We’re down to the final couple days of the NBA regular season. In an important Eastern Conference matchup today, the Miami Heat travel to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. This is the third and final matchup between these teams during this shortened NBA season. The Heat vs. Bucks NBA betting picks preview will find the best NBA betting odds, give you some betting trends, and show you the best NBA picks and NBA predictions available.
NBA Betting Preview: Picks, Odds & Betting Trends Today
Miami Heat (39-31, 18-16 Away) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (39-31, 18-16 Home)
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. EST
Venue: Fiserv Forum — Milwaukee, WI
While these two teams have just two games left, there is still motivation to win the game today. For Miami, they could finish as high as No. 4, or as low as No. 6. Obviously, this means they could still win homecourt advantage for the first round of the playoffs. They are ending the season the way you’d like, winning seven of their past eight games. A win today could mean they may have the opportunity to rest players tomorrow against the Pistons, which would be a much easier matchup to win. While the Heat pride themselves on their balanced attack, Jimmy Butler is still the clear leader of this team. He has averaged 19.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.8 steals during his six games in May.
The Bucks will also be looking to win today, since a win keeps them in the running for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, with them currently only a game behind the Nets. Milwaukee, however, isn’t at risk of dropping, so a loss today would likely lock in the team resting their players tomorrow. The Bucks have also ended the season strong, winning seven of their past eight games as well. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the clear leader of this team, and he has put forth another MVP-level season. During his seven games in May, Giannis has averaged a stellar 31.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He is also coming off a 40-point game where three other starters scored at least 20 points.
Using Awesemo’s OddsShopper tool, we can easily compare the NBA odds for Heat vs. Bucks betting across the major sportsbooks. The odds expressed are from 1 p.m. EST on May 15, so make sure to check out the OddsShopper tool yourself to get the most up-to-date odds.
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NBA Odds: Moneyline
- Heat: (-143) — SugarHouse, DraftKings
- Bucks: (+130) — William Hill
NBA Odds: Spread
- Heat: -3 (-110) — BetMGM, PointsBet, William Hill
- Bucks: +3 (-106) — FanDuel
NBA Odds: Point Total
- Over: 230.5 (-115) — BetMGM
- Under: 231.5 (-114) — FanDuel
Heat vs. Bucks NBA Betting Trends
- Miami is 6-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last seven games.
- The total has hit the over in 10 of Miami’s last 11 games.
- Milwaukee is 0-5 ATS in its last five games.
- The total has hit the over in four of Milwaukee’s last five games.
Heat vs. Bucks Prediction
Milwaukee has been an underdog just four times this season. They failed to cover the spread all four times. The Bucks are also just 17-18 ATS at home and 19-25 after a win. The Heat are 22-16 ATS following a win, 18-16 on the road and 12-8 as a road favorite. With both teams expecting to be healthy and go all out today, the trends are pointing to Miami to win and cover. I will stick with the trends for this crazy day of basketball.
Prediction: Heat -3
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