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Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds
The Cavaliers will try to cover the spread at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday when they get a visit from the Bucks in basketball action.
Cleveland battles the Bucks, currently with a 22-18 mark (21-18-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 22-21 for the Cavaliers and 19-21 for the Bucks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Cavaliers as 4-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 196, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cavaliers - Bucks odds would favor the Bucks if the lines were set according to power ranks. Cleveland is rated No. 28 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bucks sit at No. 14. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 97-92 win for the Bucks.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bucks rank No. 9 in the league with 43.5 per game. That compares with Cleveland’s No. 21 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cleveland is the NBA’s No. 12-ranked team at 7.4 per game, while the Bucks rate No. 24 with 6.1 per contest.
Defensively, the Bucks feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.6 points per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Milwaukee, they were a 110-102 winner as they battled the 76ers at home. The Bucks covered in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 212 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Bucks got a 27-point performance from Ersan Ilyasova, who added 16 rebounds as Milwaukee ran past Philadelphia 110-102 on Tuesday at Bradley Center.
In their last action, Cleveland was a 95-90 winner at home against the Celtics. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (185) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Cleveland got 40 points from Kyrie Irving en route to a 95-90 victory over Boston on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Golden State are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 1-9
After a win are 4-6
Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Toronto are 6-4
After playing Boston are 0-10
After a win are 1-9
A few Bucks at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Milwaukee is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Cleveland
Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Cleveland is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cleveland's last 10 games when playing Milwaukee
Cleveland is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
Milwaukee home to Golden State, Saturday, January 26
Cleveland at Toronto, Saturday, January 26