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Cavaliers vs Bucks Betting – Cavaliers Will Tame Bucks

Posted by Craig Parsons on 3/5/2010 1:46:17 PM

NBA Odds: Pick West Ham -135

Cleveland Cavaliers (28-14) hold the best record in the whole NBA while the Milwaukee Bucks (31-29) are on a tear and trying to solidify a playoff position after winning seven of their last eight.

  • What: NBA Betting
  • When: Saturday March 6 – 8:30pm EST
  • Where: Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
  • KeyStats:At 8-2 the Bucks have a better record than the Cavs (7-3) in the last 10 games.

The Storyline – Cavaliers vs Bucks betting odds breakdown

Cleveland has won both games this season and is primed to win another one as they are on a five-game win streak. Milwaukee has played very well at home (19-9) and is on a tear of its own however the Bucks are just not in the class of the Cavaliers. The two pieces to the Cavaliers puzzle should have a big impact as Antawn Jamison scored 35 points and grabbed 19 rebounds while shooting a scorching 58 percent from the floor in two games against Milwaukee, with Washington.

Offensive Matchups – Cavaliers vs Bucks betting odds breakdown

Those doing sports betting should know LeBron James leads the league in scoring and is about as unstoppable as a player can be. Averaging 29.8 points a game, he has only been held under 20 points on four occasions this season. Luckily for the Bucks, his 14 point performance on December 6 was in Milwaukee; unlucky was his 10 assists and in their next meeting being two rebounds shy of a 26-point triple-double. The team puts up 102.7 a game and have averaged a whopping 114.8 during their current five-game winning streak. Adding another offensive weapon at the deadline by bringing in Jamison, Cleveland is no longer reliant on a one man offense however since he is rarely shut down, LeBron usually steals the show

Milwaukee gained a lot of offence with the acquisition of John Salmons as he has averaged over 20 points in his eight games since joining the Bucks; including 54 in the past two. After averaging 98 points over the rest of the season, Milwaukee has scored 104.6 over their past five games. Andrew Bogut is a load down low and with an always dangerous Brandon Jennings running the point, this team can put up points in bunches is they get rolling; just ask New Orleans who gave up 115 points to the Bucks on February 24.

Betting Edge: Cavaliers

Defensive Matchups – Cavaliers vs Bucks betting odds breakdown

The Cavaliers are one of the best at pressuring the shooter resulting in a league low 43.8 percent shooting by opposing teams; bad news for a Bucks team that has one of the worst percentages in the league. After having one of the biggest front lines, Cleveland has become undersized in a matter of weeks. First trading 7’3” Zydrunas Ilgauskas (since been waived and expected to sign back in weeks) and then having 7’1” Shaquille O’Neal go down to injury they have been forced to start the 6’9” J.J. Hickson with 6’8” Leon Powe in reserve. Even with his athleticism and strength, Hickson will be in tough against one of the premiere centers in the league

In the past eight games, Bogut has blocked 30 shots including five on four different occasions. Vaulting him to stand amongst the league leaders he has been able to solidify the center of the Bucks defence. Allowing just 97 points a game and having the ability to slow the game down, Milwaukee has been in a lot of low scoring affairs like the 84-82 loss against Cleveland in the last meeting between the teams. They are also capable of complete shutdown games as in the last 10 games they have held different opponents to 77, 71 and 67 points.

Betting Edge: Bucks

Notable Injuries – Cavaliers vs Bucks betting odds breakdown

Daniel Gibson missed a couple games this week due to the birth of his son and should be back if the mother and baby are given a clean bill of health. Sebastian Telfair will be out a couple weeks with a ruptured groin muscle and Shaquille O’Neal is out eight weeks after having thumb surgery.

Michael Redd underwent yet another knee surgery and is officially done for the season but considering he never really started it, playing only 18 games, his absence will not affect Milwaukee.

Betting Edge: Bucks

Betting Prediction – Cavaliers vs Bucks betting odds breakdown

The experts doing the sportsbook know that even though the Bucks have the edge in two of the three categories, they are lacking in one major one; LeBron James. He has the ability to win a game single handily in a manner that few in the league possess. Milwaukee just does not have anyone that can stop him or attempt to equal him and will lose because of it.

Pick: Cavaliers


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