PreHeat: Miami Heat (13-8) @ Milwaukee Bucks (7-12)

  • The Heat go for their first five-game winning streak of the season against a Milwaukee Bucks team that so far has failed to live up to expectations after a surprisingly decent last season led by rookie sensation Brandon Jennings. The Heat lost three of four in the 09-10 season series.
  • This is the first game of a four-game road trip for Miami and they only have four home games out of thirteen for the rest of the calendar year.
  • Zach Lowe on SI.com: "I was excited to watch this team when the season started. And, wow, has it been ugly. The offense has been historically wretched, John Salmons and Corey Maggette are both shooting worse than 40 percent and recovering from nagging ankle injuries, and Andrew Bogut can’t get healthy. But there is reason for hope: Milwaukee’s health should improve, its defense remains imposing and Scott Skiles’ teams have a history of finishing strong."
  • The Bucks are second in opponent points in the paint, allowing only 35.3 points per game, and tied for fifth in the league in opponent second-chance points, allowing 11.6 per game. They lead the league in grabbing 77.5% of the available defensive rebounds and are ninth in the league in rebounds with 42.6.
  • Andrew Bogut has been day-to-day with back soreness but apparently is good to go for tonight. (Not good news as it's hard to see any of the Heat centers having a great deal of success against Bogut if his health allows him to play up to his abilities.) Carlos Delfino has also been day-to-day with a neck strain and Michael Redd is out with a left ACL/MCL injury.
Probable Heat starters: Carlos Arroyo, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Zydrunas Ilgauskas Probable Bucks starters: Brandon Jennings, John Salmons, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Ersan Ilyasova, Andrew Bogut

When/Where: 8 p.m., Bradley Center, Milwaukee.

TV -- Sun Sports. Radio -- WAXY (790-AM), WEFL (960-AM), WQBA (1140-AM, Spanish)

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