Can The Miami Heat Pull Off The Upset On The Milwaukee Bucks?

  • The Milwaukee Bucks are favored to beat the Miami Heat with -235 odds.
  • The total points for the game is 223.5 while the spread favors the Bucks (-5.5).

ORLANDO, Fla. – Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Miami Heat is set to begin on Monday at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Online sportsbooks currently have the Milwaukee Bucks listed as the favorites to beat the Heat in the first game but not by much.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat

  • Moneyline: Bucks (-235) vs. Heat (+195)
  • Spread: Bucks -5.5
  • Total: 223.5 Points

Those looking to take the risk can do so on the Miami Heat as they are in a position to give Milwaukee a run for their money. The Heat are the only team in the league who have beaten Milwaukee twice and that should not be taken lightly.

The Bucks are clearly the best team in the league as they finished with a league-best 56-17 record and the fact that the Heat beat them twice should have bettors shifting towards their odds.

Another thing to take note of is that Miami has Giannis figured out. They are also the only team to hold him to his lowest scoring total at 13 points.

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Also, Bucks shooting guard, Khris Middleton, had a rough first round against the Orlando Magic who held him to just 15 ppg including a 1-8 two-point game. If Miami could contain Giannis and Middleton continues his struggles, the Heat could offer a nice payout in Game 1.

As for the game total, NBA sportsbooks have the total set somewhat high. In the Miami side of things in the first round of the playoffs, they only hit the over once during their four-game sweep over the Indiana Pacers.

The Bucks on the other hand did hit the over in four of their five first-round games.

Miami has proven to be a scrappy defensive team and that is something that should fear the Bucks. That being said, the under here should be taken.

Looking at the spread, Milwaukee is set up to have a hard time covering the spread. Again, the Heat have proven time and time again that they are the real deal. In the three games that these two played in the regular season, Milwaukee was able to cover the spread just once as Miami took the victory in the first two games.