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Bucks Take Their Talents to South Beach: Bucks vs. Heat Preview

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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Zaza Pachulia and Udonis Haslem will meet up again in the battle for the paint Wednesday night

The Bucks have won not one, not two, not three, (you see where I’m going with this…) not six, but seven games since the new year began. The Miami Heat on the other hand have won a slighty higher 27 games since the calendar turned. Many of those wins for the Heat have come without one or more of their “Big Three” suiting up as the team has seemed to adopt the Spurs’ strategy of resting their stars. Regardless of who Miami puts on the court, the success that they’ve grown accustomed to has continued to follow. Just look a the line up the Heat blew out the Bucks with just last week.

The positions of the five starters were essentially non-existent and it didn’t matter as the Bucks only managed to score 67 pointns (a season low for Miami opponents). It’s hard to think the Bucks can struggle anymore offensively than they did on March 29th, but the reinsertion of point guard Mario Chalmers into the line up won’t do them any favors.

Probable Starting Line Ups

Heat

C – Udonis Haslem

PF- Chris Bosh

SF – LeBron James

SG – Toney Douglas

PG – Mario Chalmers

Bucks

C – Zaza Pachulia

PF- Jeff Adrien

SF – Khris Middleton

SG – Ramon Sessions

PG – Brandon Knight

The Ping-Pong Picture

The Milwaukee Bucks (14-60) will struggle to win some (or perhaps even one) of their remaining games as they’ll face some stiff competition to close out the season. After Wednesday night’s duel against the first place in the East Miami Heat, the Bucks’ schedule looks like this: Chicago, Toronto, Indiana, Cleveland, Washington, Toronto, Atlanta. Five of the six teams in that list are currently in the playoff picture and the only team that isn’t, the Cavaliers, have been playing much improved ball since their early season struggles. The Philadelphia 76ers (16-58) play Charlotte Wednesday night and then finish out the year with a couple winnable games in a stretch that includes Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto, Memphis, Charlotte, Boston, and Miami. The Bucks’ magic number (regarding the top chances at the number one draft pick) is currently at six with eight games to go.

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