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(23-8) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks (15-13)
Date: Tuesday December 19
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavs -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 217
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Tuesday, October 24 finds Central Division rivals the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks facing off. Cleveland outlasted the Washington Wizards Sunday, in a closer game than the score shows. Milwaukee enters the match
Last season, the squads played four times with the Cavaliers winning three of the four contests and Cleveland eight of the past ten matches. The Bucks however, hold the all-time record having bested the Cavaliers 117 of their 209 matches.
Despite winning 18 of 19 games the Cavaliers remain in second behind the Celtics who are starting to average closer to the mean.
Examination of the Cavaliers hot streak however points to an extremely weak strength of schedule. Only five of the 18 wins came versus teams above .500 however, the last two against the Jazz and Wizards represent possibly the hardest and most impressive wins.
Furthermore, Cleveland has travelled just three times to the opposite coast losing two of three.
The same is true for the team they are chasing (Celtics) with both squads facing heavy March opposite coast games. In contrast the team 1.5 games behind Cleveland and 3.0 behind the Celtics have completed 12 west coast games.
Although Isaiah Thomas has yet to take the court rumors are swirling the New Year is the projected return date.
Thomas’ presence will help with the fatigue, but a concern has to be the Cavs 27th ranked defense. While they’ve improved to 24th during the past 10 games in comparison the Raptors have produced the best defense in the same period facing similarly low ranked teams.
The Bucks have lost three games in a row and will be the more rested team looking to win their first game in the season series. In the last game the teams provided an offensive explosion with a final score of 124-119.
The big difference in that game and the earlier match this season was Eric Bledsoe had not joined the squad yet.
The most intriguing aspect of the contest is whether LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will guard each other and how destructive each will be offensively. In their most recent meeting the Greek Freak put up 40 points while James put up 30.
Bledsoe will have a true advantage over Jose Calderon, but the key may be controlling Kevin Love and the making sure to win the rebounding battle.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- Under is 6-2 in Cavaliers last 8 overall.
- Bucks are 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- Cavaliers are 8-2 in last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 8-2 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Prediction: Bucks pull the upset
With the spread sitting even it’s a pick em game. Normally, the trends of three losses (Bucks) and one loss in 19 (Cavs) would suggest Cleveland is the wiser pick.
However, the Bucks haven’t played since Saturday and Milwaukee has a tendency to be streak busters. Moreover, this will be the Cavaliers third game in four nights.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bucks ATS
Recalling the streak ending Bucks win over the Warriors a few seasons back and coupled with already being 0-2 versus the Cavaliers this season Milwaukee will be on a mission.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Bucks 111 – Cavaliers 108
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