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Bucks vs Cavaliers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers
- Where: Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds MIL -1.5, MIL -102 | CLE -120 O/U OFF
The Bucks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 29-16. So far, the team has gone 24-18-3 against the spread. Against the Cavaliers, the Bucks are going for their 3rd straight win, posting an average scoring margin of 10.5 points per game in this stretch.
In their previous game, the Bucks took down the Raptors by a score of 130-122. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 1 point favorites. Milwaukee actually trailed the Raptors by 7 before putting themselves on top with a strong 3rd quarter performance. Going into the final period, the team led by 8. Leading the team in scoring was Jrue Holiday, as he contributed 37 points while hitting 61.5% of his shots.
The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 28-19. So far, the team has gone 25-21-1 against the spread. The Cavaliers head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -3.5.
The Cavaliers are coming off a dissappointing 120-114 loss to the Warriors. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 10 points. Cleveland was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Warriors by 6 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Darius Garland, as he contributed 31 points while hitting 40.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Bucks saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Cavaliers, averaging 104.0 points per game. As for Milwaukee, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 117.75 points per contest against the Cavaliers. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Cavaliers hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just 2 points per game. Milwaukee and Cleveland averaged a combined 222 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 45 games, the Bucks are averaging 112.6 points per contest, placing them 21st in the NBA. The Bucks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.0 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Milwaukee has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 14.4 turnovers per game.
Defensively, Milwaukee has had its problems giving up an average of 112.13 points per game (19th).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Antetokounmpo leads the team in scoring at 31.0 points per game while Holiday is 2nd at 19.4. For the season, Antetokounmpo is 3rd in the NBA in usage rate and 9th in player efficiency. Behind him, Holiday has taken 17.2% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 46.7%.
This season, the Cleveland offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 111.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Cleveland offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 13th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Against the Bucks, the Cavaliers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 5th ranked unit at 105.67 points per game.
Without Donovan Mitchell, Cleveland will need Darius Garland to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Milwaukee today. This season, Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 28.4 points per game. Garland is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 21.7 points per game, which places him 33.0th in the NBA. In his 38 games, he has hit 44.5% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 2.8 rebounds per game.
Bucks vs Cavaliers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bucks -1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF
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