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Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/22/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Milwaukee Bucks (22-9) at Miami Heat (14-16)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Miami Heat +2.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5
TV Channel
FSS, FSWI
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The Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat meet Saturday in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.

The Milwaukee Bucks look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 117.8 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 26.7 points and 12.9 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 17.4 points and 3.9 assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is dishing 3.9 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.8 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won five of their last eight road games.

The Miami Heat look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 106.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Josh Richardson is averaging 18.7 points and 3.6 assists while Dwyane Wade is averaging 14.5 points and 3.7 assists. Hassan Whiteside is the third double-digit scorer and Rodney McGruder is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost six of their last nine home games.

The Bucks are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Heat are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Central, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bucks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Miami and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Heat last 6 overall. The under is 7-1 in Bucks last 8 overall.

The Milwaukee Bucks are the better team here, but they're also a team on the end of a back to back and haven't been nearly as good on the road as they've been at home. The Miami Heat are slowly starting to get healthy and are currently playing their best ball of the season, which includes wins in seven of their last 10 games and more of a defensive effort we expect from this bunch. Also, the Heat have won each of the last five meetings against the Bucks. The last time the Bucks beat the Heat was in January of 2017. I'll take my free bucket with the rested Heat.

Pick:
Miami Heat +2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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