Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks: X-factors, key matchups, and a prediction

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Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Prediction

As much as I’d like to see a repeat of what we saw in the playoffs last season, I don’t believe the Heat is the same team. They’re a beaten down, regressed version of themselves and the Bucks are going to feast on them.

Milwaukee has a chip on its shoulder and remembers exactly where the missteps were taken the last time these two teams met in the playoffs. Giannis knows what’s at stake and the addition of Holiday will make a big difference when the game rolls into the mud.

Jimmy Butler will make this a series but I believe the stepbacks from Dragic, Herro, and Robinson will be too much for the Heat to overcome. Miami will be overwhelmed by Milwaukee’s offensive firepower and will make amends for last season.

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The Bucks will outlast the Heat in what will be one of the best series in the first round.

Prediction: Bucks in 6