Bucks vs Cavaliers Prediction NBA Picks 1/17/24

Cleveland Cavaliers (23-15) vs Milwaukee Bucks (28-12)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 7:30 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 238 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Milwaukee Bucks invade the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Here’s a Bucks vs Cavs Prediction.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are starting to heat up again as they are now gunning for a fourth straight victory after outlasting the Kings in a 143-142 overtime win on Sunday. Damian Lillard led the team with 29 points and eight assists, Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied a triple-double of 27 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists while Malik Beasley tallied 23 points with five assists. As a team, the Bucks shot 52 percent from the field and a sizzling 20 of 43 from the 3-point line as they missed out on a chance to close out the game in regulation, before they made up for it in overtime where the Bucks' Lillard drained the long distance game winner to carry the team over the line. The Bucks will play against the Pistons in a back-to-back set after this one.

Milwaukee Bucks Player Facts

  • Malik Beasley ranks 1st amongst qualified players for 3P% (48.1%) this season.
  • Damian Lillard ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for FT% (92.2%) this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in great form as they've won 10 of their last 13 games overall and they will be eager to build on their current five-game win streak after routing the Bulls in a 109-91 win on Monday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 34 points and seven assists on 11 of 21 shooting, Caris LeVert added 16 points with seven assists off the bench while Jarrett Allen chipped in with 10 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 41 percent from the field and 20 of 57 from the 3-point line, but this win was more about their defense especially in the fourth quarter where they restricted the Bulls to just 14 points to make it a blowout win. The Cavs will face the Hawks after this game.

Cleveland Cavaliers Player Facts

  • Donovan Mitchell ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.9) this season.
  • Jarrett Allen ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for FG% (66.8%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Cavaliers rank 2nd in the league for Q2 opponent points per game this season (26.5).
  • The Cavaliers rank 3rd in the league for opponent points per game this season (110.7).
  • The Bucks rank 30th in the league for opponent turnovers per game this season (11.8).
  • The Bucks rank 30th in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (82.2%).

Bucks vs Cavs Prediction

The Bucks are coming into this one with a full squad while the Cavaliers have listed Caris LeVert as questionable for this one. The Bucks have yet to really hit their stride this season, but they're still winning games and are coming into this one with plenty of confidence following their thrilling overtime win on Sunday, while the Cavaliers have been playing some of their best basketball of the season to win 10 of their past 13 games. You can make an argument for either side here, but with the line so short, I'm leaning towards the Bucks to get the win and cover on the road.

 

 

Peter’s Pick Milwaukee -4.5

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