Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 11/6/13
Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2) at Milwaukee Bucks (1-2)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -3 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Milwaukee to take on the struggling Bucks tonight.
The Cavaliers were able to avoid a third straight loss on Monday by beating the in-form Timberwolves by 93-92 thanks to some fantastic defense which held Minnesota to just 36.2 percent shooting from the field. On the offensive end, Kyrie Irving had 15 points and six assists, while Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson added 12 apiece, but it was actually CJ Miles who led the team with a quick-fire 19 points off the bench. It was good to see Andrew Bynum increase his minutes to 19 which resulted in 10 points and three blocks, but it was disappointing to see Anthony Bennett fail once again to score his first field goal in the NBA. With the win, Cleveland improved to 2-2 on the season and 2-0 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Bucks are coming off a 97-90 loss against the Raptors and given how the minutes have been shared between players, you have to question what coach Larry Drew is thinking. During the preseason, all the talk was about how the offense was going to run through Ersan Illyasova and Larry Sanders, but neither player is seeing significant minutes, while OJ Mayo is playing 30.3 minutes off the bench. The Bucks are really struggling to cover for the absences of Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour, but neither player is expected to return for tonight's game against the Cavs. As a team, the Bucks are averaging just 92.7 points per game but their defense is holding opponents to just 95.0 points which has been the only bright spot of their play so far.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, while the Bucks are 6-17 ATS in their last 23 home games and 8-23 ATS in their last 31 against Eastern Conference opponents.
Head to head, the Cavs are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Milwaukee.
Looking at this game, I immediately think that this game will go Under the total so that would be one of my predictions. However, I think the stronger play is on the Cavs tonight because the Bucks still haven't figured out how or even who they want to play. Add to that, the Cavs' recent dominance over the Bucks and I think this one is an easy pick.