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Cleveland CavaliersMilwaukee Bucks
Dec 22, 8:30 PM | Bradley Center

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds

5-23TEAM RECORD14-11

The Bucks will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Cavaliers at Bradley Center in NBA wagering action.

This season the Bucks are 14-11 overall and 12-12-1 ATS against the number, while the Cavaliers are 5-23 and 11-17 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Milwaukee is 11-14 on the OU, and Cleveland is 15-13.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Bucks, currently No. 17 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cavaliers, who rate No. 21 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 96-90 victory for the Bucks.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Milwaukee's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 95.6 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 23 at 100.3 PPG. The Bucks field goal percentage has averaged 43% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 41.5% per game.

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 19-rated defense on the road, giving up 101.2 points per game. Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 99-89 loser as they battled the Pacers at home. The Cavaliers failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point underdog, while 188 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Cavaliers endured a 99-89 loss at the hands of the Pacers on Friday, despite a 17-point effort from Kyrie Irving at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Bucks were a 99-94 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Celtics. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (193) made winners of OVER bettors. The Celtics were burned for 27 points by Monta Ellis on Friday as the Bucks picked up a 99-94 win at TD Garden.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9

Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Brooklyn are 5-5
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Cavaliers at Bucks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cleveland's last 9 games when playing Milwaukee
Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland at Washington, Wednesday, December 26
Milwaukee home to Brooklyn, Wednesday, December 26