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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat
Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Television: NBA League Pass
NBA Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Heat -5
Total Line: 208
The Bucks still find themselves below .500 on the year both straight-up at 37-39 and against the spread at 34-42, but they finally locked-up the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this past Saturday night. A 100-83 romp over Toronto as six-point home favorites sealed the deal but it was just their third victory SU and ATS in their last 10 games. The total stayed UNDER the 202.5-point line against the Raptors and it has now stayed UNDER in four of their last seven games.
Behind Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings’ combined 37 points a game, Milwaukee is averaging 99 points and shooting 43.7 percent from the field. The team continues to do an excellent job under the boards with 43.8 rebounds which is the fifth-highest average in the league. The problem this season has been on defense with a squad that is allowing 100.3 points a night to its opponents.
Miami may have not set the NBA record for consecutive wins in a single season, but after reeling-off 27 straight victories, a 4-2 SU mark its last six games has this team boasting a NBA-best overall record of 60-16 SU (41-35 ATS). The Heat have basically been unbeatable at home with a SU record of 33-4 and they are 19-18 ATS. The total has gone OVER in five of their last seven games.
The Heat have been able to use the last five games to rest some of its top players who were nicked-up during that amazing run, but everyone with exception of Dwyane Wade is expected be in the lineup for Tuesday night. Wade is nursing a sore right knee and ankle and has not ruled out the possibility of shutting things down until the start of the playoffs. In his absence, Miami still has plenty of firepower to take down the Bucks led by LeBron James’ 26.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.1 assists a game. The Heat are averaging 102.9 points a game while shooting 49.6 percent from the field.
NBA Free Pick
This game sets up as a preview of a first-round matchup in the playoffs so both sides will be looking to send an early message. Stick with the Heat to send theirs loud and clear with a one-sided victory that easily covers the five-point spread.
Miami 103 Milwaukee 92
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