A game featuring two of the strongest teams in the league defensively features the Cleveland Cavaliers (28-19) favored by 2.5 points as they host the Milwaukee Bucks (29-16) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on January 21, 2023. The matchup’s over/under is set at 218.5.
How to bet Cavaliers vs. Bucks
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -140 odds to pick up the win, while the Bucks are listed at +119 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 218.5 points.
Cavaliers vs. Bucks Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, January 21, 2023
- Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: BSOH
- Location: Cleveland, Ohio
- Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cavaliers vs. Bucks Betting Trends
The Cavaliers have 24 wins against the spread in 47 games this year. Cleveland has been victorious in 25, or 67.6%, of the 37 contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. The Cavaliers have eclipsed the over/under in 51.1% of their opportunities this year (23 times over 45 games with a set point total).
The Bucks have 24 wins against the spread in 45 games this season. Milwaukee has put together a 4-7 record in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 36.4% of those games). The Bucks have eclipsed the over/under 48.9% of the time this year (22 of 45 games with a set point total).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Cavaliers: Donovan Mitchell: Out (Groin), Ricky Rubio: Out (Injury Management), Dylan Windler: Out (Ankle), Dean Wade: Out (Shoulder)
Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo: Questionable (Knee), Serge Ibaka: Out (Personal), Khris Middleton: Out (Knee)
What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers
Although Cleveland is putting up just 111.6 points per game (fifth-worst in NBA), its defense has been giving them a nice lift, as it ranks best in the league by surrendering 107.4 points per game. Offensively the Cavaliers have fared better at home this year, scoring 113.9 points per game, compared to 109.3 per game away from home. The Cavaliers’ offense has been better over their last 10 games, scoring 113.1 points per contest compared to the 111.6 they’ve averaged this season.
So far this season, Cleveland is draining 11.5 threes per game (19th-ranked in NBA) and is shooting 36.3% (13th-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers are attempting 52.7 two-pointers per game this year, which account for 62.5% of the shots they’ve attempted (and 71.8% of the team’s baskets). Meanwhile, they are attempting 31.6 treys per contest, which are 37.5% of their shots (and 28.2% of the team’s buckets).
What you need to know about the Milwaukee Bucks
Offensively Milwaukee is the 21st-ranked team in the NBA (112.6 points per game). Defensively it is sixth (111.3 points allowed per game). The Bucks are scoring more points at home (118.3 per game) than away (106.7). Over their last 10 games, the Bucks are scoring 111.5 points per contest, 1.1 fewer points than their season average (112.6).
Milwaukee is the fifth-best squad in the league in 3-pointers made (14 per game) and 17th in 3-point percentage (35.5%). The Bucks take 56% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 44% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 65.7% of the Bucks’ baskets are 2-pointers, and 34.3% are 3-pointers.
Our prediction to win this game is the Cavaliers, and we expect that Cavaliers will cover the spread (Cavaliers -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 218.5 points.
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