Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 5/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Bucks (45-25) play the Miami Heat (39-31) at Fiserv Forum on Saturday.
The Miami Heat stepped onto the hardwood against the Philadelphia 76ers and took home the win by a score of 106-94 in their last contest. Miami wrapped up the game having earned a 50.6% field goal percentage (41 of 81) and converted 13 of their 35 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Heat made 11 of their 11 tries for a rate of 100.0%. In reference to hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 47 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 26 dimes in this game in addition to forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and getting 5 steals. When talking about the defense, Miami let their opponent shoot 46.2% from the field on 36 out of 78 shooting. Philadelphia earned 20 dimes and had 8 steals for the contest. Moreover, Philadelphia had 30 rebounds (8 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. Philadelphia ended up going 75.0% at the free throw line by making 15 of their 20 tries. They knocked down 7 of 25 shots from distance.
Jimmy Butler is one player who was a major contributor in the game. He recorded 21 points on 6 of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 29:22 mins and also grabbed 5 rebounds. Butler walked away from this one shooting 60.0% from the field and also recorded 4 dimes. Someone else that came through in the matchup for the Heat was Bam Adebayo. He grabbed 12 rebounds in his 34:36 min on the hardwood. He shot 69.2% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 9-of-13 (18 points). When the final whistle was blown, Adebayo accounted for 8 assists.
Miami heads into this contest with a mark of 39-31 so far this season. They are giving up possession 14.1 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.9 fouls per contest. As a team, Miami is pulling in 41.6 boards per game and has accounted for 1,838 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 9th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Heat are shooting 35.6% on shots from distance (897 of 2,523) and 79.2% from the free throw line. They average 107.9 points per outing (25th in the league) while connecting on 46.8% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Heat have forced 15.1 turnovers every game while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. They surrender 36.6% from beyond the arc while they are 5th in basketball in opponents points per game (107.9). The Heat are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 45.8% (1,058 of 1,378) and they relinquish 43.0 rebounds per contest as a squad. They rank 22nd in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,802 conceded so far this year.
When they last played, the Milwaukee Bucks took home the win by a final score of 142-133 against the Indiana Pacers. The Bucks were able to corral 41 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 51 in the matchup. They coughed up the ball 12 times, while getting 5 steals for this contest. The Pacers were called for 22 personal fouls for this contest which got the Bucks to the charity stripe for a total of 31 shots. They were able to make 23 of them for a percentage of 74.2%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Milwaukee made 11 of their 30 tries (36.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Bucks finished the game shooting 54 for 94 from the field which had them shooting 57.4%. The Bucks allowed the Pacers to make 50 of 110 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 45.5% for the game. They finished shooting 48.8% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 21 of 43 and finished the contest at 12 out of 15 at the free throw line (80.0%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Milwaukee permitted Indiana to collect 40 in total (12 offensive).
Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up being a major contributor for the Bucks for this game. He knocked down 14 of 18 in this game for a rate of 77.8%, and accounted for 15 rebounds. Antetokounmpo accumulated 40 points in his 35:05 mins of playing time and had 6 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He ended up with 6 dimes in 33:58 minutes on the hardwood, and he shot 9 of 17 from the floor. Middleton ended the game having shot 52.9% from the floor as well as earning 22 points and 4 boards.
Milwaukee has a record of 45-25 for the season. As an offensive team, the Bucks are connecting on 48.8% from the floor, which ranks 3rd in the league. Milwaukee has tallied 8,415 points so far this season (120.2 per game) and they grab 48.2 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 25.6 times per game (11th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per contest. The Bucks commit 17.3 fouls per contest and they hit 76.1% from the free throw line. The Bucks on the defensive end are ranked 21st in basketball in PPG given up with 114.3. They have surrendered 25.1 dimes and 43.5 boards per game, which is 17th and 13th in the league. The Milwaukee defense surrenders 38.3% on 3-point shots (1,032 of 2,697) and their opponents are converting on 78.1% of their foul shots. They are forcing 13.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 45.6% from the field (5th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Milwaukee
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