The Heat have locked up the first overall seed and will carry home-court advantage through the conference playoffs. Meanwhile, with only a handful of games left, it has become increasingly unlikely that the Bucks will catch up to the Boston Celtics for the seventh seed. Right now Milwaukee is trailing Boston by 3.5 games.
Brandon Jennings has previously said that he does not mind taking on the NBA champions in the first round, and the Bucks have done quite well against them this season. Miami will look to close out the regular season series against their potential opponents on a high note, as the Heat hold a 2-1 record against the Bucks this season.
Miami is not really playing for much right now, as Erik Spoelstra is taking turns resting his superstars and keeping them under a minute limit. At the same time, this is a great opportunity for the Heat to send a message to Milwaukee. Miami would be heavily favored in a seven-game series, but if everything falls in the right place, the Bucks have the talent to perhaps steal a game and avoid a sweep.
LeBron James played 29 minutes in Miami’s last game and he has been key in Miami’s victories over the Bucks this season. He flirted with a triple-double in two of the three meetings.
While the Bucks won’t necessarily be playing for a better seed, this is an important game for them, especially since it will be played in Miami.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis