Heat seek 2-0 series lead on Bucks
After rolling over the Milwaukee Bucks in the opener of their first-round series on the weekend the Miami Heat will try to increase that lead on Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena.
LeBron James fell just short of a triple double in Game 1 on Sunday, picking up 27 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists in Miami's 110-87 SU and ATS victory. Brandon Jennings led the way with 26 points for the Bucks in their Game 1 losing cause.
The Heat sport records of 66-16 and 46-36 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Bucks sit at 38-44 and 36-45-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 43-39 for the Heat and 41-41 for the Bucks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Bucks were listed as 13.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 197 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Heat, currently No. 6 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bucks, who rate No. 14 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:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Miami's No. 30-rated squad against Milwaukee's No. 5-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Miami rates No. 3 in the league with 8.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 13 with 7.3 per outing.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bucks own the league's No. 14-rated mark, allowing 99.6 points per game when playing on the road. Miami, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring on their home court.
Milwaukee was a 110-87 loser in its last match on the road against the Heat. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 197 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Milwaukee was crushed on Sunday, getting run out of the gym by Miami and falling 110-87 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Miami are 5-5
After playing Miami are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Milwaukee are 9-1
After playing Milwaukee are 10-0
After a win are 9-1
A few Bucks at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Milwaukee's last 11 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 10 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Miami's last 11 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
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Miami at Milwaukee, Thursday, April 25