The Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks are set to meet at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Saturday night. Cleveland is red-hot and looking to stay on a roll against the defending champs.
The Cavaliers are on a five-game winning streak, and have wins in 9 of their previous 11 outings. They are up to 18-12 on the season, and believe it or not, one of the best teams in the NBA. The power rankings have the Cavaliers flirting with the top-5 for good reason.
Their run isn’t a fluke. The Cavaliers are a good team that needs respect going into Saturday and beyond. They are coming off a 124-89 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday in a runaway performance.
Every active #Cavs player scored in last night's win.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 16, 2021
Cleveland had a 35-16 lead after the 1st quarter, and then didn’t stop in the 2nd quarter and opened up a 69-39 lead at halftime. The only quarter that the Rockets outscored the Cavaliers in was the final frame by a score of 26-24 with the game well out of reach in garbage time.
The Cavaliers haven’t just beaten up on bad teams either. They were coming off a 105-94 win over the Miami Heat before taking down the Rockets in a blowout. All things are looking up for the Cavaliers, though they will be without Evan Mobley again tonight.
Mobley is dealing with a hip injury and had to go into health and safety protocol today. The Cavaliers really don’t have to rush him back given how well things are going in Cleveland.
40 piece nugget for Jrue.
40 PTS | 5 REB | 5 AST | 50% FGM pic.twitter.com/3uQyYoAD3E
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 18, 2021
If Giannis Antetokounmpo were active for this one, then I’d be a little more concerned for the Cavaliers tonight. However, Giannis is in NBA protocol and the Cavaliers don’t have to worry about his presence.
Khris Middleton recently missed some time, but is listed as probable on the injury report. That’s a big one for a team that needs Middleton versus the Cavs with Giannis absent.
Head below for our free Cavaliers vs. Bucks pick on December 18, 2021.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Cleveland Cavaliers||-2.5 (-110)||-140||Over 214 (-110)|
|Milwaukee Bucks||+2.5 (-110)||+120||Under 214 (-110)|
|Team Data||Cleveland Cavaliers||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Points Per Game||106.6||110.7|
|Points Against Per Game||101.5||106.9|
|Field Goal %||46.1||45.4|
|Three Point %||36.0||36.0|
Cavaliers vs. Bucks Prediction:
The Cavaliers have been getting after it on both ends of the floor. They aren’t a one trick pony in Cleveland. J.B. Bickerstaff has the Cavaliers firing on all cylinders, and can only go up from here.
Evan Mobley is only a rookie and has time to grow. The main pieces on this team are still young and have growing to do.
Darius Garland has taken on a significant role in his third-year in the NBA. Garland is on pace for a career-high with 19 points and 7.4 assists per game.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 18, 2021
His defense has improved considerably as well. The defensive pressure has separated the Cavaliers from opponents this season.
Cleveland is second in the NBA with an average of 101.5 points against per game. Teams haven’t been able to get comfortable from three versus the Cavaliers.
The Cavs have held the opposition to a 32.5% three-point percentage for third in the NBA. Note that the Bucks are shooting a below average 45.4% from the field for 17th.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Trends:
- 6-0 ATS in their previous six games as a favorite
- 5-0 ATS in their previous five games on the road
- 14-3 ATS in their previous 17 games after a win
- 9-2 ATS in their previous 11 games on two-day rest
- 8-0 ATS in their previous ten games after a win by at least 10 points
- 8-20 ATS in their previous 28 games as an underdog
- 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games as an underdog in Milwaukee
- 4-9 ATS in their previous 13 games in Milwaukee
- 1-7 ATS in their previous eight games on a back-to-back
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games after their starters play more than 160 minutes
The Cavaliers should be able to have the advantage defensively in this one, especially without Giannis on the floor. Mobley may be sitting this one out, but Giannis missing Saturday night cancels that out for the Cavs.
Milwaukee is on a back-to-back after a 116-112 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on the road last night. The Bucks were short-handed, but figured it out versus an inferior opponent.
Last season the Cavaliers would have been inferior, but that’s not the case this season. The Cavaliers are a tough assignment on a back-to-back after going on the road and coming home.
The Cavs have been one of the best bets in the NBA this season, and as short favorites versus a Milwaukee squad without Giannis, they have to be worth a look tonight.