Milwaukee Bucks (37-32) at Cleveland Cavaliers (40-29)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -3 -- Over/Under: 220.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Monday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Milwaukee Bucks need a win here to improve their playoff seeding after splitting their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 105.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.4 points and 10.1 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20 points and four assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Jennings is dishing six assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have split their last eight road games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could also use some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.3 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.1 points and nine assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 13.7 points and 2.1 assists. Larry Nance Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost four of their last six home games.
The Bucks are 22-46-2 ATS in their last 70 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 13-37-2 ATS in their last 52 home games and 16-36 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The underdog is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 23-7 in the last 30 meetings.
I've been telling everybody to fade the Cleveland Cavaliers, as they're not a good basketball team, are trash defensively and are one of the worst teams in the league against the spread. The problem is the Milwaukee Bucks haven't been much better, as what used to be a defensive team isn't getting stops and the confidence is dropping. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight of their last 10 meetings against the Bucks and should be happy to finally be home after a lengthy road trip. We're also getting a small line with the Cavs. I'll lay the bucket with the home team.