Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Milwaukee Bucks 1/21/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Milwaukee Bucks 1/21/23
Sat 21st January 2023

It figures to be a low-scoring affair when the Cleveland Cavaliers (28-19, 19-5 Home) host the Milwaukee Bucks (29-16, 11-11 Away) on Saturday. Milwaukee topped the Toronto Raptors 130-122 at Fiserv Forum on Tuesday.

Jrue Holiday was the standout player with 37 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. The Bucks are second in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland is playing the second of a back-to-back after coming up short yesterday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, falling to the Golden State Warriors 120-114.

Darius Garland had 31 points and 10 assists in the loss, leading the team. The Cavaliers are the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.It’s the final meeting of the season between the teams.

Cleveland will be looking to level the season series after getting the win in only one of the three earlier meetings, including a 114-106 victory at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in December 2022.

Donovan Mitchell led the Cavaliers with 36 points and six assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 45 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.Antetokounmpo is averaging 31.0 points per game, fourth-highest in the NBA, to lead the Bucks in scoring this season.

Antetokounmpo also has grabbed 11.9 rebounds per game, second-most in the NBA. Meanwhile, Holiday is dishing 7.4 assists. Mitchell’s 28.4 points per game have powered the Cavs on offense. He has the ninth-highest scoring average in the NBA.

Garland is tallying 8.0 assists per game, fifth-most in the league, and Jarrett Allen is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers and the Bucks are two of the best defenses in the NBA, ranking second and fifth in defensive efficiency, respectively.

The Bucks have come up short in recent visits to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, losing six of the last 10. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 4-2 this season when playing two days in a row and 3-1 with a rest disadvantage.

The Bucks are 4-0 with a rest advantage. In the last 10 games, Milwaukee is 6-4 with an average margin of -2.7 (111.5-114.2). Cleveland has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 113.1 points per game on average while holding opponents to 111.8 (+1.3 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Joe Ingles: 18.3 | 13.2 | +5.2
Points per game:
Jrue Holiday: 27.0 | 19.4 | +7.6
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 7.0 | 31.0 | -24.0
Rebounds per game:
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 18.0 | 11.9 | +6.1
Assists per game:
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 10.0 | 5.3 | +4.7


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Donovan Mitchell: 23.7 | 37.0 | -13.3
Points per game:
Jarrett Allen: 17.8 | 13.8 | +4.0
Donovan Mitchell: 17.0 | 28.4 | -11.4

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Cleveland Cavaliers (-145)

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