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Game Preview: Heat host Bucks looking for consistency

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The Milwaukee Bucks have already beaten the Miami Heat twice this season. Now, with a renewed energy, the Heat look to come within one game of the Bucks for 6th in the East.

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The Miami Heat are looking for their third straight victory as they host the Milwaukee Bucks. Here's our preview with all the details you need to know.

INFO
Milwaukee Bucks (22-22) @ Miami Heat (20-24)
WHEN: 7:30 PM EST @ AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
BROADCAST: SunSports

Probable Starters
Brandon Knight PG Mario Chalmers
Khris Middleton SG Dwyane Wade
Giannis Antetokounmpo SF Luol Deng
Ersan Ilyasova PF Chris Bosh
Zaza Pachulia C Chris Andersen

Previous Matchups

November 16: Milwaukee 91, @ Miami 84 -- View the GameStream

December 5: Miami 85, @ Milwaukee 109 -- View the GameStream

GAME PREVIEW
Having lost twice already to the Bucks this year, the Heat are in desperate need of a win against them as they try to move up in the standings. The Heat are two games back of Milwaukee for the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference, and with the Bucks not having Jabari Parker for the remainder of the season, the Heat might be able to move past them.

But the Bucks have won in Miami and dominated in Milwaukee against the Heat already this season, so it's not going to be an easy task. However, the Heat didn't have what they have now -- and that's Hassan Whiteside, who is coming off a triple double of 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks in 25 minutes off the bench. Yea, it was pretty impressive.

The Bucks are next in line after the Heat at 3rd in the league in PPG allowed. Milwaukee isn't a dominant rebounding or scoring team, so there's areas should help the Heat. The Bucks have lost 4 of their last 6 games, and most recently a 6 point loss on Sunday to the Spurs.

Brandon Knight will be the toughest task for the Heat to try and maintain. He's averaging 17.9 PPG so far this season and leads the Bucks. They have four active players averaging double figures (another in Parker). Miami will also need to play better against Antetokounmpo. Giannis has the raw talent and ability to create some problems for the Heat.

Hopefully Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade show up and have good games. They have both played well in the Heat's last two wins against the Pacers and Bulls. This would be a good win for the Heat who will have two full days off before they face the Mavericks on Friday.

For more on the Bucks, visit SB Nation's Brew Hoop