NBA Playoffs 2013: Previewing the Rest of the Heat vs Bucks Series

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NBA Playoffs 2013: Previewing the Rest of the Heat vs Bucks Series
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So far Brandon Jennings' prediction does not appear to be coming true. The Milwaukee Bucks do not look like they will be able to take the defending NBA Champions out in six games, and unless something changes drastically in this series, Milwaukee will likely see their season come to an end on Sunday.

How can Milwaukee get back in this series? How can Miami close things out this weekend?

Here is a look at the rest of the Heat and Bucks first round matchup.

 

What You Need To Know

Game One: Miami 110 Milwaukee 87

Game Two: Miami 98 Milwaukee 86

Game Three: Miami at Milwaukee, 7:00 pm ET, TNT

Game Four: Miami at Milwaukee, 3:30 pm ET, ABC

Game Five: Milwaukee at Miami, April 30th TBD

Game Six: Miami at Milwaukee, May 2nd TBD

Game Seven: Milwaukee at Miami, May 4th TBD

 

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Biggest Key For The Bucks: Brandon Jennings

I like the confidence Jennings displayed going into this series against Miami. What was he supposed to do? Tell the reporter his team was going to lose the series.

It's time for Jennings to back the talk up though and lead his team if the Bucks want to keep this series alive past this weekend. Jennings had 26 points for Milwaukee in Game One, but he only managed eight points in the second game of the series.

It's going to take a complete team performance for the Bucks to even win a single game against the Heat, but certainly they will need Jennings to step up down the stretch and carry them on the offensive end for them to finish off a game with a victory.

 

Biggest Key For The Heat: Bench Play

If Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James all play well then it is almost impossible to beat the Heat. If the bench plays well along with those guys then it is impossible to beat the Heat.

It will be interesting to see if Milwaukee can win a game in this series, let alone win the whole series. The Bucks had a losing record during the regular season, and are just not even close to being on the same talent level as Miami.

If guys like Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Mike Miller and Chris Andersen do what they need to do coming off of the bench, then the Heat will have a nice long rest before they need to take the court again for the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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Key Matchup: Monta Ellis vs Dwyane Wade

This is really the only area on the floor where the Bucks can actually match up okay with the Heat. Wade is certainly better then Ellis is, but the gap between them certainly is not as great as the one between LeBron James and Ersan Ilyasova at the small forward position.

Ellis needs to try to get in the lane and get to the basket to score points rather than settling for outside jumpers. Wade is the best defensive guard in the NBA though so this will be an incredibly difficult task.

If Ellis is able to win the battle against Wade in one of the next games, then Milwaukee may have a chance at stealing a game, if Wade wins the battle, though, then the Bucks simply have no chance of winning. 

 

Prediction

We all know this is the most lopsided matchup in the entire first round of these NBA Playoffs. There is no conceivable way that the Heat will lose this series, let alone drop a game to Milwaukee. Look for Miami to continue winning like they have all season, and we can expect that this series will be over by about 6 pm ET on Sunday evening.

 

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