Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks: Keys, predictions, and players to watch

Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Max Strus #31 of the Miami Heat (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Max Strus #31 of the Miami Heat (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat are looking to avoid a three-game losing streak coming off the NBA All-Star Break, as they hit the road to take on the Milwaukee Buck in Milwaukee at 7:30 pm Eastern in a nationally televised ESPN game Friday night.

The Heat are coming off a, 116-105, defeat to the Brooklyn Nets in their last game, one in which they allowed the Brooklyn Nets’ newly acquired wing, Mikal Bridges, to go for a career-high 45 points. That’s what they are leaving behind as they look to avoid the three-game skid.

Player To Watch

Kevin Love has joined the Miami Heat after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers and appears as though he’ll make his Heat debut in Milwaukee. Love, who is a five-time NBA All-Star and former NBA Champion with the Cavaliers, will bring a new offensive energy to the Miami Heat that involves attacking in the paint, shooting from behind the arc, and a strong sense to attack the glass.

If Love does, indeed, make his debut against the Bucks, he will need to come into this game doing just that—all of the above to help the Miami Heat get out to a good and consistent start against this Bucks team that is likely to be without their best guy in Giannis Antetokounmpo.

He will be the key player to watch this game.

The Miami Heat have a few new pieces in tow as they head to Milwaukee to face the Bucks. But can they get a win in their first post-All-Star Break game?

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Keys To The Game

  1. Hit The Three– The Miami Heat made just eight of their 28 attempted three-pointers in their last game against the Nets. Miami needs to come into this game looking to hit the three-ball and hopefully, behind the prowess of the guy that is the player to watch for them, Kevin Love.
  2. Move The Ball– The Miami Heat had 19 assists in their last game against the Nets, which was seven less than Brooklyn had at 26. Miami needs to come into this game also looking to move the ball and make the tough plays easy by helping each other out on the offensive side via the pass.
  3. Hold The Lead– Miami has seemed to have a problem for most of the season, one where they have a lead at some point during the game but only to lose it during the game’s final minutes or near about. Miami needs to hold the lead and make sure the Bucks don’t have a chance to get back into the game, because again, without the Greek Freak, you’ll get everyone else’s best shot.


If Kevin Love makes his debut on Friday night and with Miami looking to align for a late-season push into the postseason, they’d need to quickly hope to ensure they get on the same accord. They also need to get every win they can along the way and starting against the Bucks on Friday would be tremendous.

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With all of that, their new additions, the sense of new energy that should inspire, and with what should be a sense of urgency in the regular season’s final act, the Miami Heat should walk out of Milwaukee with a, 112-103, victory over the Bucks.