Saturday sees the Cleveland Cavaliers (28-19) go up against Central rivals Milwaukee Bucks (29-16) at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Milwaukee Bucks hold the second seed in the Eastern Conference going into this matchup, two games clear of the fifth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers. This will be the fourth and final matchup between these teams this season, with the Milwaukee Bucks leading the series 2-1.
Cleveland Cavaliers VS Milwaukee Bucks Betting expert picks
Cleveland Cavaliers VS Milwaukee Bucks Moneyline
Take the Cleveland Cavaliers to win (1.80) for the outright win on the moneyline.
It looks like it will be a close call here. The Milwaukee Bucks are riding a two-game winning streak, but both victories were at home. They’re 3-6 SU in recent road matches and lost 114-106 on their last visit to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in December 2022. This has us favoring the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 19-5 SU at home and 5-1 SU in recent matchups against Central Division sides.
Both teams need to win this Central matchup, but it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers that have the edge. Aside from being the slight favorites, they beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-106 in their last clash in December 2022 and have the home-court advantage to boot.
Cleveland Cavaliers VS Milwaukee Bucks Spread
Bet Cleveland Cavaliers -1.5 (1.91) for the best chance of taking home some cash
The Cleveland Cavaliers open up as the slight 1.5-point favorites over the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Ohio sports betting sites. This suggests we could be in for a tight basketball game between two evenly-matched sides. A winning margin as high as 14.4 points has settled the last five matchups in this series.
The Cleveland Cavaliers tend to play well at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. In the past five games between the two teams at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the home side won three times by an average margin of 14.0 points. The hosts are also 4-6 ATS in the past ten games at home and 5-5 ATS overall from their previous ten games.
The Milwaukee Bucks, on the other hand, are 2-5 ATS in their last seven matchups against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’re 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games and 1-4 ATS for their past five road games on a Saturday.
Cleveland Cavaliers VS Milwaukee Bucks Total
Take the Total under 218 (1.91) for the best over/under bet
The ten meetings between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks have produced a total of 217.8 points.
The total has averaged 224.9 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ ten most recent games, as well as 229.8 points in their last five at home. Betting on the Over paid out as a winning bet in the last three games at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 6-4 in the over/under market.
As for the Milwaukee Bucks, the average total has been 225.7 points in the away team’s past ten matches and 211.6 points in the last five on the road. Going on the road doesn’t always seem to produce the expected number of points for the Milwaukee Bucks. The total has gone under in their past five away games and in six of their past eights visits to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland Cavaliers VS Milwaukee Bucks Betting trends
- Moneyline (ML): Milwaukee Bucks (+105) | Cleveland Cavaliers (-125)
- Against the spread (ATS): Milwaukee Bucks +1.5 (-110) | Cleveland Cavaliers -1.5 (-110)
Cleveland Cavaliers Form
The Golden State Warriors proved too much to handle last time out in a 114-120 defeat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That said, the hosts are on a bit of a hot streak in the Central Division. They’ve won five of their past six divisional matchups, leaving them hopeful for a swift return to winning ways.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have an average offense, ranking 12th in the NBA with 113.9 points per home game, 2.3 points above their season average (111.6 points). However, they have soared in defense, ranking second-best in the league after restricting opponents to 107.4 points in all games and 106.3 points at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a very realistic chance of returning to the playoffs this season. With a 28-19 start and a fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, all is going according to plan. They also rank second in the Central Division going into their latest matchup.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have four players struggling with injuries at the moment in Ricky Rubio, Dean Wade, Donovan Mitchell, and Dylan Windler.
Milwaukee Bucks Form
The Milwaukee Bucks went 29-16 for the season last week by defeating the Toronto Raptors 130-122. In their past ten matches, they’ve gone 6-4 and are also 3-2 in their last five on the road.
The Milwaukee Bucks will bring a middle-of-the-park offense for their latest game on the road, having scored 112.6 points per game this season. The visitors rank 23rd in the NBA offensive rating, 20 spots below their third place in the defensive rating. They’ve limited opponents to 111.2 points per road game, leaving them with 111.3 points allowed on average this season.
Last season’s Conference semi-finalists look set to make another playoff appearance. They’ve gone 29-16 in the regular season so far, ranking second in the Eastern Conference and first in the Central Division.
The Milwaukee Bucks have two injury concerns going into their latest matchup in Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Cleveland Cavaliers VS Milwaukee Bucks H2H history
The Cleveland Cavaliers came away with a 114-106 win in their latest encounter with the Milwaukee Bucks, which took place at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. In the last ten matchups of this series, the Milwaukee Bucks came out on top more often than not. The visitors claimed six wins against the Cleveland Cavaliers, leaving them with an overall record of 6-4.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the Cleveland Cavaliers managed 107.9 points on average per game, while the Milwaukee Bucks put 109.9 points on board.