The Miami Heat (1-0) and Milwaukee Bucks (1-0) tangle at 5 p.m. ET in Cream City as both teams look to remain unbeaten during the early going.
Below is a breakdown of the Heat vs. Bucks sports gambling odds and lines, with sports betting tips on the moneyline, spread and Over/Under, along with suggested bets.
The Heat opened with a rather convincing 120-101 victory Wednesday while covering the seven-point number. F Justise Winslow paced the offense with 27 points, while G Kendrick Nunn dropped 24. F Bam Adebayo was the only played who ended up with a double-double, posting 14 points with 11 rebounds.
The Bucks opened with an impressive 117-111 road victory against the Houston Rockets, covering as a slight underdog. Defending MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo went for a triple-double in his season debut, scoring 30 points with 13 rebounds and 11 assists. F Ersan Ilyasova registered a double-double off the bench, posting 13 points with 11 boards.
Heat at Bucks: By the numbers
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- Last season the Bucks were 12-3-1 ATS in the final 16 following an ATS cover in their previous outing, and they were 6-1 ATS in the final seven following a straight-up victory.
- The Bucks are 37-17-2 ATS in the past 56 against Eastern Conference foes.
- The Heat beat the Bucks 94-87 Dec. 22. It was Miami’s only win and/or cover in the four meetings last season with Milwaukee.
- The under is 9-4-1 in the past 14 meetings in Milwaukee, and 19-7-2 in the past 28 meetings overall in this series.
Heat at Bucks: Key injuries
Heat: SF Jimmy Butler (personal) is out for at least two more games, so look for Nunn to start again. SG Dion Waiters (personal) is also out indefinitely.
Heat at Bucks: Odds, picks and betting tips
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Moneyline : The Heat (+400) have rather long odds to win this one outright. They’re not going to beat the Bucks (-556) in their home opener, but Milwaukee is just too expensive to risk it.
Line : The BUCKS ( -10.5, -106) will cash in this one, as the Heat (+10.5, -115) are undermanned. Sure, they looked OK against the Grizzlies, but the Bucks, no pun intended, are a totally different animal.
Over/under : The UNDER 226.5 ( -115) is the way to go based on the series trends, and the fact Miami is playing a bit shorthanded.
Joe Williams’ NBA record to date – ( 4-2, 66.7% +180), including 2-0 on totals and 2-0 on Guaranteed plays.
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