Two Eastern Conference teams sitting within the playoff spots are clashing today, when the Cleveland Cavaliers (40-29) are hosting the Milwaukee Bucks (37-32), with both teams coming off single victories that want to turn into a streak and secure the highest seed possible in the upcoming postseason. Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-19-2018, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5
Cavaliers have a 40-29 record (22-46-1 against the spread) so far this season. Cleveland reside in third place of the Eastern Conference standings. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Bulls with a 114-109 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.1 ppg. The future Hall of Famer adds 8.6 rebounds and a team high 9 assists per game. He is followed by Kevin Love with 17.9 ppg and a team high 9.4 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury.
Bucks have a 37-32 record (27-35-5 against the spread) so far this season. Milwaukee is in 7th place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Hawks with a 112-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27.4 ppg. The All Star adds team highs both in rebounding with 10.1 per game and in assists made with 4.8 per game. He is followed by Khris Middleton with 20 ppg, 5.2 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
Cavaliers lead the Bucks 2-1 wins so far this season and the previous game in Cleveland ended with a 124-119 score for the Cavs. The Cavs are 22-11 at home so far this season. And the Bucks are 15-18 on the road. Cavaliers are better offensively, scoring 110.3 ppg to Bucks’ 105.5, while Bucks are better defensively, allowing 105.7 ppg to Cavs’ 110.1. Cavs have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.75% to Bucks’ 35.64%, while both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (47.76% and 47.58%). Cavs are also better in rebounding (41.9 to 39.7) and in assists made (23.5 to 22.6). Cavaliers are the absolute favorite for a much needed home victory and Vegas odds give them a -2.5 spread which they are expected to beat today.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5 (-109)
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