From Big O to The King: Legends Born in the Bucks-Cavs Rivalry

When Do the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks Play Next?

Cleveland Cavaliers tickets and Milwaukee Bucks tickets can be found on their respective team pages, along with schedule information.

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Are the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks Rivals?

Yes, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks are rivals. The rivalry stems from both teams being part of the NBA’s Central Division.

Who are the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Biggest Rivals?

Along with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Cleveland Cavaliers have fierce rivalries with other NBA Central Division opponents: the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. The Cavaliers are also rivals with the Golden State Warriors, having played them in four straight NBA Finals between 2015-2018.

Who are the Milwaukee Bucks’ Biggest Rivals?

Besides the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Milwaukee Bucks’ biggest rivals are the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics. The Bucks also have a historic rivalry with the Philadelphia 76ers, having played them nine times in the NBA Playoffs since 1970.

Game Results Between the Cavaliers & Bucks

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks games are always a highly anticipated matchup. Heading into the 2023-24 NBA season, the Bucks lead the all-time series over the Cavs, 130-99. Last season, the teams played each other four times and split the series 2-2. The teams have never met in the playoffs.

DateHome TeamAway TeamLocationWinnerScore
01/21/2023CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland114-102
12/21/2022CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland114-106
11/25/2022BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee117-102
11/16/2022BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee113-98
04/10/2022CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland133-115
01/26/2022CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland115-99
12/18/2021BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumCleveland119-90
12/06/2021BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee112-104
02/06/2021CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseMilwaukee124-99
02/05/2021CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseMilwaukee123-105
01/09/2021BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee100-90
12/14/2019BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee125-108
11/29/2019CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseMilwaukee119-110
10/28/2019BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee129-112
03/24/2019BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee127-105
03/20/2019CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland107-102
12/14/2018CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseMilwaukee114-102
12/10/2018BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee108-92
03/19/2018CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland124-117
12/19/2017BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee119-116
11/07/2017CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland124-119
10/20/2017BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumCleveland116-97
02/27/2017CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland102-95
12/21/2016CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland113-102
12/20/2016BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumCleveland114-108
11/29/2016BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee118-101
04/05/2016BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumCleveland109-80
03/23/2016CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland113-104
11/19/2015CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland115-100
11/14/2015BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee108-105
04/08/2015BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumCleveland104-99
03/22/2015BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumCleveland108-90
12/31/2014CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseMilwaukee96-80
12/02/2014CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland111-108
04/11/2014BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee119-116
01/24/2014CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland93-78
12/20/2013CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland114-111
11/06/2013BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee109-104
01/25/2013CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland113-108
12/22/2012BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumCleveland94-82
12/14/2012CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseMilwaukee90-86
11/03/2012BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee105-102
04/04/2012BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee107-98
03/30/2012CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseMilwaukee121-84
03/14/2012BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee115-105
02/10/2012CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseMilwaukee113-112
04/09/2011BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee108-101
03/09/2011BucksCavaliersFiserv ForumMilwaukee110-90
01/21/2011CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseMilwaukee102-88
11/24/2010CavaliersBucksRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland83-81

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks History

The Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks rivalry has been going on since the Cavaliers joined the NBA in 1970 as part of the expansion. The Milwaukee Bucks, only joining the NBA two years earlier, destroyed the Cavaliers at first, winning 10 straight games against them from 1970-1973. The Bucks would also win their first NBA Championship during this era, in 1971.

Up to the beginning of the 1975-76 season, the Bucks dominated the Cavaliers with an impressive record of 18-2. That changed, and the Cavaliers went on to win 10 consecutive games against the Bucks between 1975-1977. The Milwaukee Bucks officially joined the Cavaliers in the Central Division of the NBA in 1980.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, this was yet again another era where the Bucks had complete control over the rivalry, winning 19 straight contests between 1979-1983. This was the largest win streak for either team in the history of the rivalry. The battle for the NBA’s Central Division raged on over the next few decades with a relatively even record between the teams. It wasn’t until 1994 that the Cavaliers gained momentum and defeated the Bucks in 10 straight games between 1994-1996.

The games between these teams have been very competitive in recent years. In 2016 the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship five years later the Bucks won their second championship. Although these teams have never played against each other in the NBA Playoffs, they continue to battle it out each season as rivals.

Where Do the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers Play?

The Milwaukee Bucks play their home games at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Located in the Deer District in Milwaukee, Fiserv Forum has been the home to the Bucks since it opened in 2018.

The Cleveland Cavaliers play their home games at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Originally named Gund Arena, The Cavaliers have called Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse their home since it opened in 1994.

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