The Heat are contenders. They have proven able to beat any team in the East.
The Heat have two all-stars in Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Both of whom are great defenders.
Jimmy Butler is known for going 110 percent. He wants to win and is leading a team to contention for the first time in his career. Butler is averaging 20 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and nearly 2 steals per game.
This year Adebayo emerged as an all-star and is the leading candidate for most improved player of the year. Adebayo is averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal, and a block per game. Although Adebayo is undersized for a center, only standing at 6' 9'', he can match up against any center and is very tough.
The Heat are one of the deepest teams in the league and are running a very effective 9 man rotation.
Their starting point guard is rookie of the year finalist Kendrick Nunn. Nunn has averaged 15 points and 3 assists and is a key part of the Heats depth at the guard position.
On the bench, the Heat have former all-star Goran Dragic who plays the role of sixth man. This season Dragic has averaged a quiet 16 points and 5 assists per game.
The Heat's main rising stars have been Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson. Robinson is one of the best shooters in the game and averages 14 points per game on 44 percent from three, which ranks 4th among all players.
For a rookie, Herro has been shooting among the best. He is shooting 39 percent from three, which is way above the league average. Herro has often taken the role of the main scorer when Jimmy Butler is out.
The Heat also have Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. Both players have stepped up in the bubble and have averaged close to 10 points per game during that time.
I think the Heat will have no problem getting past the first round. If they go up against the 76ers without Simmons and possibly without Embiid, Harris, and Horford, they will steamroll over them. The 76ers have been a trainwreck for a while and cannot beat a good Heat team that has been on fire and that has its chemistry rolling.
If the Heat verse the Pacers I also think they will win. TJ Warren is the GOAT but the Pacers don't have Sabonis and Oladipo isn't looking like his old self. The Pacers are underrated but don't have the talent level to beat the Heat.
I think when the Heat verse the Bucks they can take them down. The Heat match up very good against the Bucks and besides the Raptors are the only team that can take them down.
Miami is a very tough team and are very well-coached. Erik Spoelstra has been to the finals multiple times and has two NBA championships.
In the bubble, the Heat played the Bucks and lost to a 4th quarter comeback. However, Miami was without their best player Jimmy Butler.
Because of the Heats ball movement, they can shoot threes at will and when almost everyone on the team can shoot the three-ball it is hard to defend.
Obviously, the Bucks biggest threat is Giannis. But, the Heat guarded him very well in their recent matchup. When Giannis is in the paint the Heat swarm him and force him to make a bad pass or steal it. This was apparent as Giannis had the game leading 6 turnovers.
If there is one team that can beat the Bucks it's the Heat. I like the Heats odds and I think they can go far in the playoffs.
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