Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/14/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee -9.5
Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks (22-3, 1st in the Central Division) play the Cleveland Cavaliers (6-19, 5th in the Central Division) at Fiserv Forum on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Cleveland opens this contest as 9.5 point dogs. The O/U has been set at 222.
The Cavaliers cover 41.7% of the time, having gone 10-14-1 ATS. Milwaukee is covering the spread 52.0% of the time, going 13-12-0 against the spread.
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/12/2019 Dylan Windler SG Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Dec 14
Key Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
12/12/2019 Giannis Antetokounmpo PF Quadriceps Game Time Decision
12/12/2019 Dragan Bender SF Ankle Expected to be out until at least Dec 14
12/12/2019 Kyle Korver SG Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 14
Collin Sexton comes into this game averaging 17.8 points per contest while playing 30.5 minutes per night this year. He grabs 3.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.4 assists per game. His FG percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is 82%. Kevin Love averages 16.4 points per contest in 30.7 minutes per game. He averages 2.6 assists per game and 10.8 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% for the season while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Eric Bledsoe scores 15.2 points per contest while playing 27.0 minutes per game. He hauls in 5.0 rebounds per contest and has 5.7 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is at 80%. Giannis Antetokounmpo averages 30.9 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 31.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 13.2 rebounds per game and has 5.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 56% and his free throw percentage is 59%.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 103.2 points per contest, which is 28th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -9.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a unit, which has them ranked 26th. From 3-point territory they shoot 33%, which is good for 26th in the NBA. They average 43.6 boards per contest and 20.7 assists per game, which ranks them 21st and 28th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 11th with 15.7 per game. The Cavaliers allow 113.0 points per contest, which is 20th in the NBA. They also surrender a 49% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 29th and 27th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 44.2 rebounds a game which ranks 8th, and they allow 25.6 assists per game which puts them in 26th place in the league. They force 13.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 5th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Milwaukee is 1st in the NBA with 120.8 points per contest this season. They are 2nd in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 13.44. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 13th in the league. They are 1st in the NBA in rebounding with 51.6 boards per contest and 7th in assists per game with 26.0. The Bucks are 18th in turnovers per contest with 14.9. The Bucks give up 107.4 points per game, which ranks them 11th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 41% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 1st and 19th in those defensive statistics. They rank 15th with 23.9 dimes allowed per game and 20th with 46.0 boards surrendered per contest. The Bucks are 15th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.2 per contest this year.
The Cavaliers are 29th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.1, and their defensive rating of 114 is ranked 26th. In terms of pace they are 24th in the league with 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 27th. As a team they are 27th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 17th in the league. Cleveland is 7th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 56%, which is 2nd in the league.
Milwaukee is 21st in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 29th in the NBA. The Bucks are 3rd in the league in defensive rating with 101.6, and their offensive rating of 114.3 is ranked 1st. They are 1st in the NBA in pace with 105.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 56% is 1st. As a unit they are 1st in the league in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 44% of their shot attempts, ranking 3rd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Bucks NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Milwaukee -9.5
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