Advantages Miami Heat Have over the Milwaukee Bucks

Sam Richmond@srichmond93Correspondent IApril 22, 2013

Advantages Miami Heat Have over the Milwaukee Bucks

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    The Miami Heat have plenty of advantages over the Milwaukee Bucks as the two teams face off in the most lopsided series of the 2013 NBA playoffs.

    The Heat are without question the more efficient offensive and defensive team. Milwaukee's only big advantage over the Heat is that it can rebound the ball well and Miami can't.

    Most everything else swings in Miami's favor. 

    After the Heat dismantled the Bucks 110-87 in Game 1, that should be obvious, if it wasn't already.

    Let's take a look at those specific advantages, which seem to indicate that this series is headed for just four games.

Finishing at the Rim

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    The difference between the Heat's ability to convert around the basket and the Bucks' is enormous.

    Miami has two players in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade who make more than 74 percent of their shots at the rim, according to Hoopdata. As a team, the Heat shoot 71.5 percent at the rim, which is tops in the league.

    Milwaukee has a fantastic interior defender in Larry Sanders. However, Miami is too good converting at the rim to be stopped. In Game 1, LeBron made eight of the nine shots he took from close range.

    On the other side, the Bucks converted just 60.4 percent of their attempts from up close, which ranked second to last in the league. Only the lowly Charlotte Bobcats are worse at the basket.

    Unfortunately for the Bucks, Miami will be able to stop them at the rim but not vice versa. 

Best Players in the Series

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    This isn't breaking news, but the Heat clearly have the three best players in the series.

    LeBron, Wade and Chris Bosh are all leaps and bounds better than any player on the Bucks.

    It's often said that the team that possesses the best player in the series usually wins it. With this series possessing a scenario even more extreme than that, the Bucks are obviously in significant trouble. 

    Sorry, Milwaukee: It's going to take a lot more than the likes of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis to get rid of the Heat. 

    Miami has the ability to severely hinder Jennings and Ellis' ability to score, while it's going to be extremely difficult for the Bucks to do the same to the Heat's top players. 

Three-Point Shooting Ability

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    Miami is absolutely lethal from beyond the arc.

    The Heat have such excellent ball movement that they are able to create open three-point opportunities, and Miami absolutely has the shooters to knock them down.

    The Heat shot an absurd 39.6 percent from beyond the arc during the regular season, finishing with the league's second-best percentage.

    Miami had five players who shot above 40 percent from the three-point line for the season, and Rashard Lewis (38.9 percent) wasn't that far off from reaching that mark as well.

    It's not as if Milwaukee is a poor long-range shooting team, as it shot 36.0 percent on the year (14th in the league). However, Miami is so dominant from deep that the Bucks fall well short of the Heat in this aspect of the game.

Ball Movement

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    To be fair to the Bucks, nobody in the league moves the ball as well as Miami.

    The Heat's ball movement is impeccable. Miami takes complete advantage of all the offensive weapons it has and whips the ball among them to search for not a good shot, but rather the best shot possible on each possession. 

    Miami finished the 2012-13 regular season with the best field-goal percentage in the league.

    As we've mentioned, the Heat have great shooters and guys who can finish at the rim. Still, a great deal of credit for their offensive success has to go to their flawless passing, which creates prime scoring opportunities.

    The Bucks offense doesn't even compare to Miami's. The Heat will have little trouble stopping it. But as it is for almost every team, the Heat offense will be nearly unstoppable for the Bucks, considering how unselfish Miami plays. 

Substantial Home-Court Advantage

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    As we saw in Game 1, Milwaukee is going to have a real tough time winning in Miami.

    The Heat are dominant at the Triple A, winning 37 of their 41 home games this season. But on top of that, the Bucks aren't a very good road team, as they won just 17 road games in the 2012-13 season.

    Also, the Heat are an excellent road team. Miami won 29 road games, which is three games better than any other team in the league. On the other hand, Milwaukee's 21 road victories are three games worse than any other playoff team.

    Clearly, Miami is a great home and road team, while the Bucks are neither. That doesn't bode well for the possibility of this series being anything other than a quick one.