Cleveland Cavaliers vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 12/18/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Bally Sports WI
Fiserv Forum is the location where the Milwaukee Bucks (19-11) will compete against the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-12) on Saturday.
The Cavaliers faced off with the Rockets and notched a win by a score of 124-89 in their last game. Cleveland walked away from the contest having earned a 56.3% field goal percentage (45 of 80) and knocked down 18 of their 40 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Cavaliers converted 16 of 24 tries for a percentage of 66.7%. In the matter of pulling down boards, they earned a total of 44 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 26 dimes for this contest while forcing 1 turnovers and earning 6 steals. Concerning defending, Cleveland allowed the other team to go 38.5% from the field on 30 out of 78 shooting. Houston doled out 41 dimes and had 20 steals for the game. On top of that, Houston snagged 31 boards (10 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Houston ended up shooting 68.6% from the charity stripe by making 24 of 35 attempts. They knocked down 5 of 29 shots from downtown. In relation to personal fouls, the Cavaliers ended up finishing with 25 and the Rockets totaled 16 personal fouls.
Darius Garland is a player who was a major contributor in the matchup. Garland shot 63.6% from the field and also recorded 3 dimes. He played 25 minutes and also collected 2 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting.
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Cleveland comes into this matchup with a record of 18-12 for the year. They are turning it over 15.8 times per contest and as a team they are committing 17.2 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Cleveland is snagging 45.0 rebounds per contest and has totaled 748 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 4th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Cavaliers are hitting 36.0% on shots from downtown (371 of 1,030) and 78.8% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 106.6 pts per contest (18th in the league) while connecting on 46.1% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Cavaliers are forcing their opponents into 14.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.5 personal fouls. They are 23rd in basketball in giving up assists with 710 conceded on the campaign. The Cavaliers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.2% (1,159 of 2,624) and they surrender 42.9 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 32.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 2nd in basketball in PPG allowed (101.5).
In their last game, the Bucks took home the win by a final score of 114-99 against the Pacers. The Bucks were able to collect 28 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 38 for the contest. They also turned it over 8 times, while earning 10 steals in the matchup. The Pacers committed 18 fouls for the matchup which took the Bucks to the free throw line for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to knock down 12 of the free throw tries for a rate of 80.0%. Regarding shots from downtown, Milwaukee converted 14 of their 29 attempts (48.3%). In all, the Bucks went 44 out of 90 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.9%. The Bucks permitted the Pacers to make 39 of 83 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.0% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 28.9% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 11 out of 38 and finished the contest at 10 of 11 at the free throw line (90.9%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, Milwaukee allowed Indiana to collect 34 overall (11 offensive).
Pat Connaughton was important for the Bucks in this game. Connaughton racked up 20 points in his 31 minutes on the court, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes. He made 7 of 9 in the game for a field goal rate of 77.8%, and had 2 rebounds.
Milwaukee has a win-loss record of 19-11 this year. The Bucks are responsible for committing 17.3 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 75.1% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 22.9 times per game (20th in basketball) and they cough up possession 14.4 times per game. Milwaukee has tallied 3,319 pts this season (110.6 per contest) and they pull down 47.3 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Bucks are hitting on 45.5% from the floor, which has them ranked 16th in the league.
The Milwaukee defense surrenders 33.9% from downtown (424 of 1,252) and their opposition makes 76.5% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 23.7 dimes and 44.4 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 14th and 12th in basketball. The Bucks on the defensive side of the court are 14th in basketball in PPG allowed with 106.6. They are forcing 13.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.7% from the field (4th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Milwaukee
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