Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo is expected to be among the players who will lead the Heat to another win over the Bucks on Jan. 14. Elsa/Getty Images


  • The Miami Heat is favored to repeat win over the Milwaukee Bucks when they clash Saturday
  • The Heat holds a 1-0 edge over the Bucks in their regular season series
  • The Bucks and the Heat are both dealing with personnel problems, with key stars out for various reasons

The Miami Heat is on a two-game roll, and with its next game set at home, a third-straight victory may be looming as the team prepares to host the Milwaukee Bucks at Florida's FTX Arena Saturday.

The South Beach squad beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 112-111, Tuesday, and the Bucks, 108-102, Thursday.

The Bucks hope to even the score with the Heat following Thursday's loss. But with Giannis Antetokounmpo listed as questionable for Saturday's game, achieving that may not be easy.

Antetokounmpo missed their previous meeting due to a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player will be suiting up against the Heat Saturday.

Other players who did not play Thursday included Grayson Allen, Khris Middleton, Serge Ibaka and Joe Ingles.

Miami has been dealing with roster problems as well, with players like Kyle Lowry listed as out. Tyler Herro, Caleb Martin and Udonis Haslem have been listed as day-to-day.

The Heat has been turning to other players on the roster. One of them is Gabe Vincent, who scored a career-best 28 points against the Bucks.

"We're developing some grit and mental toughness and stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said earlier this week, according to ESPN.

Vincent added six assists in his 41-minute performance for the Heat against the Bucks. Bam Adebayo also added 24 points and 12 rebounds for Miami.

Jrue Holiday led the way for the Bucks with 24 points and 11 assists. Jevon Carter came off the bench to contribute 18 points, four rebounds and three assists.

The Heat is averaging 108.8 points per game and holds an offensive rating of 110.8, making them 23rd in the league. They are limiting the opposition to 108.8 points per game and are seventh in the league in defense with a rating of 111.1.

The Bucks are averaging 112.2 points per game. They have an offensive rating of 110.7, which is 25th in the league. Milwaukee is also giving up 110.9 points per game and owns a defensive rating of 109.4, which is third in the league.

The Heat is a -1.5 spread favorite to win over the Bucks, who are at +4.5, according to USA Today. The moneyline is -115 for Miami and -105 for Milwaukee.

The Heat will host the Bucks at the FTX Arena Saturday, with tip-off set for 1 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast via ABC, and live streaming will be available via FuboTV.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo drives to the basket past Boston's Robert Williams in the Bucks' 101-89 NBA playoff series-opening win over the Celtics
The Bucks will be in for a rough night against the Heat if Antetokounmpo is not yet cleared to play. GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA via AFP / Adam Glanzman