NBA Odds: Bucks Face Heat in Competitive Eastern Semis

Have the Milwaukee Bucks made any progress over the past year? Once again, the Bucks have the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs, and they’re favored to win the Eastern Conference Semifinals. But this time, Milwaukee has to overcome a very tough Miami Heat squad. Game 2 of this best-of-seven series tips off Wednesday from the Orlando bubble at 6:30 PM ET, broadcast network to be determined at press time.

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While Milwaukee had the league’s best record this season at 56-17 (39-34 ATS), they also struggled inside the bubble at 3-5 SU and ATS, and dropped the opener of their first-round series against the Orlando Magic before sweeping the last four games at 3-0-1 ATS. The Bucks have no injuries of note heading into Monday’s second-round opener as 5.5-point “home” favorites in Orlando.

The Heat (44-29 SU, 36-35-2 ATS) had little trouble winning the Southwest Division this year, and just like Milwaukee, they went 3-5 SU and ATS during their seeding games. However, after some smart lineup changes, Miami swept the Indiana Pacers SU and ATS from the first round. Jimmy Butler (left shoulder) expects to play Monday. The rest of the Heat rotation is at full health.
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