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Preview: Jimmy Butler leads Heat into Game 2 clash with Bucks


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Preview: Jimmy Butler leads Heat into Game 2 clash with Bucks

TV: ESPN TIME: 6:30 p.m. POSTGAME COVERAGE ON FOX SPORTS GO Miami Heat (44-29, fifth in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (56-17, first in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) LINE Bucks -5; over/under is 223.5 EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND Miami leads series 1-0 BOTTOM LINE The Miami Heat…

TV: ESPN

TIME: 6: 30 p.m.

POSTGAME COVERAGE ON FOX SPORTS GO

Miami Heat (44-29, fifth in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (56-17, first in the Eastern Conference during the regular season)

LINE

Bucks -5; over/under is 223.5

EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND

Miami leads series 1-0

BOTTOM LINE

The Miami Heat take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference second round with a 1-0 lead in the series. The Heat won the last meeting 115-104. Jimmy Butler scored 40 points to lead Miami to the win and Khris Middleton scored 28 points in defeat for Milwaukee.

The Bucks are 37-7 against conference opponents. Milwaukee is 36-4 against opponents below .500.

The Heat are 30-13 in conference matchups. Miami is fourth in the Eastern Conference with 35.9 defensive rebounds per game led by Bam Adebayo averaging 7.8.

TOP PERFORMERS

Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists for the Bucks. Brook Lopez is averaging 18 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 54.7% over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.

Butler has shot 45.5% and is averaging 19.9 points for the Heat. Tyler Herro is averaging 18.5 points and 3.5 assists over the last 10 games for Miami.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS

Bucks: Averaging 114.2 points, 47.7 rebounds, 26.5 assists, 6.8 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.3 points on 42.7% shooting.

Heat: Averaging 112 points, 45.6 rebounds, 23.4 assists, 8.6 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 46.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 101.4 points on 46.2% shooting.

INJURIES

Bucks: Eric Bledsoe: out (hamstring).

Heat: KZ Okpala: out (personal), Gabe Vincent: out (shoulder), Chris Silva: out (groin).

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