Cleveland Cavaliers vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 1/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+8.5)
The Cleveland Cavaliers (5-4) go to Fiserv Forum on Saturday where they'll meet the Milwaukee Bucks (5-3). The line on this contest has Milwaukee as 8.5-point favorites. The total is set at 228.
The Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Memphis Grizzlies and took home the win by a score of 94-90 in their last contest. Cleveland ended the game having earned a 45.6% FG percentage (36 of 79) and knocked down 13 out of their 30 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Cavaliers knocked down 9 of their 16 shots for a rate of 56.3%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they earned 37 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 24 assists in the game while earning 11 steals and 3 blocked shots. In relation to the defense, Cleveland allowed 43.4% from the field on 36 out of 83 shooting. Memphis distributed 27 dimes and had 13 steals for this contest. Additionally, the Grizzlies collected 48 boards (11 offensive, 37 defensive) and got 6 blocked shots. Memphis ended up shooting 87.5% from the charity stripe by knocking down 7 of their 8 tries. They buried 11 of 31 attempts from 3-point range.
Andre Drummond is a guy who was a contributor for the contest. He accumulated 22 points on 9 out of 20 shooting. He played for 37:21 minutes and collected 15 rebounds. Drummond shot 45.0% from the field and also dished out 3 assists. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Cavaliers was Larry Nance. He grabbed 3 rebounds and also accounted for 4 dimes. He ended up shooting 100.0% from the field in the game by going 7-of-7 (18 points). Overall, Nance saw the court for 34:50 minutes.
Cleveland heads into this game with a win-loss record of 5-4 for the season. They average 102.1 points per contest (29th in the league) while hitting 45.0% from the field. The Cavaliers are hitting 35.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (89 of 251) and 66.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Cleveland is grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game and has earned 225 assists for the year, which is 5th in the NBA in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 16.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.4 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Cavaliers are forcing their opponents into 19.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.2 fouls. They are currently ranked 22nd in the NBA in giving up assists with 219 relinquished for the year. The Cavaliers defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.5% (179 of 173) and they surrender 46.7 rebounds per game as a team. They are relinquishing 39.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 2nd in basketball in PPG from their opponents (103.3).
In their last game, the Milwaukee Bucks took home the win by a final score of 130-115 against the Detroit Pistons. The Bucks snagged 38 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 47 in the matchup. They blocked 4 shots while recording 5 steals in this matchup. The Pistons were called for 20 personal fouls in this game which took the Bucks to the charity stripe for a total of 21 shots. They were able to make 13 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 61.9%. Pertaining to 3-point attempts, Milwaukee knocked down 19 out of their 43 attempts (44.2%). Overall, the Bucks went 49 for 90 from the field which had them sitting at 54.4%. The Bucks permitted the Pistons to convert 38 out of 97 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 39.2% in this matchup. They went 31.7% from three-point range by going 13 of 41 and finished the contest at 26 out of 30 from the free throw line (86.7%). In regard to team rebounding, Milwaukee allowed Detroit to pull down 47 in total (15 on the offensive glass).
Giannis Antetokounmpo was important for the Bucks for the game. He made 8 of 15 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 53.3%, which had him sitting at 25 points. Antetokounmpo snagged 8 rebounds in his 28:28 mins of time on the hardwood and accounted for 4 assists for this game. One more player who was a determining factor for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He was able to score 23 points in 31:02 mins on the court by way of 9 of 15 shooting in the game. Middleton ended the game having shot 60.0% from the field and also contributing 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
Milwaukee has a record of 5-3 so far this season. Milwaukee has earned 1,002 points this season (125.3 per game) and they collect 48.5 rebounds per game. The Bucks are committing 20.5 personal fouls per game and they shoot 74.4% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Bucks are shooting 50.5% from the floor, which is 1st in the NBA. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 27.5 times per contest (3rd in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.6 times per contest. The Bucks defensively are ranked 18th in basketball in points given up per game with 111.6. They allow 22.1 assists and 41.0 boards every game, which is ranked 4th and 3rd in the league. The Milwaukee defense surrenders 35.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (106 of 295) and opponents are making 80.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 14.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.5% from the field (8th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Cleveland (+8.5)
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