Cleveland Cavaliers (5-4) at Milwaukee Bucks (5-3)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Fiserv Forum)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -15.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to the Fiserv Forum to battle the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in decent shape as they’ve won five of their first nine games and they will be looking to build some momentum after outlasting the Grizzlies in a 94-90 road win on Thursday. Andre Drummond led the team with 22 points, 15 rebounds and three assists, Larry Nance Jr. added 18 points on seven of seven shooting while Cedi Osman chipped in with 16 points and seven assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 45 percent from the field and 13 of 30 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in trouble against the shorthanded Grizzlies, until the final 4:37 where they closed the game on a 10-2 run to escape with the win. Collin Sexton sat out the game with a sprained left ankle and is currently listed as questionable for Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been in decent form as they’ve won four of their last six games, but they will be looking to bounce back after last night’s 131-118 loss to the Jazz. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 35 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Khris Middleton added 31 points with 10 rebounds and four assists while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 17 points and five assists. As a team, the Bucks shot 44 percent from the field and 13 of 42 from the 3-point line, but the problem was their defense as they allowed 65 points in the first half and 104 after three quarters. There was just no cooling down the Jazz who shot a ridiculous 25 of 53 from the 3-point line.
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team above .600 and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games playing on one days rest. The Bucks are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on zero days rest.
Head to head, the over is 35-17 in the last 52 meetings overall, the Cavaliers are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Milwaukee and the Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Cavaliers have been in decent form as they’ve been surprising some teams lately, but they’re likely to be severely shorthanded in the backcourt which is where their strength lies. With that being said, I think the Bucks will be eager to get back on the court after last night’s tough loss to the Jazz which spells trouble for the Cavaliers who are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings overall. I’m going with the Bucks to get back in the win column with a blowout here.