Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 11/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (5-6) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-3)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks invade the Quicken Loans Arena to battle the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.
The Cavaliers were one of the hottest teams to start the season, but they're suddenly desperate for a win after falling to the Pistons in a 104-99 defeat on Tuesday. LeBron James led the way with 30 points on 11 of 21 shooting, Kevin Love added 19 points while Mo Williams added 15 points, but it still wasn't enough to get past the Pistons who rallied late and stole the win on a dominant 29-18 fourth quarter effort. James has now scored at least 30 points for the fourth straight game but it hasn't exactly translated to wins for the Cavs as they've now lost their last two to fall to 8-3 on the season.
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Meanwhile, the Bucks have just one of their last four games and are coming off their worst loss of the season, falling to the Wizards in a 115-86 rout on Tuesday. Khris Middleton had 14 points, Jerryd Bayless added 13 points while Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points but it was all in vain as the Bucks were already behind by 64-46 at halftime. The Bucks did show plenty of fight to cut the deficit to just six points late in the third quarter, but the Wizards would prove too much in the end, dropping the Bucks to 5-6 on the season and 2-3 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Bucks are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, while the Cavs are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games and 0-8 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the Bucks are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Cleveland.
The Cavs are obviously the better team in slightly better form, but they haven't quite been as dominant as they should be with all the talent on their roster. I'm actually going to take the young Bucks who will be eager to make up for their embarrassing loss in their last outing.