Miami Heat (43-25) at Milwaukee Bucks (54-14)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -8.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks meet Thursday in NBA action at The Arena.
The Miami Heat look for a statement victory after splitting their last six games. The Miami Heat are averaging 112.2 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 108.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.2 points and 6.6 rebounds while Bam Adebayo is averaging 16.3 points and 5.1 assists. Goran Dragic is the third double-digit scorer and Kendrick Nunn is dishing 3.3 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.
The Milwaukee Bucks need a feel good victory after losing five of their last six games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 118.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.6 points and 13.7 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20.9 points and 6.2 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51.9 rebounds per game.
The Heat are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The under is 20-8-2 in the last 30 meetings.
Jimmy Butler has already been ruled out of this game due to an ankle injury, while Goran Dragic is questionable with an ankle injury of his own. I'm assuming Dragic won't go given how he looks coming out of the game against the Boston Celtics. Still, I'm siding with the Heat and the points. The Heat already beat the Bucks in Milwaukee earlier this season without Butler, and they're one of the deepest teams in the league, so they can overcome a couple guys down. The Milwaukee Bucks also have nothing to play for with the top seed wrapped up and already started to rest Antetokounmpo their last time out. This is a big number to just throw out there given the Bucks lack of motivation.
Give me the Heat and the free buckets.