The Milwaukee Bucks (30-20) host the New York Knicks (23-26) at the Fiserv Forum on Friday Night for an Eastern Conference matchup. The New York Knicks enter this contest in the 11th position in the East and are 11-12 on the road this season. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks are 17-8 at home this year and have won three of their previous four contests.
New York Knicks Betting Preview: Knicks Continue Recent Struggles
The Knicks have only one win in their last six games, including their winless road trip, and they’re struggling to generate enough offense. They were thrashed by the Heat 110-96, falling behind 30-16 in the opening quarter and never really getting back on track. Julius Randle had 11 points and three assists for the Knicks, while RJ Barrett was restricted to 17 points and three assists.
New York has now failed to score 100 points in four of their last six games. The Knicks rank 27th in scoring this season, averaging 103.8 points per game while shooting 43.5 percent from the field, which is also 27th. These flaws might be exposed against a Bucks club that ranks seventh in field goal and three-point defense.
Milwaukee Bucks Betting Preview: Bucks Three-Game Winning Streak Snapped
On Wednesday, Milwaukee’s three-game winning streak ended in Cleveland when the Bucks were defeated 115-99. The wheels came off after the Bucks built a nine-point lead after one quarter, as the Cavaliers outscored them 69-42 over the following two quarters to put the game out of reach. Milwaukee was outshot from three-point range, going 9-for-32, while Cleveland went 19-for-42 for a 45.2 percent clip. In addition, Buck’s bench was outscored 57-15.
Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his MVP form, scoring 26 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and dishing out three assists despite the loss. Khris Middleton had 21 points, four rebounds, and four assists, and Bobby Portis was the third starter to score 20 points and grab seven rebounds. This season, the Greek Freak is on an absolute tear, ranking fourth in scoring (28.6), while collecting 11.2 rebounds per game.
Knicks vs. Bucks betting lines
MyBookie has the Milwaukee Bucks listed as the 9.5-point home favorite, while the total number of points is at 215.5 in the latest Knicks vs. Bucks odds.
Free Betting Pick
This will be the fourth meeting between these two teams this season, with the Knicks winning the first and Bucks winning the last two. It will be hard to back the Knicks in this matchup as they have been exceedingly inconsistent this season, going 9-11 ATS as underdogs.
On the other hand, Milwaukee is regaining its form despite a setback to the Cavaliers, another great Eastern Conference team. Milwaukee has a 17-8 home record into Friday’s game, and the Bucks crushed the Knicks 112-97 in their last matchup. The Bucks will score early and often, and this game should be over by halftime.