Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Preview
Miami at Milwaukee
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Miami Heat will try to start another winning streak against the last team they defeated when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. A dominating defensive effort led the Heat to a 97-79 win over the Bucks on Sunday at home, which ran their longest winning streak of the season to seven games.

However, Miami saw its run come to an end with an eight-point setback at Chicago the following night, and coach Erik Spoelstra was peeved with his team's perimeter defense. "They lit us up," Spoelstra said after the Bulls hit 16 3-pointers, the second-highest total for a Heat opponent this season. "They have been playing well for 20 games. It's not like they're sneaking up on us. They've been playing good basketball. They play hard. They compete." The Bucks shot a season-low 31.6 percent at Miami before bouncing back to defeat Washington 104-95 the next day on the road. MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 27 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to push his average in the latter category into double figures at 10.1.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Sun (Miami), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

ABOUT THE HEAT (25-18): A big part of Miami's current 14-5 surge is the play of Tyler Johnson, but the 25-year-old - who averaged 15.9 points in December - left Monday's loss with an ankle injury and is doubtful for this one. Fellow guard Goran Dragic is on a season-high run of four straight games with at least 20 points and backup Wayne Ellington hit that mark while making five 3-pointers in the loss to Chicago. Miami, which ended a four-game road winning streak in the loss, is in the midst of a stretch in which it will play 11 of 14 away from home.

ABOUT THE BUCKS (23-20): Antetokounmpo entered Tuesday ranked second in the NBA in scoring (28.3), ninth in rebounding and in the top 20 in both steals (1.54) and blocks (1.24). "He was all over the floor tonight," teammate Eric Bledsoe told reporters. "That's the things we need from him night in and night out." Bledsoe chipped in 23 points - his best output in seven games - and recorded four steals for the fourth time this month.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Bucks SF Khris Middleton is 2-for-17 from 3-point range over his last four games.

2. Heat C Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and a career-high eight assists against the Bulls.

3. Miami has won three straight meetings overall.

PREDICTION: Bucks 103, Heat 98
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Miami 25-18 L1 12-9 12-9 5-3 20-15 6-3 17-10
Milwaukee 23-20 W1 14-8 9-12 2-1 21-19 4-6 11-14
Last Meeting
Miami Milwaukee
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/14/18 MIL 79 MIA 97 97 49 46.1 79 40 31.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Miami G. Dragic 25 52.9 3
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 22 50.0 10
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Miami H. Whiteside 10 1 9
Milwaukee J. Henson 9 2 7
Assists Player  
Miami J. Johnson 8
Milwaukee E. Bledsoe 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Miami G. Dragic 699 43.9 116
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 1185 55.0 303
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Miami H. Whiteside 300 74 226
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 418 96 322
Assists Player  
Miami G. Dragic 200
Milwaukee K. Middleton 189
Quickchart Matchup
Miami Miami Off vs  Milwaukee Milwaukee Defense
Miami Off vs Milwaukee - Points For 101.1 Points For
Miami Off vs Milwaukee - Points Against 105.9 Points Against
Miami - FG% 45.6 FG%
Milwaukee - FG% 47.1 FG%
Miami - Reb 41.8 Reb
Milwaukee - Reb 41.6 Reb
Milwaukee Milwaukee Off vs  Miami Miami Defense
Milwaukee Off vs Miami - Points For 105.0 Points For
Milwaukee Off vs Miami - Points Against 101.8 Points Against
Milwaukee - FG% 48.1 FG%
Miami - FG% 45.4 FG%
Milwaukee - Reb 38.7 Reb
Miami - Reb 42.0 Reb