The Miami Heat (1-0) are set to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (1-0) at the Fiserv Forum tonight as they hit the road for the first time this season. During the two-game road trip, they will face two very tough opponents, both of whom have gotten off to strong starts so far this year. Miami travels to Minnesota on Sunday in the second game of a back-to-back but first, it's a game against the Bucks and their reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Miami got their season underway in style against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, which was thanks to a huge team effort across both the starters and the bench as the team rallied despite the absence of All-Star guard Jimmy Butler. Butler missed the game against the Grizzlies due to the birth of his daughter and he will also miss the Heat’s road trip this weekend.
In Butler’s absence, key players such as Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo, and Goran Dragic all stepped up their games in the win over Memphis, as did rookie’s Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro, who made the start. If the Heat are to claim their first win on the road at the first time of asking then these guys will almost definitely need to bring their A-game.
As for the Bucks, the focus has mainly been and will continue to be on Giannis and quite rightly too, as the leagues MVP continues to show exactly why he is the future of the NBA.
In Milwaukee’s first game of the season, Giannis had himself quite the game finishing with a big-time triple-double. In his 28 minutes on the floor, the 28-year-old finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, with one steal and a block.
A season won't be decided by one game, but should the Heat defy the odds and claim a big win in Milwaukee then you really have to feel it will be by isolating Giannis. Of course as we all know by it's easier said than done.
Tonight’s game will be the first of three matchups this regular season. Last season, Milwaukee won the season series, 3-1, and has currently won three-straight against Miami after the Heat had won six consecutive prior to that.
Miami is 68-44 all-time vs the Bucks during the regular season, including 35-20 in Miami and 33-24 on the road.
- Justise Winslow
- Kendrick Nunn
- Tyler Herro
- Bam Adebayo
- Meyers Leonard
- Eric Bledsoe
- Wesley Matthews
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Khris Middleton
- Brook Lopez
TV: FOX Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty, Jason Jackson); NBA TV
Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ruth Riley Hunter)
Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)