The Milwaukee Bucks face a quick turnaround on a brutal back-to-back, as they’ll look to beat the Miami Heat for a fifth consecutive victory on Saturday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks are on a roll, and with a kind run of games coming up, they have a real chance to make a mark over the NBA’s festive season.
First up on that slate is the Miami Heat, an opponent that wouldn’t usually be included in any consideration of favorable games, but one that unavoidably falls into that bracket this year with a record of 14-16.
Having said that, of late there’s been a sense of the Heat improving. They’ll also come into Friday’s contest riding a win streak, with three consecutive victories coming against quality Western Conference opponents in the form of the Grizzlies, Pelicans and Rockets.
An even more significant streak in the context of this matchup is Miami’s five-game winning run against the Bucks, something which Milwaukee will be eager to put an end to in their first game against the Heat since the arrival of Mike Budenholzer and the overhaul of their schemes.
With all of that considered, let’s take a closer look at some of the key storylines heading into the first meeting of the season between the Bucks and Heat.