At 7:30 ET, the 4th place Cleveland Cavaliers (23-15) will host the 2nd place Milwaukee Bucks (28-12) in a Central Division matchup. The Bucks are currently on a 3 game win streak and are favored by 4 points (-177 moneyline) over the Cavs, who have won 5 straight.
This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland and can be seen on ESPN. The over/under line is set at 237.5.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -4
This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 7:30 ET on Wednesday, January 17th.
WHY BET THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 118-112 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 49.5% and knocking down 16 threes.
Can the Bucks Offense Score Enough in Cleveland?
The Bucks have won three straight games as the favorite and are favored by 4 points today against the Cavs. This season, Milwaukee has been favored in all but one of their games.
Milwaukee’s O/U record for the season is 25-15, and the over has hit in their last two games. This year, their games have averaged 244.9 points per game compared to today’s O/U line of 237.5.
In their last game against the Kings, the Bucks won by a score of 143-142. The O/U line for that game was 245.5 points.
The Bucks are currently 2nd in the Eastern Conference with a record of 28-12. In non-conference games, they are 7-2 compared to 21-10 against the East. In the Central Division, they are in 1st place.
On the road, the Bucks are 9-8 this season and have an ATS record of 8-9 on the road. On average, they are outscoring their opponents by 3.2 points per game on the road.
In their last three games, the Bucks have failed to cover the spread and have an overall ATS record of 16-24. On average, they have gone 15-24 ATS as the favorite.
The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the most high-powered offenses in the NBA this season, averaging 125 points per game, which is 2nd in the league. They are also one of the top-scoring teams on the road, averaging 123.5 points per game.
When it comes to pace, the Bucks are 4th in the NBA, averaging 102 possessions per game. In terms of shooting, Milwaukee is one of the most efficient teams in the league, ranking 3rd in field goal percentage.
So far this season, the Bucks have been able to outscore the NBA scoring average in 80% of their games. They have also been excellent at getting to the free-throw line, ranking 2nd in free throw attempts per game.
Currently, the Bucks’ defense holds the 24th rank in the NBA, allowing 119.9 points per game. The Milwaukee defense has allowed opponents to shoot 33.7% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.2% of their field goal attempts vs. Milwaukee.
Will the Cavaliers Pull Through as the Home Underdog?
The Cavaliers have won five straight games at home and are 14-8 overall at home this season. Their average scoring margin at home is +3.3 points per game.
As the underdog, Cleveland has gone 6-9 straight-up and 7-7 against the spread. They have been the underdog in 15 of their 38 games this season.
Cleveland’s O/U record for the season is 18-19-1, and their last two games have gone under the betting line. On average, their games have finished with 223.8 points per game.
In their last game, the Cavaliers beat the Bulls by a score of 109-91. The O/U line for that game was 223 points, and Cleveland covered the spread as 4-point favorites.
The Cavaliers are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 23-15. In the Central Division, they are in 2nd place.
At home, the Cavaliers are averaging 113.9 points per game, which is 21st in the NBA. Overall, they are 21st in scoring at 113.1 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, Cleveland is shooting 47% from the field, which is 15th in the league.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Cavaliers are 14th in made threes per game at 13. However, they are just 25th in three-point shooting percentage at 35%. In terms of pace, Cleveland is 22nd in the league at 98.1 possessions per game.
So far this season, the Cavaliers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 36.8% of their games. In terms of assists, Cleveland is 13th in the league at 26.4 per game. In terms of free throws, the Cavaliers are 26th in both attempts and makes.
At this time, the Cavaliers’ defense is positioned 3rd in the NBA, permitting 110.7 points per game. In the terms of takeaways, Cavaliers are causing 13.3 turnovers per game, ranking 20th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 24th in rejections, averaging 4.5 blocked shots each game.