Heat vs. Bucks in NBA odds action
Two potential first-round playoff opponents will meet in Miami on Tuesday night as LeBron James and the Heat take on the Milwaukee Bucks in NBA betting action at the sportsbooks.
The Heat have only managed to cover the posted spread on the NBA odds in two of their last eight games against the Bucks, and both Dwyane Wade (ankle) and Chris Bosh (knee) are day-to-day for the Heat heading into their matchup at home on Tuesday.
Miami battles the Bucks, currently with a 37-39 mark (33-42-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 39-37 for the Heat and 38-38 for the Bucks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Heat, currently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bucks, who rate No. 13 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 107-98 victory for the Heat.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 102.9 PPG, against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 20 at 100.2 PPG. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 49.6% so far, more than the Bucks shooters have achieved on the year, 43.7% per game.
Defensively, the Bucks feature the league's No. 14-rated defense on the road, giving up 99.5 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Milwaukee was a 100-83 winner at home against the Raptors. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (183) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Milwaukee got 22 points from Monta Ellis en route to a 100-83 victory over Toronto on Saturday at Bradley Center.
In their last action, Miami was a 106-87 winner at home against the 76ers. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (193) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Miami got 27 points from LeBron James en route to a 106-87 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Orlando are 3-7
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After a win are 8-2
A few Bucks at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 9 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Milwaukee's last 15 games when playing Miami
Milwaukee is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
Miami is 18-1 SU in its last 19 games at home
Miami is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Miami's last 9 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Miami's last 15 games at home
Milwaukee at Orlando, Wednesday, April 10
Miami at Washington, Wednesday, April 10