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Should Hoops Bettors Stay Away From Cavs Due to Recent Struggles?

UPDATE: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns have agreed to a trade for point guard Eric Bledsoe. Going back to Phoenix is Greg Munroe and a first-round pick.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are a volatile bunch right now. After snapping a four-game losing streak last Friday, the Cavs once again cratered against an Atlanta Hawks team that had previously dropped eight in a row before beating the wine and gold 117-115. Things won’t get any easier for the Cavs with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in town.

MyBookie opened the Cavs as 4-point home favorites with a total of 220.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Bucks’ last six games on the road.
  • The Bucks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on the road after losing their most recent road game.
  • The Cavaliers are 0-6 ATS in their last six games at home.

Milwaukee is enduring its own slump right now in light of three straight losses heading into this one. Don’t point the finger at Antetokounmpo, however, as the 22-year-old Greek sensation is averaging 31 points on 58.3 percent shooting, 9.9 boards, five assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.7 steals in 2017-18. If any player is going to eclipse LeBron James as the best all-around player in the league, it’s him.

James erupted for 57 points on Friday before collecting 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting and 13 assists in the setback to the Hawks on Sunday, but the starting unit as a whole has drawn criticism for lacking energy. Dwyane Wade, who’s been coming off the bench, told reporters after the Hawks loss: “It’s no secret we’re starting games off awful. It’s no secret in this locker room, but our first unit, we got to start off better.”

The good news for Cavs bettors is their habit of prevailing vs Milwaukee, evidenced by Cleveland winning seven of the last eight meetings between the Eastern Conference clubs. OVER bettors have also been profiting in this series, as nine of the last 11 matchups between the Cavs and Bucks have gone above the closing total.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Cleveland Cavaliers installed as 4-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The OVER/UNDER betting line for the total number of points scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 217.5.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark pick a 109-107 result in favor of the Cavaliers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers sport a record of 4-6 and 2-8 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Milwaukee Bucks sit at 4-5 and 3-6 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 6-4 for the Cleveland Cavaliers and 5-4 for the Milwaukee Bucks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Milwaukee injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 23 (Cleveland Cavaliers) and the No. 27 (Bucks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Cleveland's No. 8-ranked offense (108.5 PPG) against a Milwaukee Bucks defense that ranks No. 19 at 107 PPG. The Cavaliers have averaged 47.19% from the field per game, less than the Bucks have managed so far this NBA season (48.29% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Giannis Antetokounmpo went off for 29 points and added 4 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Detroit defeated Milwaukee 105-96 at Little Caesars Arena.

LeBron James scored 26 points for Cleveland on Sunday, but the Hawks managed a 117-115 victory over the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Milwaukee is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
  • Milwaukee is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
  • Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
  • Cleveland is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
  • Cleveland is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games

Next Betting Matchups

Milwaukee at San Antonio, Friday, November 10
Cleveland at Houston, Thursday, November 9