Bucks vs Heat: Game 1 Best Bets, Prediction & Player Prop

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Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat clawed their way through the Play-In Tournament, defeating the Chicago Bulls on Friday night to secure the 8th seed and a date with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the top seed Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Game 1 tips off today as a part of a big day in the opening days of the NBA playoffs on ABC and TNT and we have got you covered for all the action today!

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The playoffs are here and below, you will find everything you need to watch and bet on Game 1 of this intriguing Eastern conference matchup on TNT tonight!

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  • Important Game 1 Information
  • Game 1 Prediction
  • Player Prop of the Game

Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 1

  • Game Date and Time: Sunday, April 16th, 2023. 5:30 PM EST
  • Game Location: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
  • Where to Watch: TNT/NBA TV


  • Heat +9.5 (-110)
  • Bucks -9.5 (-110)


  • Heat (+360)
  • Bucks (-480)


  • Over 218.5 (-110)
  • Under 218.5 (-110)

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It is going to be a very interesting series between the top seed Bucks and the 8 seed Heat, as the first couple games will decide if this series even sniffs more than 4 or 5 games.

There is a rich recent playoff history between these two teams, with the Heat demolishing the Bucks in 5 games in 2020 and the Bucks sweeping the Heat in 2021.

Will it be another humiliation this go round?

Milwaukee was fantastic all season, lead by the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks were 58-24 and were especially exceptional at home, going 32-9 in Fiserv Forum Arena.

Tonight, the Bucks and Giannis get a chance to start their quest towards another NBA title at home against the Heat, fresh off of a gutsy win at home to clinch their playoff spot.

Jimmy Butler was sensational on Friday night against the Bulls, dropping 31 points and carrying the Heat into the playoffs.

Butler is going to have to be Superman again today and in this entire series for the Heat to make sure they don’t repeat their fate of 2021.

Tonight, while I have no doubt Giannis and the Bucks get the job done to go up 1-0 in this series, I like the Heat to stay around and keep this game within striking distance.

Yesterday, we saw the Celtics and 76ers handle their business in Game 1 with 10+ point wins but I don’t think we see that today.

Give me the Heat to cover, and Jimmy to be awesome once again.

Best Bet

Miami Heat +9.5 (-108)

50% up to $1,000

Player Prop of the Game

Bobby Portis o10.5 Points (-122) BetOnline

Bobby Portis loves playing the Heat, hitting 11+ points in 5 straight versus Miami.

I love this prop. Portis has 11+ points in 9 straight games versus the Heat, every game versus Miami as a Buck in his career.

He also has been great recently, scoring 11+ in 9 of his last 10 games. I love the Big man to play a solid role in this Bucks offense once again and possibly even have a big game.

He has eclipsed 15 points in 5 of his last 7 games and 5 of his last 6 games versus the Heat.

For the value, his ladder is a great bet as well.

Bonus: Portis 15+ Points (+290)

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Daniel Collins
Daniel Collins

Daniel Collins is a sports fanatic and data-driven bettor. He has expertise in the NFL, NBA, and NHL. He’s a big fan of the Titans #titanup, Predators #predators and Arsenal #coyg. If he isn’t watching, betting on or writing about sports, he loves the outdoors, traveling, strong coffee and delicious food. You can follow him on X @SweatpantJesus. Peace and Love

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