Monday, January 17 2022

Through 1 Quarter

The experts predicted a victory for the Milwaukee Bucks, but it’s no sure thing at this point. After one quarter neither squad has the game in the bag, but Milwaukee leads 26-24 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Bucks haven’t had any offensive standouts so far with all players held to six points or fewer. Cleveland is in a similar position to Milwaukee as their squad has been held to no more than six points.

Who’s Playing

Cleveland @ Milwaukee

Current Records: Cleveland 13-11; Milwaukee 15-9

What to Know

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t won a game against the Milwaukee Bucks since March 20 of 2019, but they’ll be looking to end the drought on Monday. Cleveland might have tired legs after a contest yesterday as they head on the road against Milwaukee at 8 p.m. ET Dec. 6 at Fiserv Forum. The Bucks should still be riding high after a big win, while the Cavaliers will be looking to regain their footing.

Cleveland was just a bucket shy of a victory on Sunday and fell 109-108 to the Utah Jazz. Point guard Darius Garland put forth a good effort for the losing side as he shot 5-for-8 from beyond the arc and finished with 31 points and five assists.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee took their matchup against the Miami Heat this past Saturday by a conclusive 124-102 score. The game was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point Milwaukee had established a 105-76 advantage. Their center Bobby Portis looked sharp as he dropped a double-double on 19 points and 16 boards.

The Cavaliers are expected to lose this next one by 7.5. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread, however, as they are currently on a seven-game streak of ATS wins.

Cleveland is now 13-11 while the Bucks sit at 15-9. Two defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Cleveland ranks second in the league when it comes to points allowed per game, with only 102 on average. As for Milwaukee, they have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.20%, which places them third in the league.

How To Watch

  • When: Monday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Fiserv Forum — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • TV: Bally Sports – Ohio
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $12.71

Odds

The Bucks are a big 7.5-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 7.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -112

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Series History

Milwaukee have won 12 out of their last 22 games against Cleveland.

  • Feb 06, 2021 – Milwaukee 124 vs. Cleveland 99
  • Feb 05, 2021 – Milwaukee 123 vs. Cleveland 105
  • Jan 09, 2021 – Milwaukee 100 vs. Cleveland 90
  • Dec 14, 2019 – Milwaukee 125 vs. Cleveland 108
  • Nov 29, 2019 – Milwaukee 119 vs. Cleveland 110
  • Oct 28, 2019 – Milwaukee 129 vs. Cleveland 112
  • Mar 24, 2019 – Milwaukee 127 vs. Cleveland 105
  • Mar 20, 2019 – Cleveland 107 vs. Milwaukee 102
  • Dec 14, 2018 – Milwaukee 114 vs. Cleveland 102
  • Dec 10, 2018 – Milwaukee 108 vs. Cleveland 92
  • Mar 19, 2018 – Cleveland 124 vs. Milwaukee 117
  • Dec 19, 2017 – Milwaukee 119 vs. Cleveland 116
  • Nov 07, 2017 – Cleveland 124 vs. Milwaukee 119
  • Oct 20, 2017 – Cleveland 116 vs. Milwaukee 97
  • Feb 27, 2017 – Cleveland 102 vs. Milwaukee 95
  • Dec 21, 2016 – Cleveland 113 vs. Milwaukee 102
  • Dec 20, 2016 – Cleveland 114 vs. Milwaukee 108
  • Nov 29, 2016 – Milwaukee 118 vs. Cleveland 101
  • Apr 05, 2016 – Cleveland 109 vs. Milwaukee 80
  • Mar 23, 2016 – Cleveland 113 vs. Milwaukee 104
  • Nov 19, 2015 – Cleveland 115 vs. Milwaukee 100
  • Nov 14, 2015 – Milwaukee 108 vs. Cleveland 105

Injury Report for Milwaukee

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: Game-Time Decision (Calf)
  • Grayson Allen: Game-Time Decision (Illness)
  • George Hill: Out (Knee)
  • Semi Ojeleye: Out (Calf)
  • Donte DiVincenzo: Out (Ankle)
  • Brook Lopez: Out (Back)

Injury Report for Cleveland

  • Dean Wade: Out (Calf)
  • Collin Sexton: Out for the Season (Knee)

Source: CBSSports.com

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