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NBA betting line favors Cavaliers over Bucks

Milwaukee BucksCleveland Cavaliers
8-33January 24, 2014, 07:30 | Quicken Loans Arena15-27

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.

Supporters of the Bucks have seen them go 8-33 and 15-26 ATS so far this season, while the Cavaliers are at 15-27 and 18-24 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Cavaliers are 20-22, while the Bucks are 21-20.

View Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Bucks before tip-off in this one found them as 8.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 194.5 at TopBet.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 22-rated Cavaliers and the No. 28-rated Bucks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 85-82 win for the Cavaliers on Friday.

Milwaukee was a 104-101 winner in its last match at home against the Pistons. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 205 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Caron Butler poured in 30 points for Milwaukee on Wednesday, as they defeated Detroit 104-101 at Bradley Center.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 98-87 loser at home against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (185) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Cleveland got 26 points from Kyrie Irving en route to a 98-87 loss against Chicago on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 96.45 PPG, against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 15 at 100.59 PPG. The Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 42.54% so far, more than the Bucks shooters have achieved on the year, 42.16% per game.

A few Bucks at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Milwaukee is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
Milwaukee is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
Milwaukee is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Milwaukee is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Cleveland's last 12 games
Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Milwaukee home to Atlanta, Saturday, January 25th
Cleveland home to Phoenix, Sunday, January 26th