Wednesday night will mark the third meeting between the Heat and the defending champs with both teams splitting their first two meetings of the early 2023-22 season.
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That said, both teams come into this contest with very contrasting backgrounds. The Bucks, who started slowly with a 6-8 record in their first 14 games due to injuries and absences of several key players, have been on an upward trend after winning 12 of their last 13.
A clear indication that injury or health is the big problem behind the slow start is the number of games his big 3 of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have played together. They’ve lined up next to each other in just 11 of the 25 games so far, but when they do, the team boasts an undefeated record so far this season.
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Despite the news of Brook Lopez back surgery, the additions of Cousins DeMarcus and Wesley matthews it should provide them with enough bodies around their stars as they look ahead to a heavy schedule on the highway. This Heat game is the first of a four-game road trip and is part of a stretch in which the Bucks play eight of 12 outside of the Fiserv Forum.
On the other hand, the Miami Heat are on a spiral since their strong 11-5 start to the season. Since then they have lost six of the next nine and, once again, injuries have weighed on this slide.
After sustaining the injury against the Nuggets on November 29, Bam Adebayo was forced to undergo thumb surgery and is reportedly now out for a period between four to six weeks.
INJURY UPDATE: Bam Adebayo suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb during Monday’s game against Denver and will undergo surgery this weekend.
A schedule will be provided upon your return after surgery.
– Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 1, 2023
The other All-Star on the team, Jimmy Butler, has four of the team’s last five games due to a tailbone injury, one he appears to have. re-aggravated in the game of December 6 against the Grizzlies.
Without possibly its two best players, can the Heat put up a fight or will the Bucks race to another victory and continue their rise?
What channel is Bucks vs. Heat?
- Television channel: ESPN
- Live broadcast: fuboTV
What time does Bucks vs. Heat?
- Date: Wednesday December 8
- Weather: 7:30 pm ET | 4:30 pm Pacific Time
Bucks vs. Heat is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 8. The game will be played at the FTX Arena in Miami.
2021-22 Bucks Schedule
|December 8||in Heat||7:30 pm||ESPN|
|December 10||in rockets||8:00 pm||–|
|December 11||in the Knicks||12:00 pm||–|
|December 13th||in the celtics||7:30 pm||–|
|December 15||vs. Pacers||8:00 pm||–|
(All the eastern time)
2021-22 heat calendar
|December 8||against dollars||7:30 pm||ESPN|
|December 11||against bulls||8:00 pm||–|
|December 13th||in the Cavaliers||7:00 pm||–|
|December 15||to the 76ers||7:00 pm||–|
|December 17||in magic||7:00 pm||–|
(All the eastern time)
NBA schedule for 2023-22
After a truncated season in 2020-21, the NBA has returned to its standard 82-game format for the 2023-22 campaign, which is the league’s 75th anniversary season.
Here are some key dates for the 2023-22 NBA season:
- Changes deadline: Feb. 10
- NBA All-Star 2023: February 18-20
- Regular season ends: April 10th
- Entrance tournament: April 12-15
- The playoffs begin: April 16th
- The NBA Finals begin: June 2nd
- NBA draft 2023: June 23