Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 1/21/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
The Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Milwaukee Bucks at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday.
The Bucks took the court against the Raptors and took home the win by a score of 130-122 in their last contest. Milwaukee walked away from the game having earned a 53.5% FG percentage (46 out of 86) and converted 19 out of their 39 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Bucks buried 19 of their 21 shots for a percentage of 90.5%. When talking about hauling in boards, they earned 42 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 24 dimes in this game while forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In terms of defense, Milwaukee let their opponent shoot 45.5% from the field on 46 out of 101 shooting. Toronto distributed 20 dimes and had 7 steals for the matchup. In addition, Toronto grabbed 50 rebounds (20 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Toronto finished 63.0% from the charity stripe by making 17 of 27 attempts. They also knocked down 13 of their 35 attempts from 3-point land. When it comes to fouls, the Bucks left the arena with 19 and the Raptors accumulated 14 fouls.
Jrue Holiday is one guy who was a contributor for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 37 points on 16 out of 26 shooting. He was on the court for 35 minutes and grabbed 6 boards. Holiday walked away from this one shooting 61.5% from the field and also dished out 7 assists.
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Milwaukee comes into this contest with a record of 29-16 for the year. They average 112.6 points per game (20th in the league) while hitting 45.6% from the floor. The Bucks are hitting 35.5% on 3-pointers (630 of 1,775) and 74.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Milwaukee is snagging 48.5 boards per contest and has racked up 1,108 dimes so far this season, which ranks 18th in basketball in terms of passing. They turn it over 15.2 times per game and as a group are committing 18.2 fouls per game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Bucks have forced 12.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.7 personal fouls. They give up 34.9% on three-point shots while they are 6th in the league in PPG allowed (111.3). The Bucks defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.4% (1,874 of 4,130) and they surrender 44.2 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are 2nd in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,022 surrendered this season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Cavaliers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 115-114 when they played the Grizzlies. When discussing rebounding, Cleveland permitted Memphis to grab 42 in total (15 on the offensive glass). They shot 32.4% from downtown by hitting 11 out of 34 and walked away from this one shooting 16 of 22 from the free throw line (72.7%). The Cavaliers allowed the Grizzlies to knock down 44 of 97 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.4% in this matchup. When the game finished, the Cavaliers shot 42 for 82 from the floor which had them at 51.2%. When it comes to 3-point attempts, Cleveland made 16 of their 35 tries (45.7%). They were able to make 14 of the free throws for a clip of 66.7%. The Grizzlies committed 19 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Cavaliers to the free throw line for a total of 21 tries. They gave up possession of the ball 16 times, while earning 4 steals for this contest. The Cavaliers collected 36 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 in this game.
Darius Garland pitched in for the Cavaliers for this contest. Garland had 24 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood and had 14 assists for the matchup. He buried 7 of 17 for the contest for a rate of 41.2%, and had 5 rebounds.
Cleveland has a mark of 28-18 for the campaign. The Cavaliers have committed 19.0 personal fouls per game and they hit 77.9% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 23.7 times per contest (23rd in basketball) and they are turning it over 14.3 times per game. Cleveland has accounted for 5,133 pts on the year (111.6 per game) and they grab 42.6 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Cavaliers are shooting 48.2% from the field, which ranks 7th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers on defense are ranked 1st in the NBA in points given up per game with 107.1. They are able to force 14.8 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.5% from the floor (8th in the league). The Cleveland defense allows 36.5% on shots from 3-point land (536 of 1,469) and opponents are converting on 76.8% of their free throw shots. They surrender 22.7 dimes and 40.0 boards per game, which is 1st and 1st in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland
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