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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/20/13

Milwaukee Bucks (5-20) at Cleveland Cavaliers (9-15)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Cavaliers square off against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

Head to head, the Bucks are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Cleveland while the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but just 8-22 ATS in their last 30 vs. NBA Central. The Bucks on the other hand are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games, 16-35 ATS in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference and 22-46 ATS in their last 68 games overall.

The Cleveland Cavaliers still find themselves six games below .500, but they have played much better of late, despite coming off back-to-back losses. Those consecutive losses I speak of came against two of the premier teams in the league in Miami (on the road) and against Portland on Tuesday night thanks to a Damian Lillard buzzer-beating three-pointer. Before those losses, the Cavs had won five of six but what's more encouraging has been their play on the offensive end lately as they have averaged 110.4 points over their last four games, which is 15 points over their season average.

Gary Neal, Ersan Ilyasova, Caron Butler, Zaza Pachulia, Carlso Delfino and Larry Sanders. No this isn't a list of the Milwaukee Bucks top six players, it's their current injury list, which is the main reason they have won just the five games so far this season. The Bucks were unlucky not to make it six wins in their game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday as they fell 107-101 in overtime, despite a career-high 36 points from Brandon Knight.

I don't feel great about taking Cleveland as a near on double-digit favorite, but I don't see any other options here. I thought about taking the under, but the Cavs recent offensive surge has scared me off. Before their loss to Portland on Wednesday, the Cavaliers had won their last four home games by an average of nine points against the likes of Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles (Clippers) and New York...

Dan’s Pick: Cleveland -8.5

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/20/13

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