NBA Playoff Picks - Thursday, May 27
Bucks vs. Heat Prediction
This Thursday we have three games to enjoy, with picks for the other games available here, from our expert handicapper Jonathan Macri.
How quickly the tables can turn.
The Heat had to be disappointed after a 2-point Game 1 loss, but considering their two best players struggled immensely from the field and it came down to the wire, they had to be feeling frisky coming into the second bout.
So much for the good vibes. Miami got shellacked by 34 points in a game that was out of hand before the end of the first quarter, with the Bucks up by 28 with a minute remaining in the opening period. The Heat briefly cut it to 19 early in the second but this was otherwise a TKO all the way.
Worse yet, the Heat’s two stars still haven’t been able to get it going. After combining to go 8-for-37 in Game 1, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo were just 9-for-21 in game 2 – more efficient but still largely ineffective. Tyler Herro also has just three field goals in the series.
Worst of all, the Heat don’t seem to have an answer for the two-time MVP. Giannis Antetokounmpo is backing up Milwaukee’s embrace of this matchup, averaging 28.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the series. There are no solutions on the horizon.
At some point, you are what you are, and Miami sure seems to be the team that finished 17th in the league in net rating this season, the lowest of any playoff participant besides the Wizards. The Bucks, meanwhile, are backing up their top-four rating.
The onslaught continues Thursday night.
The Pick: Milwaukee -1.5 @ -110
Bucks vs. Heat Picks & Predictions
Bucks -1.5 @ -110 (Click to bet)
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