NBA Prediction: Bucks vs. Cavs
The Bucks are laying 10.5 points on Friday night in Cleveland where they’ll take on the Nets at 7:30 p.m. ET. Will Milwaukee cover that number or is there a better play on the board when it comes this matchup?
517 Milwaukee Bucks (-10.5) at 518 Cleveland Cavs (+10.5); o/u 228
7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, February 5, 2021
Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Milwaukee Bucks DFS Spin
Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-doubled in Wednesday’s easy win over the Pacers with 21 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and four turnovers in 31 minutes. The Bucks owned this matchup last season, going 3-1 against Indy in their regular-season series — and they won at home by an average of 23.5 points. Both teams have moved around some key pieces, but the results were the same tonight, with Milwaukee running Indiana out of the building with a 20-point victory. The Pacers had zero answers for The Greek Freak, who drilled his first five shots and finished 7-of-8 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line.
Cleveland Cavs DFS Spin
Taurean Prince struggled in Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers, going 3-of-8 from the floor for seven points, two rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer and one steal over 28 minutes. Prince appeared to tweak his ankle during this game, and while he was able to play through it, it wouldn’t be shocking if he ends up needing to skip Friday’s game vs. the Bucks with it being the first of a back-to-back. If he needs to miss a game, and Larry Nance (wrist) joins him, then Cedi Osman could be headed for a start. Osman hit 4-of-9 shots for nine points, four boards, one assist, one 3-pointer and one steal over 18 minutes in the 22-point loss to Los Angeles.
Bucks vs. Cavs Betting Prediction
The over is the play for me tonight, as it has cashed in 27 of last 39 meetings between these two teams and is 4-0 the last four times the Bucks have been favored. The over is also 11-5 in the Milwaukee’s last 16 games as a road favorite, is 4-0 in the Bucks’ last four games overall and is 5-0 in the Cavs’ last five games as a home underdog. The over is also 6-1 in Cleveland’s last seven games as a home underdog and is 9-2 in the Cavs’ last 11 games following a double-digit home loss.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: BUCKS/CAVS OVER 228