That's the Heat's (49-22) next opponent. It's their first visit to Milwaukee since they swept the Bucks out of the first round of the playoffs last season. The team, looks much different than they did then at this point in the season. The Bucks are already missing several key contributors with both Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders out for the season, but O.J. Mayo also missed the last game with an ankle injury.
The Bucks are bad, really bad. They lost 8 straight before defeating the Lakers in their last contest. They are 9-27 at home and are being outscored by 8.1 PPG for the season. The Bucks are one of the worst offensive teams in the NBA. But they are young and athletic, and we all know sometimes that can be a trap for the Heat.
Miami was without Greg Oden, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade in their blowout win in Detroit last night that saw Lebron James get a triple double in three quarters. We are uncertain of any of their statuses for this game. Ray Allen won't play, he didn't travel with the team. Wade mentioned that his hamstring did not feel good yesterday.
"It didn't loosen up and I was still feeling pain in it. It isn't even that I don't want to push it. I can't." -- Dwyane Wade
So Miami shouldn't take this game lightly. They will be shorthanded again, and with this being the sole visit for the Heat to Milwaukee, rest assured it will make their dreadful season exciting to beat the Champs tonight.
I'd suspect that Oden gets the start tonight, but I'm uncertain about Chalmers. Without Wade or Allen, James Jones could get the start again if Chalmers doesn't play. Milwaukee is missing too many defenders to try and contain LeBron, he's had some big games in Milwaukee before. Miami should win easily if they bring the necessary effort. And every game matters again as the Heat are still just 1 game back in the loss column to the Pacers in the quest for the East's top spot.
This is a later game, starting in Central time. It tips off at 8:30 EST from the BMO Center in Milwaukee.