Best NBA prop bets today for Heat vs. Bucks (Jaime Jaquez Jr. should thrive)

Breaking down the best prop bets for the Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks matchup in the NBA on Tuesday.
Miami Heat guard Jaime Jaquez Jr.
Miami Heat guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

For the third time this season, the Milwaukee Bucks are taking on the Miami Heat, but this matchup will look a lot different for Miami with Jimmy Butler, Terry Rozier and Josh Richardson all expected to miss this game. 

Who is going to step up to replace that production for Miami? 

There is one player to target in the prop market to do just that, and I have a play for Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo as well. 

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Let’s dive into the best bets for Tuesday’s Eastern Conference showdown: 

Heat vs. Bucks best NBA prop bets

  • Jaime Jaquez Jr. OVER 13.5 points
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo UNDER 18.5 assists and rebounds

Jaime Jaquez Jr. OVER 13.5 points

If Butler is out, there is one player who seems to benefit the most in the Heat offense:

Rookie forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. 

The UCLA product is averaging 15.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 16 games without Butler, and he had cleared this total in four straight games before going down with an injury last month. 

Jaquez has played a smaller role since, but I expect him to step up on Tuesday night. He’s cleared this line in 12 of 16 games without Butler, including the team’s Nov. 28 matchup against the Bucks. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo UNDER 18.5 assists and rebounds

In two meetings with Miami this season,. Antetokounmpo is averaging 33.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, and I think he’s a player to fade in his rebounds and assists prop. 

Giannis did easily clear this line against Denver, but he’s gone UNDER 18.5 rebounds and assists in seven of his last nine games. 

On the season, he’s averaging 11.4 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game, falling just short of 18 rebounds and assists per game. Miami has made it tougher for him on the glass, and I wouldn’t be shocked if the Bucks win big in this game, which would limit Giannis’ minutes.

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