Miami Heat Odds
Jimmy Butler attempts to follow up a spectacular performance when the fifth-seeded Miami Heat face the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday.
Butler established a personal playoff-high 40 points in Game 1 to lead the Heat to a 115-104 victory. He made 13 of 20 shots from the field — connecting on both 3-point attempts — and 12 of 13 from the free-throw line. Point guard Goran Dragic continued his strong postseason with 27 points for his fifth straight effort of 20 or more points.
The Heat, who are 5-0 this postseason, have won three of four against the top-seeded Bucks this season after the latest strong showing. Bam Adebayo contributed 12 points and 17 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the postseason.
Milwaukee Bucks Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks look to rebound from a disappointing showing when they face the fifth-seeded Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday.
The top-seeded Bucks were outplayed by Miami and the sloppiness included 19 turnovers and a 14-of-26 effort from the free-throw line. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was the biggest culprit by committing six turnovers and making just 4 of 12 free throws and he scored just 18 points.
The Bucks also lost the opener of their first-round series against the Orlando Magic before winning the final four games. Khris Middleton had 28 points and Brook Lopez added 24 in Game 1 versus the Heat. Point guard Eric Bledsoe (hamstring) sat out the opener and is questionable for Game 2.
Heat vs. Bucks Game 2 Betting Prediction
The Bucks lost the opener of their first-round series against the Orlando Magic before recovering with four straight wins. It is hard to see Milwaukee falling behind 0-2 in this round.
Moneyline Betting Prediction:
Bucks (-215/-5) vs. Heat (+180/+5)
Bucks 117 vs. Heat 105
Heat vs. Bucks Game 2 Best Bet
It seems unlikely that Antetokounmpo will have a second straight subpar outing so look for the reigning MVP to top the 30-point mark and energize the Milwaukee offense while Middleton and Lopez again have solid games.
Heat vs. Bucks Game 2 Best Bet: Bucks OVER 112.5 points (-121)