The Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat are set to meet in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs in what will be a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals when the Heat beat the Bucks in five games to advance to the Finals. of the NBA. The Heat will be looking to pull off a repeat performance, while the Bucks are obviously hoping for a different outcome.
It’s not an ideal first-round game for either team, as the Bucks would likely prefer to face a less talented and experienced team to kick off what they hope will be a deep playoff series, while the Heat probably would have finished higher in the rankings. in the East if they weren’t hampered by injuries and COVID-related issues early in the season. But that’s how the cookie crumbles, as they say, and now the two teams will have to go head to head in the first round. One will win and advance to the second round, and the other team will come home, disappointed.
(3) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (6) Miami Heat
- Dated: Saturday May 22 | Time: 2 p.m. ET
- Location: Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- TV: ESPN | Direct: Watch ESPN
- Chances: MIA +170; MIL -190; O / U 227 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
Featured Game | Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat
Roe deer: The Bucks have made several changes after losing to the Heat in the playoffs last year. They added Jrue Holiday during the offseason to provide Giannis Antetokounmpo with another prominent sidekick, they tweaked their defensive plan to include more change, and they tweaked their offensive approach to lighten some of the offensive burden from end of Antetokounmpo’s match. Now we’ll finally see if these changes work in the playoffs. Antetokounmpo, for his part, does not necessarily seem very optimistic.
“I don’t know if this year is going to be any different,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’m not going to lie to you. It might be the same. Who knows. The results will speak for themselves at the end. But at the end of the day, I don’t get too high, don’t get too high. don’t get too low. I feel like last year, probably because of the bubble, I couldn’t get away from basketball. For example, losing a game and going to a hotel and seeing the players who just beat you, you’ve gotten too low. ”
If the outcome is no different this time around, major changes could be made at Milwaukee, both at the roster and coaching staff level. So to say the stakes are high for the Bucks in this series would be an understatement.
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Heat: The Heat are in a similar position to where they were entering the playoffs last year as they flew a bit under the radar and aren’t a seed, but are still extremely dangerous. Outside of Jae Crowder, the Heat have virtually the same team that made it to the final last year – the team that beat the seeded Bucks in just five games. The pressure will be on the Bucks again, which should work in Miami’s favor.
All the pressure is on the Bucks here, and after having had a year to mull over their loss to the Heat, you’d think they’ll come out focused and ready to send a message in Game 1. played in the bubble, Jrue Holiday wasn’t in Milwaukee, but now he is, and he could be an x-factor in Game 1 and the series as a whole. Picks: Bucks -4.5