The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN. Can the Cavaliers cover the 4-point spread as home underdogs? Continue reading for Bucks vs. Cavaliers betting predictions.
The Milwaukee Bucks are 28-12 in the regular season this year. They are 16-23-1 ATS this season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 23-15 in the regular season this year. They are 19-17-2 ATS this season.
Bucks vs. Cavaliers match odds and betting
503 Milwaukee Bucks (-4) at 504 Cleveland Cavaliers (+4); o/u 236.5
7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH
Bucks vs. Cavaliers general betting info
Our NBA Public Betting Information page shows that 57% of public bettors are currently backing the Bucks. However, this information may change throughout the day, so be sure to check the link for the most up-to-date public betting data.
Milwaukee Bucks daily fantasy rotation
Small forward Khris Middleton (knee), Jae Crowder (groin), and Chris Livingston (illness) are all listed as probable for Wednesday night's game against the Cavaliers. Crowder has been out since Nov. 11 with a left sprain and abdominal tear but is expected to return for the game against Cleveland.
Middleton is having a solid year as he averages 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game in 34 games for Milwaukee. Livingston has averaged 4.5 minutes per contest in 11 games of action this year.
Cleveland Cavaliers daily fantasy rotation
Cavaliers starting center Ivan Mobley (knee) and starting point guard Darius Garland (jaw) will both be out for Wednesday's home opener against the Bucks. Mobley is averaging 16.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season. He is expected to return in early February. Before the injury, Garland was averaging 20.7 points and 5.9 assists per game. He was cleared to resume basketball-related activities and plans to return next week.
Cleveland shooting guard Caris LeVert is questionable for Wednesday's game with a sore right wrist. LeVert is averaging 16.4 points and 4.1 assists per contest in 30 games of action this year. If LeVert is unable to play, the Cavs will likely turn to a combination of guards Sam Merrill and Craig Porter to fill their minutes.
Bucks vs Cavaliers NBA betting trends
Milwaukee is 7-9 ATS this season as one of the most popular road games.
Milwaukee is 3-8 ATS with the rest of the streak this season.
Cleveland is 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games against Milwaukee.
Cleveland is 12-8-1 ATS when playing on 1 day rest this season.
Bucks vs Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
It looks like the Bucks may have an emotional breakdown in this game. Milwaukee's last game was Sunday night at home against Sacramento. The Bucks won that game 143-142 on a last-second 30+ three-pointer by Damian Lillard. It was a miraculous win. It may be difficult for the Bucks to rise to play against a Cleveland team that is missing several key players.
The Cavaliers have been good lately even without the services of Evan Mobley or Darius Garland. Cleveland is 7-2 straight up and 6-3 ATS in their last nine games. They still have Donovan Mitchell, Jarrett Allen and Max Strauss available. All three players are averaging over 13 points per game this season. Two stats should solidify Cleveland in this case: The Cavaliers are 12-10-2 ATS in conference play this year, while the Bucks are 14-16-1 ATS against Eastern Conference foes in 2024. I think the Cavaliers will either win. This game is completely or very close to it at home on Wednesday night.