Miami Heat vs Bucks odds and Predictions : Bucks have now lost two games in a row to Miami Heat. Last night's game was closer than the first game.
How are the betting and prediction markets responding to this defeat?
With an improvement performance, it appears that the 3rd game has become a bit unpredictable and the Bucks are no more the favourites to make it to the Conference Finals.
Miami Heat vs Bucks odds and Predictions : What happened in the 2nd Game?
While the end result appears to be a close one and the game was decided in the last minute, MIL were never dominant except during parts of the 3rd quarter. In fact, MIA were ahead by 6 points before until the very last minute before the Bucks equalised under controversial circumstances. Jimmy Butler of the Heat then had two free throws (also under controversial circumstances) in the final second which finally won the game for MIA.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had a better day with 29 Points (18 points in game 1). Khris Middleton was once again consistent with 23 points in game 2 (vs 28 in game 1). Free Throw percentage was up for the Bucks at 84.6% versus 53.8% in the first game. Turnovers too showed an improvement from 19 in the first game to 14 in the second. Bucks struggled with 3 pointers having shot just seven 3 pointers versus Heat at 17 3 pointers.
Jimmy Butler who scored a career high 40 points in game 1 ended with 13 in Game 2 with 2 crucial points at the very end. Goran Dragic was consistent with 23 points in game 2 versus 27 points in game 1. A total of 7 Miami Heat players ended with double digit scores in game 2 (versus 4 in the first game)
Overall, Bucks would be satisfied with improvements from the previous game while MIA would be happy with two wins in two games, consistency and teamwork. Giannis underperformance is a big factor but he has picked up his game and he could be the difference in the next game on friday.
Miami Heat vs Bucks odds and Predictions : Matches Ahead
Game 3: Bucks vs Heat – 4th September
Bucks vs Heat odds and Predictions : Heat to Head Stats
The Bucks and the Heats have faced each other 115 times during the regular season and the Miami side has gotten the better of the Bucks with 70 wins to only 45 wins by the Bucks, while in the Playoff the Miami side now has a 6-0 advantage over the Bucks.
Miami Heat vs Bucks odds and Predictions Analysis
After facing two back to back defeats, the Bucks have lost the favourite tag in the series.
FiveThirtyEight gives MIA a higher chance to win the 3rd game against MIL. They had given the Bucks a higher probability to win the 2nd game
The odds for the match on betting website Fanduel is a close one.
As per Bet365, the chances of a Bucks victory is at 1.9, same as Heat with a +ve spread
At one end, things are looking tough for the Bucks as they stare at likely exit in the next 2 games. On the other hand, the top seeded team has shown an improved performance that could still take them to the Conference Finals.