Milwaukee Bucks @ Miami Heat – Wednesday November 21, 2012 7:30PM EST
The betting sites have learned to not get carried away with the early standings in the NBA, but it is kind of hard to ignore what the Milwaukee Bucks have done the first couple weeks of the season. In a division that includes the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers, the Bucks are holding on to a slim lead. Milwaukee ended last week with a 5-2 record overall and a 2-0 record in the division. Another stat that is pretty impressive is the fact that the Bucks is also 5-1 in the Eastern Conference. For now, the Milwaukee Bucs is an interesting team to watch.
The Miami Heat has been an interesting team to watch for a couple of years now, and the sports betting experts expect the Heat to be light years ahead of the rest of its weak division. The Heat is going to have to look outside its division to find real competition, but few people expected the Bucks to provide that high level of competition. The Heat never take any opponent lightly, and that is a good habit to be in when a hot team like Milwaukee comes to visit.
The best online betting sites almost feel sorry for the Bucks because most fans and bettors are just sitting back and waiting for the Bulls to take over the Central Division. When the Bulls get into first place, most people will dismiss the Bucks for the remainder of the season. But Milwaukee has so good, young talent and a few veterans that can keep this team competitive all season long. But even the Bucks is going to have to admit that, at this point, competing against the Miami Heat may not quite be in the cards.
The legal online sports betting experts are picking the Heat to successfully defend its title this season, despite some strong competition from the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls. An early season game against an upstart team like the Bucks is a good way for Miami to keep its focus and hone some of the skills it will need later in the season. Miami knows that Milwaukee is more than capable of playing strong in this game and that is why the Heat will pull out all of the stops to bring this win home.
The Bottom Line
The Miami Heat has established itself as a premier NBA franchise, while the Milwaukee Bucks is still trying to get itself on the NBA map. It is early in the season, but Milwaukee needs to gain as much confidence as it can to help its continuing development. The Miami Heat are not going to need to fend off a lot of competition from within its own division, but there is plenty of inspiration for Miami to try and stay atop the Eastern Conference.
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Pick: Miami Heat