Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/24/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 3:40 PM (Fiserv Forum)
The Line: Milwaukee -15
TV: FSOH, FSWI
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks duke it out at the Fiserv Forum on Sunday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a slump as they’ve lost six of their last nine games, but they were actually going for a third straight win before getting stopped by the Clippers in a 110-108 home loss on Friday. Kevin Love led the team with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson each scored 20 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 47 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the 3-point line as they hit the ground running to pour on 40 points in the first quarter and lead by as many as 15 points, but they couldn’t keep the pace in the second and third quarters where they were outscored by a combined 67-43. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 19-54 on the season and 13-25 at home.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been building nicely with six wins in their last nine games and they will be feeling pretty good after making light work of the Heat in a 116-87 home win on Friday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Khris Middleton added 18 points with eight rebounds and 10 assists while Ersan Ilyasova chipped in with 13 points off the bench. As a team, the Bucks shot 50 percent from the field and 17 of 34 from the 3-point line as they poured in 63 points in the first half to lead by 12 points going into halftime, before they put the game out of reach in the third quarter. With the easy win, Milwaukee improved to 54-19 overall and 29-6 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference and the Cavaliers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games overall. The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings, the over is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings in Milwaukee and the over is 17-7 in the last 24 meetings overall.
The Bucks lead the season series by 2-1, but it was the Cavaliers who won by 107-102 back on Tuesday, but the Bucks were shorthanded as they were without their leader in Antetokounmpo. With the Bucks back at full strength, I can’t see anything but an easy win for the Bucks, but the line just seems a little too hefty. Taking the Cavaliers with the points is tempting, but for me, it’s either the Bucks or nothing in this one.