NBA Basketball Betting Preview: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers for 1/26/2022

NBA Basketball Betting Preview: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers for 1/26/2022

Ayden Fahlstrom
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Darius Garland throws puts the ball in play against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 18, 2021

Milwaukee visits Cleveland on Wednesday night, pitting two Eastern Conference contenders against each other at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bucks are coming off an six-point win against Sacramento, 133-127. The Cavaliers are coming off a two-point win against the Knicks, 95-93. Each team is expected to be without key contributors.

Bucks Hope to Get Greek Freak Back and Snap Three Game Road Losing Streak

Milwaukee is currently on a hot streak going for their fourth consecutive win The Bucks are playing well at the moment and come into this game on a three-game winning streak. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Cavaliers, which will give them their fourth win in a row and snap their road losing streak.

In their last game, they scored 133 points, making 49.5 percent of their field goals and 50 percent of their three-pointers. With 34 points, six rebounds, and five assists, Khris Middleton led the Bucks. Meanwhile, Donte DiVincenzo added 20 points and three rebounds to Jrue Holiday's 26 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Milwaukee has been strong on defense scoring 108.2 points per game on average, while the defense has been just as stout conceding 108 points per game. They handed up 127 points in their previous game and will have to improve if they wish to win.

Cavaliers Looking for Third Consecutive Win

Following their loss against the Bulls, the Cavaliers have won their last two games. With a win versus the Bucks, they will have won seven of their last eight games.

Cleveland is scoring 107 points per game on average but has struggled to score in their past two games, failing to break the 95 point barrier. In their last game, they scored 95 points, making 43.2 percent of their field goals and 36.1 percent of their three-pointers. Kevin Love had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers, while Isaac Okoro added 14 points and six rebounds to Evan Mobley's 15 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists.

Cleveland has also been strong on defense, allowing 101.1 points per game. They surrendered 93 points in their previous game and will need to match that effort if they are to win this one.

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Betting Odds and Lines 

In a game with a total of 217 points, Milwaukee opened as a 4-point road favorite. Milwaukee is 21-28 against the spread this season, with a 14-17 ATS record while playing as four-point favorites.

In 48 games with a set spread, Cleveland has covered the spread 30 times. So far this season, the Cavaliers have gone 15-8 against the spread in games where they were favored by four points or more.

Free Betting Pick

The Bucks have won their previous three games, but they have struggled on the road recently, losing their last three. They'll be up against a Cleveland squad that has won six of its previous seven games, including three straight at home, so I anticipate a tight battle in this matchup. 

The Cavaliers have a strong offensive game, particularly at home, where they hit 47 percent of their attempts. They are dominant in the paint and on the offensive glass. Despite their strong defensive play, the Bucks have struggled in their last three games. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who missed their last game and is questionable to return in this one. I expect the Bucks to struggle slowing the Cavs offense down with or without the Greek Freak.

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