Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/2/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (10-8) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-7)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 202.5 See the Latest Odds
The young Milwaukee Bucks look to pull off an upset tonight when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been playing some pretty impressive basketball lately to win six of their last nine overall, but they will be feeling a little uneasy about facing the Cavaliers tonight after getting thrashed by the Rockets by 117-103 on Saturday. Jabari Parker led six players in double figures with 19 points and five assists, while Ersan Ilyasova added 18 off the bench, but the Bucks just fell victim to a special performance from James Harden who poured in 34 points and eight assists. Also, the Bucks did play the night before in a rout of the Pistons, so a matchup with the high-scoring Rockets was always going to be a tough task. Despite the loss, Milwaukee is still a decent 10-8 overall and 5-3 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been far from impressive all season, but look to be finally finding their groove after beating the Pacers by 109-97 for their third straight win. Kevin Love led the way with a season-high 28 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and LeBron James had 19 as the Cavs blew out to an early double digit lead before crusing in the fourth quarter. Sure, the Pacers were without Roy Hibbert, but this was a game they needed to win, especially at home. Despite the win, Cleveland is still only a mediocre 8-7 overall and 5-4 at home.
In ATS trends, the Bucks are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, while the Cavs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and 7-1 ATS in their last eight against the NBA Central.
Head to head, the Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings but the Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six.
The Bucks continue to be one of the surprise teams so far this season but I've been waiting for them to slip up for a while now and it doesn't seem to be coming. Of course, the Cavs should be more than good enough to blow this team away, but I just get the feeling that the Bucks will do enough to keep the score respectable.