Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers April 10 NBA Betting Odds & Pick
On the final day of the 2021-2022 NBA regular season, there are only a handful of games with playoff seeding implications.
Sunday’s matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers is one of those games, with both teams having clearly defined motivations coming into this contest. Those motivations could give the Cavs a huge advantage in this contest, as they are helped by a win much more than the Bucks are.
Bucks vs. Cavaliers Odds
The odds for this Bucks vs. Cavaliers matchup reflects the difference in motivation between these teams. Cleveland enters this contest as an eight-point favorite, as they are expected to do everything they can to pick up a win.
They are -350 on the moneyline, meaning that a $350 bet is required to win $100, while the Bucks are +270 underdogs, and a $100 bet on Milwaukee means a $270 profit.
Keys To The Game
The biggest key to this game is the motivation of each team coming into this regular-season finale. For the Milwaukee Bucks, it might be beneficial to lose this game as they look at the potential path they face in the postseason.
A win would clinch the two-seed for the Bucks, which would potentially set up a series against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, while a loss and a Celtics win over the Grizzlies would allow them to avoid that as the third seed.
Cleveland, meanwhile, is looking to pick up a win that would guarantee them a top-eight spot and two chances to advance through the Play-In Tournament.
Cleveland could finish anywhere from seventh to 10th after Sunday’s action, and a fall to ninth or 10th place would force them to win two play-in games without a loss to make the first round of the playoffs. As a result, the Cavs have a huge motivational edge in this matchup.
Those motivations have shown up in the injury reports for each team heading into this game. While Jarrett Allen is still out for the Cavaliers and Collin Sexton is done for the season, the rest of the key players for Cleveland are expected to be on the floor.
Milwaukee, meanwhile, is already confirmed to be sitting Brook Lopez for this matchup, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are questionable.
Bucks vs. Cavaliers Pick
Before making any decisions on betting this game, bettors will want to keep an eye on the latest NBA injury news. Milwaukee’s roster situation is especially fluid coming into this matchup, as they may be sitting one or two of their big three in a game that does not mean all that much to them.
Given the clear incentive for the Cavaliers to win and the Bucks to lose, it is hard to pick against the Cavaliers in this matchup. They should be able to win and cover the spread as eight-point favorites, especially if Giannis or Middleton are held out to keep them healthy for the postseason.
Expect the Cavs to cover the number while the Bucks avoid the first-round matchup that they do not want to face against Brooklyn.
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