Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks, Free Picks, Predictions, Las Vegas Odds and NBA Basketball Sports Betting

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Cleveland at Milwaukee, NBA Sports betting
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, October 20, 2017
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, FS Ohio (Cleveland), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
707 Cleveland Cavaliers -1½ -110 -120 Ov 209½ -110
708 Milwaukee Bucks +1½ -110 +100 Un 209½ -110

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Friday when the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks meet at Bradley Center.

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (1-0): Cleveland has eight new players on a team that went to the NBA Finals in each of the last three years, and point guard Derrick Rose was the best of the bunch with 14 points and four rebounds in 31 minutes in Tuesday’s opener. Wade, who signed to play with James after being bought out of his contract with the Chicago Bulls, managed eight points in 29 minutes in his Cavaliers debut. The arrivals of Rose and Wade pushed former starter J.R. Smith to the bench, but he responded with a solid game and paced the reserves with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in 22 minutes.

ABOUT THE BUCKS (1-0): Milwaukee bowed out in the first round of the playoffs last spring and has not advanced past the first round since the 2000-01 campaign, and Antetokounmpo is focused on the larger team goals already in 2017-18. “I think we’re capable of doing big things this year,” Antetokounmpo told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after Wednesday’s win. “We’ve just got to stay focused, stay grounded … and try to have the same mentality. We’re the underdogs. We’re not a big market team, we’re not a big team, we’re young, so we’ve just to play with a chip on our shoulder and hopefully this season we can be one of the best teams in the East.” Antetokounmpo has some help from reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, who scored 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting on Wednesday while holding Boston star Kyrie Irving to 7-of-25 from the floor.

Oddsmakers opened the Cavaliers as -3-point favorites versus the Bucks, while the game’s total opened at 211.5.

The heir to LeBron James’ throne as the best all-around player in the NBA could be Giannis Antetokounmpo, though James doesn’t appear ready to give up his spot. The two will square off when Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks host James’ Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

Antetokounmpo, 22, was strong in his 2017-18 debut on Wednesday, collecting 37 points on 13-of-22 shooting, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 108-100 win at the Boston Celtics. “We always hold the bar high for Giannis,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd told reporters. “For his opening day performance, he set the bar high now and we’re going to hold him to that.” James, 32, came up one assist shy of a triple-double in his 2017-18 debut with 29 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in a win over that same Boston team. “For a guy who has been out for most of training camp and to come back and play those minutes that he played, hit the shots he did — we lean on him,” Cleveland guard Dwyane Wade told of James, who sat out most of the preseason with an ankle injury. “We’re going to depend on him, and this is why he’s one of the greatest to do it. Not many people can do what he’s done.”

The Bucks were a 108-100 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Celtics. They covered the +1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (208) made winners of OVER bettors.

The Cavaliers were a 102-99 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Celtics. They failed to cover the -4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (201) made winners of UNDER bettors.

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Team record: 1-0 SU,0-1 ATS
Cleveland is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS
Milwaukee is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Milwaukee’s last 12 games
Milwaukee is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to Orlando Saturday, October 21
Milwaukee home to Portland Saturday, October 21

NBA Sports Betting Tips

1. Bucks SF Khris Middleton led the team with six assists on Wednesday.

2. Kevin Love made his debut as a starting C for the Cavaliers on Tuesday and responded with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

3. Cleveland took three of four in the series last season and six of the last seven meetings overall.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Cleveland Cavaliers will cover the spread at -1½ and the game will stay under 209½ points, according to scamdicappers
PREDICTION: Cavaliers 106, Bucks 103 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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