Miami Heat (48-29) at Milwaukee Bucks (60-18)
Monday, August 31, 2020 at 6:30 pm
*3 Star Play on Miami* The Miami Heat are a dangerous team. Jimmy Butler gives them a star, but the rest of the team is far better than most people realize. Goran Dragic is a very solid point guard who can give Milwaukee real trouble in this series, especially with Eric Bledsoe banged up. Duncan Robinson is a complete player who shoots 44.6% from long range. The Heat bench is deep as well.
Miami won outright in two of the three meetings between these two teams this year. The other game (in the bubble) Miami led by 20 points before losing after an ugly fourth quarter. The Heat have proven they play the Bucks tough. Milwaukee didn't have a very easy time with the Magic in the first round, and this is a huge step up in class to the Heat in round two.
I think Erik Spoelstra is a really good coach. He has been excellent at getting his team ready for big games. He has been especially good when given a lot of team to prepare. The Heat are 38-18 ATS in their last 56 games with at least 3 days between games.
I expect a hard fought series here. Grab the points with the underdog.