Two Eastern Conference foes square off on Saturday as the Miami Heat travel to Milwaukee to take on defending NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.
The game starts at 5 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBA TV (nationally), Fox Sports Sun (locally in Heat market) and Fox Sports Wisconsin (locally in Bucks market). If you don’t have cable, you can watch the game live on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, PS4 or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
NBA TV, Fox Sports Sun (local markets) and Fox Sports Wisconsin (local markets) are all among the 95-plus channels included in FuboTV’s main bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports.
You can start a free seven-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch the Heat vs Bucks live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes included with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
Fox Sports Sun (local) and Fox Sports Wisconsin (local) are part of the 60-plus live TV channels included with Hulu With Live TV, which also comes with Hulu’s huge on-demand streaming TV and movie library. NBA TV isn’t included with Hulu, so this is only an option for those in the Heat and Bucks markets.
You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Heat vs Bucks on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
NBA TV is included in Sling TV’s Sports Extra add-on, which can be added to either the Sling Orange or Sling Blue main channel bundle. Fox Sports Sun and Fox Sports Wisconsin aren’t included, but the game will still be on NBA TV in the Heat and Bucks markets.
You can sign up for a free seven-day trial of Sling TV right here, and you can then watch the Heat vs Bucks live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage for an additional $5 per month.
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The Miami Heat were able to comeback and win their opener with a 27-point fourth-quarter outburst. Justise Winslow scored 27 points and rookie Kendrick Nunn added 24.
“Justise is a great competitor. And [when] it’s time to make winning basketball plays, he’s always been able to do that,” Erik Spoelstra said after the game. “And [Wednesday], he was a little bit more assertive looking at the basket…attacking, getting into the paint and making the right reads when he got in there. And then defensively…in the second half, he was really good, very instrumental on the weak side.”
Jimmy Butler, the team’s big free agent acquisition, did not play and is expected to miss the next two games following the birth of his child.
“Jimmy Butler is now a proud father to a baby daughter,” Spoelstra announced Friday. “We’re thrilled for him, and we’re really excited.”
The team will also be without veteran sharpshooter Dion Waiters, who was suspended for the opener but will still be staying behind on the road trip. The word is that he is upset with a reduced role on the team.
“There were a number of unacceptable incidents this week, culminating with his unprofessional conduct on the bench last night,” team president Pat Riley said in a statement. “As a consequence, I feel we had to suspend him.”
The Bucks were able to best the super-duo of Russell Westbrook and James Harden in their opener, utilizing a big fourth quarter of their own to seal the 117-111 win.
Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points while collecting 11 assists and 13 rebounds in just 28 minutes. He fouled out with five minutes left in the game, but his supporting cast did the rest.
“It feels amazing, I’m not going to lie,” Antetokounmpo said of the win, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “Being down 17 and able to come back and nobody was complaining, everybody was focused on the game. At no moment of the game we felt like we gave up. We played even harder, defended harder, executed harder and it’s game No. 1. This can only make you better.”
The Bucks, who have huge expectations to compete in the Eastern Conference, weren’t ready just to lie down with their MVP exited.
“These guys in this locker room, we’re fighters, we’re competitors,” Wesley Matthews said. “If Giannis fouls out we can’t just come into the locker room.”
Miami has won six of the last 10 against the Bucks, although Milwaukee has swept the last three. The Bucks are a whopping 10-point favorite for the game, with an expected total of 226.5.
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