Miami Heat look to extend streak against Milwaukee Bucks
On Wednesday night Eastern Conference leaders Miami Heat take on 4th placed Milwaukee Bucks. Can the Heat extend their run or will the Bucks get revenge?
The Heat are at the top of the Eastern Conference and Bucks are playing possibly the best ball in the league right now. The only question remains is which one of the two is better?
Miami Heat look to extend run against the Bucks
On Wednesday the Miami Heat who are currently first in the Eastern Conference with record of 41-21 will take on the Milwaukee Bucks who sit in fourth position in the conference with a record of 37-2 and also happen to be the defending NBA champions. A clash of titans perhaps? Maybe so, but more importantly Miami will be looking to not only repel a revenge effort by the Bucks - Milwaukee lost to Miami back 113-104 back on December 9th - but also extend their four game winning streak.
The Milwaukee Bucks are crashing boards
As mentioned before there will be an element of revenge in this game. The Bucks will undoubtedly have their December loss to the heat at the front of their minds when they host Miami on Wednesday night. Of course a lot has happened since that last game. The Bucks currently lead the Eastern Conference in rebounds with an astonishing 46.6 rebounds per game. As you can probably former league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is at the center of that with an eye opening 11.4 rebounds per game. If the Bucks are to hold off the No.1 team in the conference they will need to maintain those kind of numbers while trying to outscore an opponent that has been averaging 109.5 points per game while outscoring opponents by 4.8. The Bucks have their work cut out for them.
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Key players to watch in Heat vs Bucks
Any winning formula that the Bucks can come up with will surely rest on the broad shoulders of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 'Greek Freak' as he is known across the league has been averaging a total of 29.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and six assists. Alongside Antetokounmpo, there must be a mention of Bobby Portis who has averaged 3.1 3-pointers for the last 10 consecutive games.
Where the Heat are concerned it's all about the usual suspects. Kyle Lowry has been his usual self with an average of 13.4 points and 7.9 assists for the Heat, while Jimmy Butler has been pretty much red hot for the last 10 games straight. Butler has been averaging 21.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Needless to say when Saturday night's game gets going it will be a contest between to very dangerous offenses. A clash of titans indeed!