost them against a desperate Bulls outfit. With the loss, Milwaukee fall to 26-38 on the season, good enough for only 12th place in the Eastern Conference.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall, while the Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss.
Head to head, the Heat are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Milwaukee.
These two teams last met on Jan 29 and it was Bucks who won by 107-103 behind 28 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo, but I'm fully expecting the Heat to avenge that loss tonight as they've been on fire lately and have too much to play for.