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Milwaukee vs. Cleveland, 12/14/2012 19:30
Point Spread: -2½/-105 Milwaukee
Friday's NBA Free Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -2.5
The Bucks are showing some great value as a small favorite against a very poor Cavaliers team. Cleveland has gained some respect from the oddsmakers with their 100-94 home win over the Lakers on Tuesday, but when you consider just how bad Los Angeles is playing that win doesn't really mean anything. Cleveland came back on Wednesday and lost to the Pacers by 15-points.
The return of Kryie Irving definitely makes the Cavaliers a more competitive team, but they are just 2-9 in the 11 games that he has played this year.
Cleveland really seemed to wear down in that second half against the Pacers, where they managed to score just 23 points over the final 24 minutes. While they will be playing on a full days rest, this will be their fifth game in the last eight days. Hard to see them playing with a lot of energy tonight, especially with a huge showdown against the Knicks on tap tomorrow at Madison Square Garden.
The Bucks enter this game on a three game winning streak, which included a 97-88 win at Brooklyn. They come in having won eight straight against the Cavaliers.
Milwaukee is a solid 31-16 ATS in their last 47 road games off a home win, while the Cavaliers are just 1-9 ATS in home games off a road loss by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons. BET THE BUCKS!