Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) at Milwaukee Bucks (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +2 -- Over/Under: 211 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks meet Friday in NBA action at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on ESPN.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for a quick 2-0 start to the season after beating the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 40.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 29 points and 16 rebounds while Kevin Love is averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds. Derrick Rose is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is dishing two assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 22.7 percent from beyond the arc and 84 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 25 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost seven of their last 10 regular season road games.
The Milwaukee Bucks also look for a 2-0 start after beating the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 108 points on 50 percent shooting and allowing 100 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 37 points and 13 rebounds while Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 19 points and four assists. Khris Middleton is the third double-digit scorer and Matthew Dellavedova is dishing one assist. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 39.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won eight of their last 10 regular season home games.
The Cavaliers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 road games, 23-8 ATS in their last 31 Friday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central. The Bucks are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Friday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings in Milwaukee and 20-7 in the last 27 meetings.
The Cavs found a way to win their opener, but they weren't 100 percent sharp, as they still have defensive issues and are learning how to play together with their new players. LeBron also admitted that his ankle is still an issue and that his conditioning isn't where he'd like it to be. The Bucks have big goals this season and a 2-0 start over the two top teams in the East would make an early statement to the rest of the conference. The defensive pressure is going to cause Cleveland issues, and this is a game the Bucks could win. I'm high on Milwaukee this season. Give me my free bucket.