Milwaukee – The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Heat two Sundays ago in Miami and are looking to add another victory tonight. The Bucks will try and win three games in a row for the first time this season when the Heat visits Milwaukee.
Unlike last time, Dwyane Wade will be playing which will give Miami the upper hand. Wade will be in familiar territory when he steps out on the court at the Bradley Center, the same arena he won so many games in college at Marquette.
Miami has won eight of their last nine with their only loss coming at the hands of Milwaukee. The Heat will be riding a five-game win streak while the Bucks have won two in a row of their own after beating the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons at home.
In their last meeting, the Bucks held the Heat to 37.3% shooting while outscoring their bench 39-11. LeBron James and Chris Bosh shot 50% from the field but the rest of the team could only manage 21.9%. The Bucks defense is why they prevailed in that game and it is the same thing that will keep them in this one tonight.
Brandon Jennings is on fire right now and is the key to Milwaukee offensively. Drew Gooden, Mike Dunleavy and Ersan Ilyasova have also been huge contributors as of late but they will need everybody involved to win. Stephen Jackson will hopefully get plenty of playing time after sitting out the last two games with a suspension and a sore back. They will need his high-scoring ability to make an impact off the bench.
There is no doubt the Heat will be out for revenge for being beat two weeks ago so that means the Bucks must be at their very best if they want to come out with a victory. The biggest advantage Milwaukee will have is their bench. Not many teams can match the talent the Bucks have in their secondary squad so when Wade, James and Bosh sit out for a breather Milwaukee must capitalize on every chance they get.