Heat vs. Bucks NBA playoff preview
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
No. 1 Miami Heat (66-16) vs. No. 8 Milwaukee Bucks (38-44)
Season series: Heat won 3-1.
Points per game (per 100 possessions): Heat 102.9, Bucks 98.9 (Heat 110.3, Bucks 100.9).
Points allowed per game (per 100 possessions): Heat 95.0, Bucks 100.4 (Heat 100.5, Bucks 102.3).
Matchups worth watching: Bucks center Larry Sanders vs. Heat center Chris Bosh, Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings vs. Heat point guard Mario Chalmers.
Scoring leaders: Heat forward LeBron James (26.8 PPG), Bucks guard Monta Ellis (19.2 PPG).
Why Miami will win: The Heat are the best team in the NBA and clearly the best team in this series. James and Dwyane Wade are much better than their Bucks counterparts and shouldn’t have issues dominating. And Milwaukee has struggled in April.
Why Milwaukee will win: The Bucks gave the Heat fits in their first two meetings of the season, then were easily dispatched the next two. Milwaukee is the most up-tempo team in the East and will try to force Miami to make mistakes. But the Heat probably won’t.
Did you know? At 32 years old, Mike Dunleavy Jr. is the oldest player on the Bucks’ expected playoff roster. The Heat could have seven older players on their roster, including 40-year-old Juwan Howard.
Prediction: Heat in 4.