The Cleveland Cavaliers (26-16) travel to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (31-13) on Friday, January 26th. This game will be played at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee and televised on BSW. The Bucks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Cavaliers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Cavaliers. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Cavaliers vs Bucks
The Cavaliers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Cavaliers conveyed a message to the Bucks with a score of 126-116. Despite trailing at halftime by a score of 61-51, the Cavaliers picked up the win.
With an overall record of 26-16, the Cavaliers come into their matchup with the Bucks. Over their last three games, they have gone 2-1. Currently, they are ranked 5th in the Eastern Conference and are 2nd in the Central division.
Cleveland has an overall ATS record of 22-18 for the season so far. This season, Cleveland has a 15-10 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 7-8 when playing as underdogs.
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
In their latest game against the Cavaliers, Giannis Antetokounmpo was the top scorer for the Bucks’ offense, scoring 35 points and shooting 16/24 from the field. Damian Lillard also added 28 points as the Bucks won the game by a score of 126-116.
As they prepare for today’s game, the Bucks are focused on extending their three game winning streak. So far, they are 31-13 overall and currently hold the 2nd spot in the Eastern Conference. In their division, they are in 1st place.
Milwaukee’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 17-27 for the season. This season, Milwaukee has a 16-26 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 1-1 as underdogs.
Cavaliers Offense Breakdown
The Cavaliers come into today’s game as the 19th ranked scoring offense at 114 points per game.
On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 114 points per game, which is 19th in the NBA. However, on the road, they are averaging 113.2 points per game.
When it comes to pace, the Cavaliers are 22nd in the league at 98 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 11th at 47%.
One area where the Cavaliers have struggled is getting to the free-throw line. They are 27th in free throw attempts and 28th in free throws made.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
The Bucks step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 124.6 points per game (2nd).
Heading into the game, the Bucks are one of the top-scoring teams in the NBA, averaging 124.6 points per game (2nd). At home, they are averaging 126 points per game this season.
Milwaukee has been one of the league’s best three-point shooting teams, making an average of 14.1 threes per game (5th). Overall, they are shooting 37% from beyond the arc.
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Bucks are 2nd in the NBA in attempts per game (26.7). In terms of field goal percentage, they are 3rd in the league at 49%.
Cavaliers Team Defense
So far, the Cavaliers’ defense is ranked 3rd in the league at 110.1 points per contest. Cleveland’s defense is currently forcing 13.1 turnovers per game, which is 17th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 24th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.5 rejections per game.
Bucks Team Defense
At present, the Bucks’ defense is ranked 25th, allowing 120.4 points per game. 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 34.4% from downtown.
Key Players For The Cavaliers And Bucks
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Donovan Mitchell as the primary point contributor for the Cavaliers, finishing with 28 points while maintaining a 10/21 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 27.6 points per game along with 5.4 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Giannis Antetokounmpo to be the top scorer for the Bucks. Our projection has him finishing the game with 30, and he is expected to secure 11 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 60.5% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 31.3 points per game.
Cavaliers vs Bucks Trends
- Although Cleveland has a straight up record of 5-5 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 6-3-1. The team averaged 112 points per game in these games.
- In their last five games at home, the Bucks have a straight up record of 3-2 while going 0-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 118 points per game in these contests.
- As the betting underdog, the Cavaliers have an ATS mark of just 0-3 in their last three games. Cleveland posted a straight up mark of 0-3 in these matchups.
- In their last five contests as the favorite, Milwaukee has a poor record vs the spread going 1-4. But, they still put together a straight up mark of 5-0.
Cavaliers vs Bucks Prediction
For a point-spread wager in this Bucks vs. Cavaliers game, we suggest taking the Cavaliers at +5.5. Even though our predictions have the Bucks winning 120-116, we see the Cavaliers as the better choice on the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 237.5 and our model has the Cavaliers and Bucks finishing with a combined 236 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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