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Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction & Preview



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The Milwaukee Bucks make their way down south to FTX Arena in Florida to tip-off against the Miami Heat on Thursday evening. The Bucks won their first game on opening night against the Brooklyn Nets 127-104 in impressive fashion, covering the number as one-point home favorites. The Miami Heat will be playing their first game of the 2021 season in front of their home crowd. The Bucks open this game up as 1.5 point road favorites.


Bucks Dispose of Nets on Opening Night

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks did not let their ring ceremony get in the way as they easily handled the Nets at home 127-104 on opening night. In his first game since scoring 50 points in a title-clinching Game 6 NBA Finals victory over the Phoenix Suns, Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists. Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton each added 20 points to help the Bucks withstand the loss of Jrue Holiday, who sat out the second half with a bruised right heel after scoring 12 points. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said MRI results on Holiday were encouraging. His status for this game remains questionable, but it may be wise for Milwaukee to hold him out as a precaution.




Milwaukee outrebounded Brooklyn 54-44 and took 21 more shots than the Nets. They looked like the far superior team from start to finish, and it was a welcome sight playing in front of their fans after hoisting the trophy last season. Milwaukee was missing guard Donte DiVincenzo (ankle) and forward Bobby Portis (hamstring) in this game, in addition to losing Jrue Holiday. All players remain questionable heading into Thursday.


Heat Begin 2021 Facing the Champs

The Miami Heat will open their 2021 season at FTX Arena in front of their home fans on Thursday. Unfortunately, they’ll be facing the champion Bucks in a tough test on opening night. Miami finished sixth in the Eastern Conference last season with a 40-32 record. They finished the year winning eight of their last 10 games but were trounced in the playoffs by this same Milwaukee team. The Heat averaged 108.1 points per game while shooting 46.9% from the field and 35.8% from behind the arc last season.


Miami made a splash in free agency, acquiring point guard Kyle Lowry. He has been a six-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2016. He doesn’t have the same legs as he had when he won a title with the Raptors, but he provides an intangible veteran presence for the Heat and their young backcourt. If Lowry plays at a high level this year, Miami could be a problem for the big dogs in the Eastern Conference this season.

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