Looking to win big? The Bucks and Cavaliers face off at 7:30 ET on NBA. The Cavaliers are hosting the game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH. The Bucks are favored in this Central division showdown. The game's over/under is currently at 239.5 points.


The Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +5.5

This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 7:30 ET on Friday, December 29th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-110 in favor of the Bucks.
  • Our projections have Giannis Antetokounmpo finishing with Giannis Antetokounmpo points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Bucks finishing with a field goal percentage of 51.8% and knocking down 14 threes.

Can the Bucks Pull Off a Road Win?

So far this season, the Bucks have been favored in 30 of their 31 games and have a record of 23-7. Against the spread, they are 13-17 as the favorite and have covered the spread in 2 straight games.

When playing on the road, Milwaukee is 7-6 straight up and 7-6 ATS. Their average scoring differential on the road is +4.5 points per contest.

In the Eastern Conference, the Bucks are currently in 2nd place and 1st in the Central division. Against other teams in the East, Milwaukee is 19-8 and 4-0 in non-conference games.

In their last game, the Bucks took down the Nets by a score of 144-122. They easily covered the spread as 9.5-point favorites, winning by 22. The over/under line in the game was 244 points.

For the season, the average over/under line in their games is 237.1 and their games have combined to average 244.4 points per contest. The over/under record for the Bucks this season is 21-10.

In their last game, the Bucks put up 144 points vs. the Nets. They shot 58.4% from the field and made 23 threes. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the team's leading scorer, averaging 30.8 PPG. Damian Lillard is also averaging 25.7 PPG entering the game.

At present, the Bucks' defense is ranked 24th, allowing 119.2 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Bucks defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.2% while allowing 33.9% from downtown.

Do the Cavaliers Have a Shot at a Home Win?

So far this season, the Cavaliers have an over/under record of 16-15 and have had each of their games have an over/under line lower than the 239.5 line for today's matchup with the Bucks.

In their last game, Cleveland picked up a 113-110 win over the Mavericks. The over/under line for that game was 232 points, and their 3-point win also resulted in an ATS win as 6.5-point underdogs.

For the season, the Cavs are 15-14 against the spread and have covered the spread in two straight games as the underdog. As the underdog, their average scoring margin is -3.2 points per game.

As the underdog, Cleveland has an overall record of 6-7 and an average scoring margin of -3.2 points per game. On the road vs. the spread, they are 8-5 compared to their 9-7 overall road record.

In the Eastern Conference standings, the Cavaliers are currently in 6th place and 2nd in the Central Division. Against other teams in the East, they have gone 11-7 compared to 7-6 in non-conference matchups.

Cleveland is putting up 112.7 points per game at home this season, which is 24th in the NBA. Overall, they are 23rd in the league with 112.1 points per game. Donovan Mitchell is the team's leading scorer at 27.7 PPG. Max Strus has been a key contributor as well, averaging 14.1 PPG.

So far this season, the Cavaliers defense has been performing well, ranking 8th in the NBA at 111.8 points allowed per contest. On two point field goal attempts, the Cavaliers' defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 52.7% and allowing 35.6% from beyond the arc.