Bucks will try to weather the Heat
The Miami Heat have won six straight games SU against the Milwaukee Bucks as LeBron James and company return to action at the American Airlines Arena on Tuesday night.
Overall the Heat are 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS over their 10 most recent meetings with the Bucks, with the UNDER paying out for totals bettors on the NBA lines at the sportsbooks in six of their last seven matchups.
The Heat sit at 4-3 (2-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Bucks are currently 2-3 (3-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Miami is 5-2 OU, and Milwaukee is 2-3 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
For bettors going with the Heat in this one, they were listed earlier as -12.5-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 198 for Tuesday at shops such as 5Dimes.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Heat rated this week at No. 5 and the Bucks sitting at No. 14. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 96-90 result in favor of the Heat today.
Milwaukee lost its last outing, a 91-83 result against the Mavericks on November 9. The Bucks failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 174 combined points took the game UNDER the total. O.J. Mayo went off for 28 points and added 6 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Dallas defeated Milwaukee, 91-83 at Bradley Center.
Last time out for Miami, they were a 111-110 loser as they battled the Celtics at home. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 13-point favorite, while 221 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. LeBron James poured in 25 points and chipped in with 10 assists in a losing cause for Miami on Saturday, as the Celtics rolled to a 111-110 victory over Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 105.14 PPG, against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 6 at 96 PPG. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 51.64% so far, more than the Bucks shooters have achieved on the year, 43.8% per game.
Milwaukee at Orlando, Wednesday, November 13th
Miami at Dallas, Friday, November 15th