Tonight at 8PM, the Heat will tip-off against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. This is the third and final time the two will face each other this season. The Bucks took the first one in Miami, 91-79 on January 19th, and the Heat got their revenge 10 days later in Milwaukee with a 107-103 victory.
The last time the Heat played the Bucks was on January 29th, in Milwaukee, as Miami took a 107-103 victory. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 24 points, seven assists, four rebounds three steals and three blocks. Chris Bosh had 20 with six boards and five helpers, and Luol Deng scored 16 with seven rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a game-high 28 points with six assists, four rebounds, and three steals for the Bucks. Greg Monroe pitched in with 24 and five boards, and Jabari Parker scored 17 with five boards.
We've shown some grit and some toughness to win some tough games on the road. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra
Brew Hoop has all the information you need about the Bucks.
Miami's last time out resulted in a 103-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, led by 23 each from Wade and Goran Dragic. Dragic also had eight rebounds and five assists, while Hassan Whiteside scored 14 with 13 boards and seven blocks. Ish Smith was electric for the Sixers, scoring 21 on eight-of-12 shooting with five assists and four rebounds.
Everything we go through right now is good for us as we try to put ourselves in a position for the playoffs. This was a different kind of situation. We were down against a team we're supposed to beat, and how are we going to find a way to win the game? - Wade
For more on the Sixers, go to Liberty Ballers.
Milwaukee took on the Chicago Bulls in their last time out, losing to the slumping former contenders by a count of 100-90 on Monday. Jerryd Bayless scored 20 with four assists for them off the bench, Parker pitched in with 18 and 11 helpers, and OJ Mayo scored 18 with five rebounds. Greg Monroe scored 11 with 14 boards. The Bulls were led by Pau Gasol's 12 points, 17 rebounds, 13 assists and five blocked shots, helped out by Derek Rose's 18 points with seven assists (and six turnovers).
We've got a good recipe for having a lot of assists. We've done that pretty well the last few weeks. Right now, with the guys we have, that's the best way for us to play. - Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy
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GameTime: 8PM, FS-Wis, FS-Sun
Line: Miami at minus-2.5
Miami Heat: 37-26, .587, on pace for 48-34. First in the Southeast (by 2.0 games), fourth in the Eastern Conference (0.5 games behind the Boston Celtics), ninth in the NBA. Last Five: W-W-W-W-W. Playoff Odds: 98.9%
Milwaukee Bucks: 26-38, .406, on pace for 33-49. Last in the Central Division (6.5 games behind the fourth-place Detroit Pistons), tied for 12th in the Eastern Conference (with the New York Knicks), tied for 21st in the NBA. Last Five: W-L-W-L-L. Playoff Odds: 0.0% (Lottery Chances 2.6%)
All-Time Head-to-Heat: Miami is 61-39 in 100 games against the Bucks, their fourth best record against any team.
Miami Heat: Hassan Whiteside (illness) is a game-time decision. Chris Bosh (blood clots) and Tyler Johnson (shoulder) are out for the foreseeable future.
Milwaukee Bucks: John Henson (back) may play. Greivis Vasquez (ankle) may be back for tomorrow's game. Michael Carter-Williams (hip) and Steve Novak (knee) are out for the rest of the season.
Probable Starters (and first off the bench)
PG - Goran Dragic
SG - Dwyane Wade (Gerald Green)
C - Amar'e Stoudemire (Hassan Whiteside)
SF - Joe Johnson (Justise Winslow)
PF - Luol Deng (Josh McRoberts)
PG - OJ Mayo (Tyler Ennis)
SG - Khris Middleton (Jerryd Bayless)
C - Miles Plumlee (Greg Monroe)
SF - Giannis Antetokounmpo (Rashad Vaughn)
PF - Jabari Parker (Johnny O'Bryant)
Four rebounds will move Hassan Whiteside past Kevin Willis into 20th on Miami's all-time leaderboard. 15 points will move him into a tie in 46th all time with Anthony Mason.
Goran Dragic will move into the all-time top 50 with four points, passing Ricky Davis.
Luol Deng will pass Norris Cole into 29th all-time with 47 points.
Dwyane Wade needs 70 points to reach 20,000 for his career. He currently ranks 41st in the NBA all-time, 112 points behind Antawn Jamison.
Tune in tonight for the tipoff soon after 8PM, and join us here at HHH for the live gamethread.