The Bucks and Cavs will meet on ESPN tonight and this will be their second meeting of the season. The Bucks won the first meeting 119-111 and they are favored again in this one by -3.5 on the road. Let's take a closer look at this matchup and get into our Bucks vs Cavs Prediction - NBA Picks 1/17/24.
The Bucks are lighting it up offensively, averaging 125.0 points per game, ranking them as the second-highest scoring team in the NBA.
Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the way for Milwaukee, averaging 31.2 points and 11.4 rebounds. The team's shooting efficiency is impressive, with a 50.2% field goal average and 38.3% from the three-point line.
Defensively, Milwaukee has shown strength in three-point defense, holding opponents to 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc.
The Cavaliers have a strong defensive presence, ranking third in the league by allowing only 110.7 points per game.
Offensively, they average 113.1 points per game, with notable contributions from Donovan Mitchell, who averages 28.1 points and 5.8 assists.
Injuries have impacted the team, with key players like Evan Mobley and Darius Garland currently out. The Cavaliers are also efficient in rebounding, standing eighth in the NBA with 44.9 boards per contest.
The matchup is expected to be intense, given both teams' recent winning streaks — the Cavaliers with five consecutive wins and the Bucks with three.
It will be tough for the Cavs to keep pace with the Bucks with Garland, Mobley, and possibly LeVert all out of this game tonight.
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Bucks 120 Cavs 112