An exciting divisional rivalry game awaits us in the NBA on Saturday, January 21, and here you can take a look at the best Bucks vs. Cavaliers betting pick and odds.
Milwaukee is looking for the third win in a row when they visit Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Cavaliers are N/A favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at N/A points. These divisional rivals already faced on three occasions this season, and the Bucks lead the series 2-1.
Bucks reached a 130-point mark again
The Milwaukee Bucks (29-16, 24-19-2 ATS) returned home from a four-game road trip on which they suffered a couple of straight losses but managed to respond with a pair of wins. After scoring 132 in a victory against the Indiana Pacers, the Bucks added 130 in a 130-122 win over the Toronto Raptors. It’s important to say that both wins came without injured Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Milwaukee shot 53.5% from the floor against Toronto and made 19 triples opposite the Raptors’ 13.
Jrue Holiday was impressive as he led the Bucks with 37 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and two steals. Grayson Allen had 25 points and five boards, Brook Lopez scored 19 with two blocks, Joe Ingles chipped in 15 points, game-high eight dishes, and six rebounds, while Bobby Portis recorded a double-double of 12 points and team-high 12 boards.
PF/C Serge Ibaka (personal) is out indefinitely and will not play again until the Bucks find a new team for him in a possible trade in the upcoming weeks. PF Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) and SF Khris Middleton (knee) are questionable to face Cleveland on Saturday.
Cavaliers fell short of the Grizzlies on the road
The Cleveland Cavaliers (28-18, 23-20-3 ATS) are playing in a hot and cold form recently; they failed to connect two wins or more since early January when they opened a new year with three straight wins. The latest loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on the road was rather painful as the Cavs fell short 115-114. Darius Garland missed three shots in the final 40 seconds, two of which were blocked by Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks, while Steven Adams scored a game-winning tip shot with 16.1 seconds to go. Cleveland did shoot well from the field (51.2%) and was better from beyond the arc (16-11), but the Cavaliers committed 16 turnovers opposite Memphis’ eight.
Darius Garland led the team with a double-double of 24 points and a game-high 14 assists with five rebounds and two steals. Caris LeVert followed him with 23 points, six dimes, and four boards, Evan Mobley posted a double-double of 18 points and game-high 15 rebounds along with a pair of blocks, while Isaac Okoro and Jarrett Allen combined for 31 points, 11 boards, and four rejections.
SF Dylan Windler (ankle) and SG/SF Dean Wade (shoulder) are out indefinitely. G Donovan Mitchell (groin) is questionable to play on Saturday against the Bucks.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Pick
Cleveland is playing the second game of a back-to-back set, but the Cavs will stay home for both of those duels against Golden State on Friday and Milwaukee on Saturday. Also, the Warriors will rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green, so I suppose the Cavs will have an easy job and will not have to burn a lot of energy against weakened Warriors. That said, I expect the Cavaliers to be more than ready for the divisional foes on Saturday as they are looking to tie the season series at 2-2. Mitchell will likely miss Friday’s game but should be ready to take on Milwaukee. While Cleveland’s offense is not even in the top 20 when it comes to points (111.6 ppg), their defense is the best in the NBA as it allows 107.1 ppg. The Bucks are going to have a tough time on Saturday, especially if they play without Giannis.
Pick: Take the Cavaliers at N/A
Milwaukee did score 130+ points in each of the last two games, but the Bucks are not going to come even close to that in Cleveland. I mentioned the Cavs’ best D in the league, but I also must mention Milwaukee’s 6th best defense which surrenders 111.3 points per game. The Cavaliers didn’t allow more than 116 points in each of the previous eight games. They kept the Bucks to 106 points in the previous H2H in Cleveland and I expect the hosts to lock in the Bucks again on Saturday.
Pick: Go Under N/A points