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As the Heat get ready to take on the Nets, they also face another challenge on Monday vs the Bucks in a very important game

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NBA: Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Miami is in an interesting spot right now. After struggling against two sub-par teams, in Cleveland and Minnesota they finally managed to right the ship with a win against Dallas on Friday night. Tonight they’ll take on Brooklyn and their third game in four nights will be against the surging Bucks on Monday. The Heat (without Jimmy Butler at the time) managed to beat Milwaukee earlier in the season, but they did so with great defense from a healthy Justise Winslow.

Now a Heat team struggling on defense will have to see how they match-up with the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Make no mistake, this will be a tough game for the Heat, but it will also be a telling one in terms of playoff potential. With that, I’m not looking past the Nets tonight, but the Bucks will be a real test to see what level the Heat are at at this point in the season.

It should also be a really good one to be at. Miami is incredibly tough to beat at home, so if you have the chance this is definitely one to be at.

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Three players to watch out for:

Jimmy Butler:

After missing games for personal reasons, and playing poorly against Minnesota Jimmy appears recharged and ready to dominate. He had 26 points last night, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Duncan Robinson:

Duncan Robinson has been crucial for the Heat as of late, his ability to unleash three pointers at a record pace is amazing. However, his struggles on the defensive end make him a liability in late game situations. It will be interesting to see if Duncan is able to go off early, or convert in key moments.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

It’d be foolish for me to not factor in the reigning MVP as a major thing to watch out for in this one. He’s almost impossible to slow down, but if the Heat can they’ll have a good chance of pulling this one out. It is worth noting that this will be the second game of a back-to-back for the Bucks, so fatigue could play a factor.