Check out our free Bucks vs Knicks pick and preview for this NBA game in New York. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
The Bucks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 25-14. So far, the team has gone 20-17-2 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
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The Bucks are coming off a disappointing 138-109 loss to the Hornets. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 10 points. In the defeat, Milwaukee did not outscore the Hornets in a single quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Bobby Portis, as he contributed 19 points while hitting 70.0% of his shots.
So far, the Knicks have put together an overall record of 22-18, while going 21-18-1 vs the spread. New York comes into the game having rattled off 4 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 11.5 points per game
New York is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Raptors at home. With the 112-108 victory, they also covered the spread as 3 point underdogs. New York only let the Raptors marginally cut into their 10 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was Julius Randle, as he contributed 32 points while hitting 45.5% of his shots.
I Similar to their season-long average, the Bucks averaged 111.25 points per game vs the Knicks. Just like the Bucks, the Knicks maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 104.5 points per game vs Milwaukee. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-0-1 in favor of the Bucks. In these matchups, Milwaukee has averaged 115 points per game, while allowing 103. In these contests, they averaged a combined 218 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
This season, the Milwaukee offense is ranked 18th in the NBA in scoring at 112.4 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bucks are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 100.1 per contest. Right now, the Bucks offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 22nd in effective field goal percentage.
Currently, the Bucks defense is ranked 19th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.13 points per game vs the unit.
Power-Foward Giannis Antetokounmpo currently leads the Bucks at 32.0 points per game. For the season, he is 2nd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 23.8% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Antetokounmpo is averaging 11.8 boards and 5.2 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 16th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Bobby Portis enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 39 games, he is averaging 14.2 and is 70th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Through 40 games, the Knicks are averaging 114.2 points per contest, placing them 15th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Knicks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.0 made 3’s per game. If the New York offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 4th in fewest turnovers per game.
So far, the Knicks have played well defensively, as they are ranked 6th in the league at 106.6 points per contest.
This season, the Knicks offense has primarily worked through Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 40 games, Randle is 22nd in the NBA at 24.4 points per game. So far, him and Brunson have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jalen Brunson is grabbing 3.4 rebounds for New York to go along with 6.6 assists.