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The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to upend the Milwaukee Bucks on their home floor.
Bucks eyeing top overall spot in the East
The Bucks have continued to trek forward this season with one of the best marks in the league. They have displayed a tremendous amount of balance on both ends of the floor in the process that has continued to lift them forward while also putting them on the fast track to secure the first overall spot in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee has been able to steamroll lesser opponents this season that includes already taking the first two games against the Cavaliers this season heading into Wednesday’s matchup. Although All-Star forward Giannis Antetokoumnpo didn’t play in Tuesday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers, he has led the charge effectively for the Bucks behind what has been nothing short of an MVP-caliber campaign with him playing the best basketball of his brief NBA career in the process.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 20, 2019
Antetokounmpo is averaging a career-high 27.5 points along with career-best numbers in both rebounds (12.7) and assists (6.0) per game while shooting a career-best 58.0 percent from the field. All of this has put him on pace to join Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average at least 27.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. He’s also coming off an impressive performance against the Philadelphia 76ers where he had 52 points and 16 rebounds in the contest. This put him alongside James Harden as the only players this season to notch a 50-point, 15-rebound game and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (three times) as the only players in Bucks’ history to accomplish this feat. With Antetokounmpo likely returning to the mix for Wednesday’s contest, it should see Milwaukee easily move past Cleveland on the road in convincing fashion.
Cavaliers moving through tough another tough seeason
It has been nothing short of another difficult campaign for the Cavaliers holding one of the worst marks in the league throughout much of the season. They have had plenty of difficulty on both ends of the floor in the process that has led to them being in the position that they have seemingly put themselves in this year. They have some tremendous issues offensively ranking as one of the least productive teams in the league on that end of the floor in the process. Cleveland is currently 29th averaging 104.3 points per contest along with being 28th shooting 44.2 percent from the floor. This lack of offensive production has continued to put them in a hole and will certainly be a factor against the Bucks, who have not only been one of the league’s best teams but also ranked as the second-best scoring offense this year averaging 117.6 points per game. If they hope to keep up it will have to be on that end of the court.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 19, 2019
However, they have been able to push forward recently winning five out of their last seven games that have given them a little push forward. During this span, they are averaging 112.1 points, 23.4 assists and 14.0 three-pointers per game that has been a significant uptick. Rookie point guard Collin Sexton has been at the forefront of all of that as he has notched six straight 20-point outings, which has made him just the fourth Cavaliers rookie to do accomplish that feat. This has also been the longest such streak by any rookie this year and put him alongside Austin Carr as the only Cavaliers rookie to notch at least 23 points in each game during this span. Prior to him, the last rookie to score at least 23 points in six straight games was Tim Duncan, who did that in seven consecutive games. Ultimately, if the Cavaliers hope to push past the Bucks, it will need them to continue this upward momentum offensively on their home floor on Wednesday night.
- Cavaliers are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games following an ATS win.
- Cavaliers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games playing on one day’s rest.
- Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last six Wednesday games.
- Bucks are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning % below .400.
- Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last five contests after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last five Wednesday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This should quickly become a one-sided affair for the Bucks easing to a comfortable win on the road. The Cavaliers have struggled to play with any consistency this year, which is a trend that will continue against one of the league’s top teams. It especially helps that Antetokounmpo will likely be back in the mix to lead the charge.
Prediction: Milwaukee -10.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Beyond the fact that it will be a lopsided affair, this should see plenty of scoring along the way. The Bucks are one of the league’s highest-scoring teams that will put that on display against one of the worst defenses. Keep in mind, the over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these two teams in games played in Cleveland.
Prediction: Over 227