Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks - 8/6/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Miami Heat (43-25) at Milwaukee Bucks (54-14)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -8.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks collide at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Thursday.
The Miami Heat have won two of their three games since the season restart and they will be looking to build some momentum after outlasting the Celtics in a 112-106 win on Tuesday. Bam Adebayo led the team with 21 points and 12 rebounds, Duncan Robinson drained five 3-pointers to finish with 21 points while Goran Dragic chipped in with 20 points off the bench. As a team, the Heat shot 44 percent from the field and 15 of 43 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates to lead by as many as 16 points, but they really had to work for this win right till the end as the Celtics rallied in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have little to play for at this stage of the season with the top seed in the Eastern Conference all locked up and it showed in their last outing as they fell to the severely shorthanded Nets in a 119-116 upset on Tuesday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 16 points on seven of eight shooting, Kyle Korver added 13 points while Donte DiVincenzo chipped in with 11 points and six assists off the bench. As a team, the Bucks shot 47 percent from the field and 17 of 51 from the 3-point line, but this was clearly a game they were not interested in as no starter played more than 20 points. Antetokounmpo played just 16 minutes and all 13 players saw some court time.
Head to head, the under is 20-8-2 in the last 30 meetings and the Heat are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
Jimmy Butler was ruled out of Tuesday's game with a sore right ankle and his status for Thursday remains uncertain while Goran Dragic is questionable with an ankle sprain. The Bucks will be eager to make amends for their poor showing against the Nets and I think they get the win here, but the Heat are playing great basketball at the moment and should be good enough to keep it close.