Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat Betting Preview

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A battle of two of the Eastern Conference's best is on the schedule for Tuesday night when the Milwaukee Bucks visit the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat. 

The Bucks are coming into their game with the Heat off a blowout loss. The team that did the damage was the New York Knicks, which comes as a huge surprise to anybody that either watched the game or read the box score. 

Apparently, Alec Burks is just a good a ballplayer as Giannis Antetokounmpo and should take home the MVP? The Bucks need a bounce-back effort.

Miami, on the other hand, dismantled the New Orleans Pelicans on Christmas, picking up their first win since Game 5 of the NBA Finals in October. The Heat have a solid lineup, with additions like Avery Bradley, Moe Harkless and rookie Precious Achiuwa out there making an impact. 

Bradley proved that he can be a lockdown defender as well as a knockdown shooter. Add these guys to the current core, and you've got a pretty good team.

A Look at the Spread (MIL -5.5)

The spread for this contest favors the Bucks by 5.5 points, giving the visiting Milwaukee squad the benefit of the doubt. The expectation will be that they will be fired up after last year's failure, and Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton will be ready to post career-high lines. That and Jrue Holiday is as lethal as they come, as far as two-way guards are concerned.

The bet to take in this game would be that of Milwaukee -5.5. The Heat are going to put up a great fight, but they will not be able to get within striking distance at the end of the contest. This is going to be a win for Milwaukee by six-plus points.

Why Bet on the Bucks

When you look at Milwaukee's roster on paper, it's a great unit. The starting five doesn't have any holes, and given that Donte DiVincenzo is the "weakest link," they're in pretty good hands. 

DiVincenzo can go out and knock down shots at a high clip. The same goes for starting center Brook Lopez, who doesn't play like most bigs do.

Antetokounmpo is going to be in a rhythm Tuesday night after getting off to a bit of a slow start this year. And let's not forget that Middleton dominated the last time he took the court against Miami. 

It's hard to focus on shutting down one star player, let alone two. Middleton is going to be the major difference-maker.

Where Miami Will Fall Short

The Heat will undoubtedly make the playoffs this year and try and gun for the Finals for a second straight year. We're only in game three of the regular season for them, though, so let's keep it there. 

They've got Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. They have great shooters like Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro.

But what the Heat don't have is the ability to stop the Bucks stars again. They did just enough to get past the Bucks in the playoffs, but the regular season is very different. 

Antetokounmpo is going to eat them alive. Middleton will be stroking the three. And Holiday will be clamping down on Butler on the defensive end.

The game will be exciting to watch, but a win is still going to be handed to Milwaukee. By at least six.

Pick: Bucks -5.5

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