A matchup featuring a pair of the strongest defensive squads in the league will see the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-11) as 2.5-point favorites against the Milwaukee Bucks (22-8) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on December 21, 2022. The Cavaliers are first in points allowed per game (104.4), and the Bucks are fourth (108.8). The over/under for the matchup is 216.5 points.
How to bet Cavaliers vs. Bucks
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -134 odds to pick up the win, while the Bucks are listed at +114 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 216.5 points.
Cavaliers vs. Bucks Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: BSOH
- Location: Cleveland, Ohio
- Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cavaliers vs. Bucks Betting Trends
In the Cavaliers’ 32 games this season, they have 18 wins against the spread. Cleveland has been chosen as the favorite in 24 games this year and has walked away with the win 18 times (75%) in those games. Cavaliers games this year have hit the over on 13 of 30 set point totals.
The Bucks are 17-11-2 against the spread this year. Milwaukee has gone 2-2 in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 50% of those games). Bucks games this season have eclipsed the over/under 14 times in 30 opportunities (46.7%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Cavaliers vs. Bucks Injury Report
Bucks: Khris Middleton: Doubtful (Knee)
What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland is posting 110.9 points per game this year (23rd-ranked in NBA), but it has really shined on defense, ceding only 104.4 points per game (best). The Cavaliers average 113.7 points per game in home games, compared to 107.7 points per game on the road, a difference of six points per contest. On offense, the Cavaliers have struggled over their last 10 games, scoring 106.5 points per contest over that stretch as opposed to the 110.9 they’ve put up over the course of this year.
Cleveland is sinking 11.5 threes per game (18th-ranked in league). It has a 36.9% shooting percentage (ninth-ranked) from downtown. The Cavaliers have taken 63% two-pointers and 37% from beyond the arc this year. Of the team’s baskets, 71.5% are two-pointers and 28.5% are three-pointers.
What you need to know about the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee is 16th in the league in points scored (113.1 per game) and fourth-best in points allowed (108.8). In 2022-23 the Bucks are scoring 11.7 more points per game at home (118.2) than on the road (106.5). While the Bucks are putting up 113.1 points per game in 2022-23, they have bettered that mark in their previous 10 games, amassing 114.7 a contest.
At 13.2 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 35.1% from beyond the arc, Milwaukee is seventh and 17th in the league, respectively, in those categories. The Bucks attempt 58% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 42% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 68% of the Bucks’ buckets are 2-pointers, and 32% are 3-pointers.
Our pick to win this contest is the Cavaliers, and we predict that Cavaliers will cover the spread (Cavaliers -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 216.5 points.
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