Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 4/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (50-27) at Milwaukee Bucks (38-39)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 11 of their last 13 games and are going for a fourth straight win tonight after taking down the Bulls by 99-94 on Sunday. LeBron James led the way with a triple-double of 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, Kyrie Irving scored 27 points and JR Smith added 24 points as the Cavs continued their surge towards the playoffs with an 18th straight home win. As a team, the Cavs shot just 42.2 percent from the field, but did most of their damage of the three-point arc where they made 16 of 37, led by Smith who connected on eight of his 17 attempts. Cleveland still has five games left to play in the regular season, but with the second seed all but locked up, they will probably be resting some players soon.
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Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have lost three of their last five and are coming off a disappointing 97-90 loss to the Magic. Ersan Ilyasova led the way with 18 points, Khris Middleton added 15 points while OJ Mayo had 14 points off the bench, but the Bucks just couldn't get over the line as the Bucks' top two scoring options in Giannis Antetokuonmpo and Michael Carter-Williams struggled from the field. With the loss, Milwaukee drops to 38-39 on the season which puts them at risk in losing their sixth-place position to the Nets who are just two games behind them in seventh place.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games playing on two days rest, while the Bucks are 25-52-1 ATS in their last 78 games against a team above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Cavs are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and the over is 8-1 in the last nine meetings in Milwaukee.
The Cavs really should have no problem getting the win and covering the spread, but the Bucks will be up for this game and might just be able to trouble the Cavs or at least keep the score respectable.