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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/31/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Bucks (16-16) at Cleveland Cavaliers (18-13)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -4 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Cavaliers could be severely shorthanded tonight when they battle the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have now lost three of their last four overall and will be looking to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Hawks by 109-101 last night. Kyrie Irving had a monster night of 35 points and nine assists while Tristan Thompson added 18 points, but the Cavs just didn't have enough firepower with LeBron James sitting out and Kevin Love leaving in the third quarter. With the loss, Cleveland drop to 18-13 overall and a mediocre 7-7 on the road. In injury news, both James and Love are now listed as game-time decisions for tonight's game so be sure to check the lineups before tipoff. 

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/31/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have won five of their last nine overall and are coming off a nice 104-94 overtime win at Charlotte thanks to a balanced offense and some solid defense. Brandon Knight led five players in double figures with his 18 points while Jared Dudley added 17 points off the bench and the Bucks held the Hornets to just 36.7 percent shooting including Al Jefferson to just six points. The Bucks continue to surprise me by hovering around the .500 mark as they are now 16-16 on the season.

In ATS trends, the Bucks are 6-0 ATS in their last six road games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall, while the Cavs are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

Head to head, the Bucks are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Cleveland.

The lineup for the Cavs has still not been confirmed, but either way I think the Bucks have been playing the better basketball over the last week and deserve a bit of a mention here.

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Milwaukee +4

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