Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Jan 21, 2023

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers remain at home after Friday night’s defeat at the hands of the Warriors. 24 hours later they must face a well-rested Milwaukee Bucks squad.

January 21, 2023, 7:30 PM ET
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Pointspread +3 -110
Moneyline +127
Over / Under o +217.5


Betting Action


Pointspread -3 -110
Moneyline -152
Over / Under u +217.5


Betting Action


It’s an NBA scheduling quirk that may feel unfair to Cavs fans, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Milwaukee hasn’t had to tussle with anyone since Tuesday when they narrowly handled Toronto.

A tight game is expected from the pundits, who have placed Cleveland has slight -1.5 favourites on the NBA odds. The over-under has been tabulated at 220.5.

Bucks vs. Cavaliers NBA Betting Odds

In barely a two-month span Milwaukee and Cleveland will have completed their four-game regular season set. The first was in mid-November and two more occurred in rapid succession in December. The Bucks cling to a 2-1 lead. Moreover, home-court advantage has been the story, with all three previous matchups claimed by the team playing in front of its fans. Only one of the three contests was decided by less than 10 points.

Mike Budenholzer’s Milwaukee outfit is at a critical juncture of sorts. Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to be listed as Out (as of Saturday morning), making each game a greater challenge. Boston leads them in the Eastern Conference by only four and a half games, not an insurmountable deficit. Another reassuring detail is that they have won two games in a row against squads fighting to get into the playoffs (Pacers and Raptors). Furthermore, the spread was covered each time, improving the club’s record ATS to 24-18-3.

Just as the Bucks look up in the standings at the Celtics, the Cavaliers are themselves not far behind their Saturday night guests. Cleveland trails the Wisconsin-based club by only two games. Moreover, Donovan Mitchell and company have transformed Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse into a fortress with a shiny 19-5 record at home. Their strong 28-19 win-loss tally has not benefitted betters very much, however, as the Cavs are only 23-22-2 ATS.

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee deserves a lot of credit and, arguably, merited the four-day rest it’s had in the leadup to Saturday’s tilt. It was one thing to have Khris Middleton perpetually sidelined, but then The Greek Freak suddenly missed four straight games due to a knee injury. How much more can be asked of a team on whose shoulders the expectations weigh heavily?

That said, Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez and, in a twist, Grayson Allen, have done a splendid job carrying to torch. Tuesday’s tilt at home to the Raptors reminded observers that Milwaukee is far more than just Giannis. The back-and-forth 130-122 victory was earned through excellent shooting (53.5 per cent efficiency) and plenty of perfectly timed fast break points (the Bucks earned a 24 to 11 advantage in that regard). Even Fred VanVleet’s terrific night (39 points) didn’t deter the home side’s ambitions. While Jrue Holiday’s 37 points, six rebounds, and seven assists impressed, so did Grayson Allen superb 25 points and five rebounds.

Cleveland Cavaliers

J.B. Bicketstaff and his men will be kicking themselves for what happened on Friday night. Anything can happen on any given night in the NBA, but the 120-114 defeat to Golden State was surely a bitter pill to swallow.

For starters, the Cavaliers are a truly excellent home team, so losing in Cleveland is disappointing in and of itself. Secondly, the Warriors were coming off of a back-to-back, having played a trying overtime game in Boston the night before. Third, because of that, the visitors rested most of the players one would expect to cause the most damage (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson). Finally, Cleveland sports the NBA’s top-ranked defence in points conceded per match yet could not stop Golden State’s three-point tornado. All in all, the loss was a back look for a side that’s finding its way toward consistent success.

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