At 8:00 ET, the Milwaukee Bucks (-222) will host the Cleveland Cavaliers (+181) in a Central Division showdown. The Bucks are currently favored by 5.5 points over the Cavs, and the over/under line is set at 237.5 points.

This game will be played at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, and it can be seen on BSW. The Bucks are 31-13 this season and riding a three-game win streak, while the Cavs are 26-16 and currently sit fifth in the Eastern Conference.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS VS MILWAUKEE BUCKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +5.5

This game will be played at Fiserv Forum at 8:00 ET on Friday, January 26th.

WHY BET THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 120-116 in favor of the Bucks.
  • Our projections have Giannis Antetokounmpo finishing with Giannis Antetokounmpo points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Bucks finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.0% and knocking down 16 threes.

Can the Cavaliers Pull Off a Road Win?

Cleveland is looking to bounce back after losing to the Bucks in their most recent game by a score of 126-116. The Cavaliers were 7-point underdogs in that game. In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are currently in 5th place and have a record of 26-16.

On the season, the Cavaliers are 22-18 ATS, including a road ATS record of 10-7. As underdogs, their ATS record is 7-8, and they have failed to cover the spread in their last three games as the underdog.

The O/U record for Cleveland this season is 20-21-1, and the over has hit in their last two games. Today’s O/U line of 237.5 is higher than the average line of 225.1 in their games this season.

So far this season, Cleveland has gone 6-10 as the underdog. As the underdog, their scoring margin is -3.9 points per game. On the road, their ATS record is 10-7, and they are 11-8 straight-up.

Looking at their season-long stats, the average combined scoring total in Cavaliers games is 224.1 points per game. This is lower than the O/U line of 237.5 for today’s game.

The Cavaliers are 19th in the league in points per game at 114 PPG. On the road, they are 18th in scoring at 113.2 PPG. In terms of pace, Cleveland is 22nd in the NBA.

When it comes to shooting, the Cavaliers are 11th in field goal percentage at 47%. However, they are just 20th in three-point shooting at 35%.

So far this season, Cleveland has outscored the NBA scoring average in 42.9% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 12th in the league at 26.8 per contest.

Currently, the Cavaliers’ defense holds the 3rd rank in the NBA, allowing 110.1 points per game. The Cleveland defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.1% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 45.9% of their field goal attempts vs. Cleveland.

Does Milwaukee Stand a Chance at Home?

In today’s game against the Cavaliers, the Bucks are favored by 5.5 points. This season, Milwaukee has been favored in 42 of their 44 games, and they have won six straight games as the favorite.

Milwaukee’s ATS record this season is 17-27, and they have covered the spread in four straight home games. The team’s straight-up record at home is 20-4.

This season, the Bucks have an O/U record of 27-17, and their games have averaged a combined 245 points. In their games this season, the average over/under line is 239.5.

The Bucks are currently 2nd in the Eastern Conference with a record of 31-13. In their most recent game, they defeated the Cavaliers by a score of 126-116. Milwaukee covered the spread in that game, as they were favored by 7 points.

Overall, the Bucks have won three straight games and are 9-6 against other teams in the Central Division. Against the Eastern Conference, they are 24-11 compared to 7-2 against non-conference opponents.

The Bucks are one of the top-scoring teams in the NBA, averaging 124.6 points per game (2nd). At home, they have been even better, averaging 126.0 points per game (2nd).

When it comes to pace, Milwaukee is 3rd in the league at 102.1 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, the Bucks are shooting 49% for the season (3rd).

One of the reasons for Milwaukee’s success on offense has been their ability to get to the free-throw line. They are 2nd in the NBA in free throws made per game (20.9) and free throws attempted per game (26.7).

At this time, the Bucks’ defense is positioned 25th in the NBA, permitting 120.4 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Bucks defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.9% while allowing 34.4% from downtown.