Following a big win against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, the Milwaukee Bucks are -7 favorites with Heat vs Bucks NBA odds.
Milwaukee needed to send a message after opening at +1 against the Nuggets, and they achieved that.
Now, they face the pesky Heat, who are never easy to beat in featured NBA games.
Backs Against the Wall
Despite owning a winning 28-25 record, the Heat could struggle over the coming weeks.
They are without Jimmy Butler for at least the next 10 days, and that’s why they’re +7 underdogs with Heat vs Bucks NBA odds. They also lost Josh Richardson, so the signs aren’t good.
The injury report today NBA reads badly for the Heat, especially compared to the Bucks, who are only without Khris Middleton for another few days.
The injuries didn’t help when facing Boston on Sunday, losing 110-106 at home. However, in true Miami fashion, it kept the game close.
The Heat have a better against the spread record than the Bucks at 24-28-1, and 12-12-1 on the road. It’s a solid enough record, and it’s not often bettors get them at seven points.
The NBA playoffs are within reach for the Heat, but they must remain healthy to get there.
Bucks Aim for Sweep
The Bucks are 2-0 against the Heat following a 131-124 road win in November.
A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then, but it should give them plenty of confidence as they look to raise the NBA East standings.
The Bucks were facing criticism, which is why they made some trades. However, after thrashing the Nuggets on Monday, that criticism should hold off for now.
At 34-19, there is no reason to panic. They got rid of their coach, which was a knee-jerk reaction, and now they need to build towards the NBA Finals.
Teams don’t win the championship in February, and the Bucks lost sight of that for a while. However, with cooler heads prevailing, we expect them to beat teams like the Heat on a regular basis.
Facing an understrength Heat is just what the doctor ordered. They have the size and power advantage, and playing at home, where they are 23-6, only helps their chances.
We’re not shocked by the -7 line, having already beaten Miami by eight and seven points.
Bucks in Low-Scoring Contest
We’re taking the Bucks to win in a low-scoring contest.
They should dominate the Heat, who are without two of their best players, which will also have a significant impact on their scoring ability.
The Heat aren’t a high-scoring team, so take away Butler and you lose 21.4 points per game.
Heat vs Bucks NBA odds have the total at 228, so it’s not expected to be an offensive onslaught.
Milwaukee defeated the Nuggets 112-95, so if it plays a similar defense, Miami will find it tough to cover the spread and score enough points to cash the over.
Heat vs Bucks NBA Odds
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