The Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers meet for the first time this season in a clash between two Eastern Conference powerhouses.
The Bucks still cling to the No. 2 seed in the East despite losing three of their last four games, while the Cavaliers have slipped to the No. 4 seed after losing four in a row .
One of those brawling teams will bounce back with a win on Wednesday – the only question is which?
Unsurprisingly, the Bucks are favored at home on the spread and moneyline against the skidding Cavaliers. This game also features one of the lowest totals on Wednesday’s list, which makes sense given how well both defenses have performed so far.
The Cavaliers started the season strong, winning eight straight at one point. However, they have since come down to earth, losing four games in a row, including their last three away matches.
It’s hard to see them bouncing back on the road here against the Bucks, who have one of the most talented rosters in the NBA and are currently top of the league in defensive ratings. Milwaukee is having a brief rough patch, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is having another stellar season and can usually lead his team to victory any night.
Cleveland also has outstanding defense (third in defensive rankings) and should get Donovan Mitchell back, but Jarrett Allen will still miss and likely just go short on the road in a low-scoring game.
Prediction: Dollars 108 | Riders 104
As mentioned, both of these teams are in the top 3 of the defensive rankings, so it will be tough to get points in this game. Milwaukee is already struggling to score as is (23rd in offensive rating), while Cleveland is playing at one of the slowest paces in the league (26th).
Giannis and Mitchell will get theirs, but their teammates might struggle to find open looks and there will likely be plenty of missed shots as a result. Expect both teams to have bad nights of shooting here as they try to crash.
The total is already quite low, but betting on the under still seems like a good bet.
Bet: Under 217.5 points (-110)
Game odds are updated periodically and are subject to change.