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Game #73: Miami Heat (38-34) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (39-31)

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Use this post as your Open Game Thread

After the total stomping the Heat laid on Chicago last night, they will look to finish their brief 3-game road trip unblemished when they head into Milwaukee tonight.  The way they have been playing lately, as long as they can avoid too much beer and bratwursts then they have a pretty legitimate shot of heading home victorious.  Considering that the Heat just proved to us that they can beat a team that they hadn't all year (Charlotte last Saturday), there is no reason to think they can't take care of business against the Bucks

Miami heads into this game trailing Milwaukee by 2 games for 5th place but by 3 in the loss column.  It's interesting because Boston and Atlanta are tied in the standings with identical 46-25 records, but the Celtics get the higher spot because they are a division leader.  That means that if the season ended now, the Bucks would face Atlanta in the 1st round of the playoffs and the Heat would face Boston.  Which team would you rather face?  Miami lost all 3 of their games against the Celtics but did play them well. 

As well as Miami has been playing of late, this game is going to be a big test for how they can perform against a quality opponent.  Looking at the rest of their schedule, this could be their last opportunity to do that.  Their remaining games are all against teams below .500, and only Toronto (who they play on Sunday) is a team in a playoff position.

GAME NOTES

  • Milwaukee has lost just 3 of their last 18 games.
  • Miami is averaging 78.7 points on 36.5% shooting in 3 games against the Bucks this season.
  • The Heat has scored at least 100 points in 8 of their last 12 games.  Before that, they had only hit 100 in 3 of their previous 15. 
  • In the 3-games between Milwaukee and Miami this season, the Bucks have won them all by at least 11 points, with a 16.7 average margin of victory.
  • The Bucks are looking for just their 3rd season sweep of the Heat in Miami's 22-year history.  They haven't done it since the 1990-91 season.
  • The Heat has improved their record on the 2nd night of back-to-backs, now sitting at 5-10. 

Tipoff from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee is set for 8:30.  Tedhill will once again have your game recap, and I'm sure it will be just as good as his first two.  Enjoy the game all...LETS GO HEAT!!!