Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat Pick & Prediction JANUARY 14th 2023

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After falling in a close game without their superstar on Thursday night, the Milwaukee Bucks remain in Miami to take on the Heat for the second consecutive game Saturday afternoon.

Despite trailing by 15 early, the Heat were able to pull away for a 108-102 win over the Bucks on Thursday night as Gabe Vincent led the way with a career-high 28 points. Bam Adebayo had 24 points and 12 rebounds while Jimmy Butler had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play on the second night of a back-to-back after Milwaukee earned a 114-105 victory at Atlanta on Wednesday.

"We're developing some grit, some mental toughness and stability," Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We're down 15, earlier in the season we would've been playing catch up the whole game. Tonight, we were stable, worked the game and settled in."

Jrue Holiday led the way for Milwaukee with 24 points and 11 assists. Jevon Carter stepped up off the bench with 18 points and Jordan Nwora had a solid showing, scoring 16 points.

"We came out with really good effort at the start, defensively we got stops," Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We came out to start the fourth quarter with a turnover, just had a poor start to the quarter. We gotta be better going into the game on Saturday."

Antetokounmpo is scoring 31.0 points per game, tied for third best in the NBA heading into league play Friday, while also ranking third in the league in rebounds a game with 11.9. Holiday leads the team with 7.2 assists and Brook Lopez is second in the league in blocks with 2.5.

Adebayo has stepped up for the Heat with 21.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game. Butler scores a team-leading 21.9 points per game, while Kyle Lowry leads the team with 5.6 assists and 1.1 steals.

A number of players on both teams were mere observers Thursday as the Heat was without Lowry (knee), Duncan Robinson (finger) and Tyler Herro (Achilles). Caleb Martin was also unable to go on Thursday with a quad injury in addition to Nikola Jovic (back) and Omer Yurtseven (ankle).

In addition to Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee also was without Grayson Allen and Joe Ingles while playing a second game in two nights. Those absences were in addition to Khris Middleton who remains out with a knee injury. The Bucks' Serge Ibaka is out for personal reasons and did not travel with the team for this four-game road trip.

Middleton was assigned to the G-league, signaling his return could be close. Middleton has played just seven games this season for the Bucks.

Saturday will be the second of four games between the teams this season. It's been a back-and-forth series the last few years as the teams split the four-game set last season after the Bucks swept the Heat in the first round of the playoffs in the 2020-21 season.

--Field Level Media

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat Recap JAN 14TH 2023

Gabe Vincent scored 27 points as the Miami Heat posted a 111-95 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday afternoon.

Bam Adebayo led the charge down low, finishing with his 21st double-double of the season by collecting 20 points and 13 rebounds. Victor Oladipo scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 16.

Both teams were shorthanded once again, as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson were all unable to play. Grayson Allen was able to return for Milwaukee after missing Thursday's game between the two teams.

Milwaukee boasted six players scoring in double figures, including all five starters. Bobby Portis led the team with 15 points while Jrue Holiday had 12 points and 10 assists.

Vincent did most of his damage in the first half, going 8-for-10 from the field -- including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. He finished with 21 points before the halftime break.

Vincent scored a career-high 28 points in Miami's win over Milwaukee on Thursday night. On Saturday, he became the first undrafted player to have at least 25 points and five steals in a game since Jeremy Lin in 2016.

The Heat led by as many as 15 points in the first two and a half quarters, but the Bucks were able to bring their deficit within one in the third. Miami was able to pull ahead halfway through the final period, going on an 13-0 run and taking a commanding 97-79 lead with under seven minutes to play.

Milwaukee's offensive approach without its superstar has been to launch 3-pointers. After attempting a season-high 57 shots from beyond the arc on Thursday, the Bucks went 19-for-48 from 3-point range Saturday.

Miami now leads the four-game season series against Milwaukee 2-0. The teams will face off twice in the month of February, with Bucks hosting both matchups.

--Field Level Media