Heat Hope to Regain Footing in South Florida
The Bucks connected on 10 first-quarter 3-pointers in imposing their will immediately in a 132-98 blowout on Monday night. They made 15 in the first half and 22 for the game in a remarkable shooting performance against a team that came in confident that it would secure a split after taking Game 1 to overtime despite an awful shooting game from top player Jimmy Butler.
Butler shot 4-for-10 and is now up to 8-for-32 from the field in the series, so the Heat have to believe they’ll be able to turn things around if he’s able to find his rhythm and the team can get stops, we could see Miami show up and regain its footing. Although the Bucks were able to make big plays in OT in Game 1, the Heat were able to slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo, holding him to 10-for-27 shooting.
Bam Adebayo is shooting 9-for-26 and has been so wrapped up in being the Greek Freak’s primary defender that he’s been unable to sustain offense. Adebayo had a 10-assist and an 11-assist game earlier this month and had six or more helpers in five of Miami’s final eight regular-season contests, so it’s important that the team finds a way to play through him more given Butler’s current slump. Duncan Robinson hit seven 3-pointers in Game 1 and needs to again find the range, while last season’s bubble hero, Tyler Herro, has to improve on a 3-for-15 showing to date.
Oddsmakers installed Miami as a 1-point favorite but the betting public has come in heavy in support of the Bucks, swinging that line to 1.5 to points at BetRivers, FanDuel, DraftKings, and Westgate entering Thursday morning. BetMGM has the Bucks favored by two. Jrue Holiday has a pair of double-doubles in the series as the biggest difference-maker between this Milwaukee team and the one that fell to the Heat 4-1 in the bubble last August. Holiday scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and made a huge play in the extra session of Game 1. In Game 2, he scored 11 points but finished with 15 assists in helping facilitate a lot of those made 3-balls.
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The total has come down from 227.5 to 225.5, 1.5 points higher than where Game 2 closed. DraftKings and BetRivers have it at 226.5 while FanDuel came all the way down to 225.5. The ‘under’ prevailed in Game 1 despite OT but stood no chance on Monday night as the Bucks racked up 78 first-half points and ultimately help get the high side get over with 2:02 to go on a Sam Merrill 3-ball that made him the 10th player on the team to connect from beyond the arc. Milwaukee split its two games in South Florida this season, losing 144-97 on Dec. 29 before bouncing back for a 119-108 victory the next night.
Miami is 9-3 at home since April 1, defeating the Warriors, Lakers, Nets and 76ers among others. The Heat will play in front of an increased capacity of 17,000 fans. The Bucks are 3-4 on the road since April 25 despite being favored in every game.