Miami Heat: Ranking the 5 biggest playoff threats to the Heat

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1. Milwaukee Bucks

It’s no surprise that the Milwaukee Bucks are atop this list. They are the complete team in the Eastern Conference and are the defending NBA Champions. They’re not going to go down easy and will give the Heat all they could handle.

A battle between these two teams, assuming both are healthy, will likely go six or seven games. Ultimately, this series will likely come down to which star players step up the most in crunch time. And considering the Heat players have struggled in those situations, it’ll be hard to bet against Giannis Antetokoummpo.

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If the Heat doesn’t make it to the NBA Finals this season, it will likely be due to the excellent play of the Bucks. Hopefully, this is a series we get in the conference finals.