The Milwaukee Bucks (28-12) travel to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (23-15) on Wednesday, January 17th. This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland and televised on ESPN. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Bucks vs Cavaliers
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Bucks took down the Kings by a score of 143-142. Heading into the second half, the Bucks were leading 68-66.
With an overall record of 28-12, the Bucks are coming into today’s game looking to build on their three game winning streak. So far this season, the Bucks have gone 19-4 at home compared to 9-8 on the road.
Milwaukee comes in with an overall ATS record of 16-24 so far this season. Milwaukee has not been good vs. the spread in their last two home games, and they are 8-15 ATS at home compared to 8-9 on the road.
The Cavaliers Are Coming Off A Win
The Cavaliers took down the Bulls in their most recent game with a final score of 109-91. The Cavaliers not only secured a straight-up victory in this game but also covered the spread as -4-point favorites. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 200 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 223.
Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers are 23-15 overall and have won five straight games. When playing on the road, the Cavaliers are 9-7 compared to 14-8 at home.
Cleveland is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 19-17. In their two most recent home games, Cleveland has covered the spread and they are 11-11 ATS at home compared to 8-6 on the road.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
The Milwaukee offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 2nd ranked offense at 125 points per game.
The Bucks come into this game as the NBA’s 2nd ranked scoring offense, averaging 125 points per game. This season, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in 80% of their games. In terms of pace, Milwaukee is 4th in the league at 102 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Bucks are 5th in the NBA in three-point percentage at 38%. They are also 5th in made threes per game at 14.4. In terms of free throws, Milwaukee is 3rd in made free throws per game and 2nd in free throw attempts.
On the road, the Bucks are the NBA’s top-scoring team at 123.5 points per game. So far, they have outscored their scoring average in their last three games. In terms of field goal percentage, Milwaukee is 3rd in the league at 50%.
Cavaliers Offense Breakdown
Cleveland has recorded an average of 113.1 points per game (21st) throughout 38 games games.
At home, the Cavaliers are averaging 113.9 points per game, which is 21st in the league. Overall, they are 21st in scoring at 113.1 points per game.
So far this season, Cleveland has outscored the NBA scoring average in 36.8% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 22nd in the league at 98.1 possessions per game.
When it comes to field goal percentage, the Cavaliers are shooting 47% from the field, which is 15th in the NBA. In terms of two-point shooting, they are 9th in the league at 55%.
Bucks Team Defense
The Bucks’ defense is presently ranked 24th in the league, allowing an average of 119.9 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Bucks squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.9% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 33.7% from downtown.
Cavaliers Team Defense
Currently, the Cavaliers’ defense holds the 3rd rank in the NBA, allowing 110.7 points per game. The Cleveland defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.3% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.1% of their field goal attempts vs. Cleveland.
Key Players For The Bucks And Cavaliers
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the primary scorer for the Bucks, with 29 points and going 11/18 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 31.2 points per game, along with 11.4 rebounds.
As for Cleveland, Donovan Mitchell is projected to be the primary scorer for the Cavaliers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 28, and adding 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 45.9%, and his scoring average is 28.1 points per game.
Bucks vs Cavaliers Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Bucks have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 5-5 vs. the spread. The team averaged 123 points per game in this stretch.
- Across the Cavaliers last ten home games, the team averaged 110 points per game while allowing 108. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 6-2-2, while going 6-4 straight-up.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Cavaliers have a straight up record of 4-6 and an ATS mark of 5-4-1.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Bucks have gone 3-7 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 6-4.
For today’s matchup we are recommending to take the Bucks to secure the win, with an expected final score of 118-112. When it comes to the spread, we believe they’ll cover at -4.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 237.5 and our model has the Bucks and Cavaliers finishing with a combined 230 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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