The NBA is set up with a solid day of action on Wednesday night. Two games will be up on the board throughout September 2. One of these games will be Game 2 between the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks. These two teams have looked dominant in the postseason so far, which should lead to a great series. This game will tip off at around 6:30 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
Miami earned a record of 44-29 throughout the regular season, which put them in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. The Heat met up with the Indiana Pacers in the first round and knocked them out in a four game sweep. Miami will look take a 2-0 series lead in this one after upsetting Milwaukee in Game 1 of this series.
The Bucks finished out the regular season in the top spot of the Eastern Conference after finishing with a record of 56-17. Milwaukee met up with the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs. The Bucks knocked off the Magic in five games to secure their spot in the second round. Now Milwaukee will look to erase an early 1-0 series deficit in this one.
These two teams put up dominant series victories in the first round of the playoffs, but it was the Heat who were most impressive in Game 1 of the second round. The Bucks had a surprising loss to Orlando in the first round as well though, before rattling off four straight dominant wins. Milwaukee needs to step it up in Game 2 though if they want to avoid falling down 0-2 to the Heat.
The Heat and the Bucks met up three times throughout the regular season. The first game was in Milwaukee on October 26. Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 29 points and 17 rebounds, while Khris Middleton put up 25 points. Goran Dragic finished with 25 points off the bench. Bam Adebayo put up 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Heat won 131-126 in overtime.
The second game of the season series shifted to Miami on March 2. Brook Lopez finished with 21 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 13 points and 15 rebounds. Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler finished with 18 points each. Bam Adebayo put up another 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Heat took the second game of the season series 105-89.
The third game of this season series was in the bubble on August 6. Duncan Robinson finished with 21 points for the Heat. Tyler Herro dropped another 20 points off the bench, but it was not enough. Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo each put up 33 points as the Bucks went on to win 130-116 to finish out the season series.
Game 1 of this playoff series was on August 31. Khris Middleton dropped 28 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to 18 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Jimmy Butler put up 40 points for Miami. Goran Dragic had another 27 points, while Bam Adebayo finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds. The Heat were able to pull away with a 115-104 win to take a 1-0 series lead.
Field Goal Shooting
The Heat have been solid from the field in the playoffs so far. Miami has made around 46.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is eighth among the original sixteen playoff teams. The Heat have also made 39 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is sixth in the postseason. Miami will look to keep up this success as this series goes along.
Milwaukee has been really strong when it comes to shooting this postseason. The Bucks have been able to make around 48.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is fourth best in the playoffs. Milwaukee’s three point shooting has been solid as well. The Bucks have made 39.4 percent of their shots from deep this postseason.
These two teams have had strong shooting performances in the playoffs so far. The Bucks have been the better team shooting in the playoffs, which could give them an edge as this series goes along. Miami will look for their defense to slow the Bucks down, which is much easier said than done. Look for Milwaukee to switch things up on the Heat in Game 2.
Jimmy Butler has been the leader for this Miami team in the playoffs. Butler is averaging 24 points and 5 rebounds per game. Goran Dragic has averaged 23.5 points per game. Tyler Herro is averaging 15.5 points per game off the bench, while Bam Adebayo has averaged 14.5 points and 12.5 rebounds. Duncan Robinson helps round out the lineup, averaging 11 points per game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has had a nice playoff run so far, averaging 28.5 points, 15 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. Khris Middleton has averaged 17 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Brook Lopez is averaging 15 points per game, while Eric Bledsoe helps round out the lineup, averaging 11.5 points per game and 6.5 assists.
These two teams have had their top players step up in the playoffs so far. Antetokounmpo has dominated for the Bucks, while Butler has had a strong postseason run as well. Milwaukee could use some help off the bench in terms of points. If the Heat can dominate this matchup off the bench, it could help them move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Miami is coming off an impressive Game 1 win, but I believe that the Bucks have a good chance to bounce back with a win in Game 2. Milwaukee struggled against the Heat in the regular season as well, but with Antetokounmpo and Middleton, I believe this team is too talented to drop to 0-2 in the series. The Bucks will look to tie up this series with a big win in Game 2.
BetOnline has Milwaukee listed as a -4 ½ against the spread in Game 2. This gives a slight edge to the Bucks despite losing the first game of this series. I think that this line is about right with the dominance that Milwaukee can put up. I believe that the Bucks have a good chance to bounce back with a win to tie up this series.