Miami Heat Odds
The Miami Heat take a second swipe at putting away Milwaukee when they oppose the Bucks on Tuesday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals near Orlando.
The fifth-seeded Heat fell short of the sweep when they lost 118-115 in overtime during Sunday’s Game 4. Jimmy Butler scored 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting to sit below the 20-point mark for the second time in three games. Goran Dragic was worse at 5-of-17 shooting for 17 points in his second straight below-20 outing after equaling or exceeding the mark in each of Miami’s first six playoff games.
The top-seeded Bucks have had no answer for Heat big man Bam Adebayo, who is 17-of-21 shooting over the past two games while averaging 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Milwaukee Bucks Odds
The health of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s right ankle is a major concern as the Milwaukee Bucks try to remain alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday against the Miami Heat near Orlando.
If a 3-1 series deficit wasn’t bad enough, the possibility of being without Antetokounmpo could be a major hurdle for top-seeded Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo attempted to play in Game 4 and lasted just 11 minutes before reinjuring the ankle. He did very little during the Bucks’ light practice on Monday and will surely test the ankle in warm-ups since the team has listed him as questionable.
Khris Middleton torched fifth-seeded Miami for 36 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in Sunday’s 118-115 overtime victory. Middleton is averaging 26.3 points in the series.
Heat vs. Bucks Game 5 Betting Pick
If Giannis Antetokounmpo was unable to make it through Game 4, it is hard to count on him playing a full Game 5. Also figure that the Heat have no interest in letting this series reach a Game 6.
Heat vs. Bucks Game 5 Betting Pick:
Heat (-4/-107), Bucks (+4/-114)
Heat 119, Bucks 112
Heat at Bucks Best Bet for Game 5
Miami’s offense has racked up at least 115 points in all four games.
So if the Bucks have had issues stopping the Heat with Defensive Player of the Year Antetokounpmo, look for more issues Tuesday whether or not he plays against a Miami team with several weapons.
Heat at Bucks Best Bet for Game 5: Miami -4.5/OVER 219.5 (+390)