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Cavaliers Bucks Betting Preview

Milwaukee BucksCleveland Cavaliers
5-20December 20, 2013, 07:30 | Quicken Loans Arena9-15

The Cavaliers will hit the floor running against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Bucks will try to spoil the party on Friday; they are 8-17 ATS against the number this season, while the Cavaliers are 10-14 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Milwaukee is 12-13 on the totals; Cleveland is 12-12.

View Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Cavaliers as -9-point Favorite in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 191 earlier at GTbets.eu.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 26-rated Cavaliers and the No. 30-ranked Bucks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 84-81 result in favor of the Cavaliers.

In their last action, Milwaukee was a 107-101 loser at home against the Knicks. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (208) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Bucks got a terrific 36-point performance from Brandon Knight but New York handed them a 107-101 defeat on Wednesday at Bradley Center.

The Cavaliers were a 119-116 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Trail Blazers. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (235) made winners of OVER bettors. Kyrie Irving scored 25 points and added 10 assists for a double-double, but his team still lost 119-116 against Portland in NBA action at Quicken Loans Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland's No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 95.33 PPG, against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 12 at 99 PPG. The Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 42.82% so far, more than the Bucks shooters have achieved on the year, 41.67% per game.

A few Bucks at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Milwaukee is 4-14 ATS in its last 18 games
Milwaukee is 3-18 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 9 games
Milwaukee is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Milwaukee home to Philadelphia, Saturday, December 21st
Cleveland at Chicago, Saturday, December 21st