Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat Prediction, 12/30/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (+1.5)
The Milwaukee Bucks (1-2) go to AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the Miami Heat (1-1). The odds on this matchup have Miami as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 224.
The Milwaukee Bucks played the New York Knicks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 130-110 in their last contest. Milwaukee ended the contest with a 43.2% FG percentage (41 of 95) and made 7 of their 38 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Bucks converted 21 of 29 tries for a percentage of 72.4%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they compiled a total of 44 with 17 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 24 assists in this contest as well as getting 7 steals and 5 blocked shots. When discussing the defense, Milwaukee allowed 54.1% from the floor on 46 out of 85 shooting. New York recorded 27 dimes and had 5 steals for the contest. In addition, the Knicks pulled down 46 boards (8 offensive, 38 defensive) and added 4 blocks. New York ended up going 81.5% from the charity stripe by converting 22 of 27 shots. They converted 16 of their 27 attempts from beyond the arc.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a player who played a role in the matchup. He totaled 27 points on 9 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 31:59 mins and totaled 13 rebounds. Antetokounmpo finished the game at 60.0% from the floor and dished out 5 assists. One more player that was a contributor in the matchup for the Bucks was Khris Middleton. He collected 4 boards and collected 5 assists. He ended up shooting 44.4% from the floor in this contest by hitting 8-of-18 (22 points). When the game finished, Middleton was on the court for 32:46 minutes.
Milwaukee heads into this matchup with a win-loss record of 1-2 so far this year. The Bucks are hitting 37.6% on shots from 3-point land (41 of 109) and 74.0% from the charity stripe. They average 123.0 pts per contest (2nd in basketball) while shooting 49.8% from the field. They are turning it over 15.0 times per game and as a group they are committing 19.3 fouls per game. As a team, Milwaukee is collecting 52.0 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 68 assists on the year, which has them ranked 16th in basketball in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Bucks are forcing their opponents into 11.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.7 personal fouls. They concede 39.3% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 21st in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (117.0). The Bucks defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 44.9% (34 of 62) and they concede 42.0 rebounds per game as a group. They rank 7th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 64 surrendered for the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Miami Heat walked away with a victory by a final of 111-98 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Heat pulled down 31 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards totaling 35 in the game. They stuffed 2 attempts while recording 11 steals in the matchup. The Pelicans were called for 20 fouls for this game which took the Heat to the free throw line for 23 attempts. They were able to bury 19 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 82.6%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Miami converted 16 of their 37 attempts (43.2%). At the conclusion of this game, the Heat shot 38 out of 75 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.7%. The Heat permitted the Pelicans to knock down 31 of 78 attempts from the field which left them shooting 39.7% in this contest. They finished shooting 28.6% from 3-point land by shooting 10 of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 26 of 33 from the charity stripe (78.8%). When discussing attacking the glass, Miami allowed New Orleans to collect 41 overall (11 on the offensive side).
Duncan Robinson was important for the Heat for this contest. He knocked down 8 out of 14 for the contest for a field goal rate of 57.1%, which got him 23 points. Robinson snagged 5 boards in his 32:02 minutes of time on the court and had 2 assists for the game. One more player who came through for Miami was Goran Dragić. He totaled 18 points in 27:09 minutes on the hardwood by way of 6 of 11 shooting in this game. Dragić wrapped this one up going 54.5% from the field in addition to collecting 9 dimes and 2 boards.
Miami has a mark of 1-1 for the campaign. The Heat are committing 23.0 personal fouls every game and they go 83.3% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 27.0 times per contest (8th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 19.5 times per game. Miami has totaled 218 points this year (109.0 per game) and they grab 39.0 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Heat are shooting 50.6% from the field, which ranks them 4th in basketball. The Heat defensively are ranked 5th in the NBA in points given up per game with 105.5. The Miami defense allows 31.7% on shots from 3-point land (20 of 63) and their opposition knocks down 71.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 20.5 assists and 41.0 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 2nd and 5th in basketball. They have forced 18.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 44.0% from the floor (4th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Milwaukee (+1.5)
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