The New York Knicks (12-7) travel to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (14-6) on Tuesday, December 5th. This game will be played at Fiserv Forum in Fiserv Forum and televised on TNT. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Knicks vs Bucks
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
In the Knicks’ most recent game against the Raptors, Jalen Brunson led the Knicks with 22 points while going 9/21 from the field. Donte DiVincenzo also added 21 points as the Knicks won the game by a score of 119-106.
Coming into today’s matchup vs. the Bucks, the Knicks are 12-7 overall and are looking to stay above .500. In home games, the Knicks are 6-3 compared to a 6-4 road record.
In terms of the spread, New York currently holds an ATS record of 12-7, which is above .500. On the road, the Knicks have an ATS record of 7-3 compared to a 5-4 record vs. the spread at home.
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
In the game against the Hawks, Giannis Antetokounmpo was the top scorer for Milwaukee, recording 32 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 59.6%. Damian Lillard also added 25 points as the Bucks won the game by a score of 132-121.
When looking at their overall record of 14-6, the Bucks have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, the Bucks are 12-6 while going 2-0 in non-conference games.
Milwaukee has an overall ATS record of 8-12 for the season so far. On the road, the Bucks have an ATS record of 5-5, as opposed to a 3-7 record against the spread when playing at home.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
New York has recorded an average of 110.9 points per game (24th) throughout 19 games games. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Knicks are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 95.3 per contest. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, New York is just 27th in shots made inside the arc.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Milwaukee is averaging 121.1 points per contest. This figure places them 3rd in the league. The Bucks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.1 made 3’s per game. If the Milwaukee offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Knicks Team Defense
On average, the New York defense is giving up 105.5 points per game (1st). Right now, they are on a 2 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average.
In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Knicks defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.4% while allowing 35.5% from downtown.
Bucks Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Bucks’ defense is giving up an average of 118.1 points per contest.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Bucks are forcing 13.4 per game, which is 15th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 14th in blocked shots at 5.5 per game.
Key Players For The Knicks And Bucks
For today’s matchup, we project Jalen Brunson to lead the scoring for the Knicks, putting up 20 points and shooting at a rate of 7/15. This season, he is averaging 24.9 points per game along with 3.7 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Giannis Antetokounmpo to be the top scorer for the Bucks. Our projection has him finishing the game with 21, and he is expected to secure 9 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 60.7% and is averaging 29.9 points per contest.
Knicks vs Bucks Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, New York has an ATS record of 7-3 while averaging 110 per game. The team went 6-4 overall in these games.
- In their last five home games, Milwaukee has averaged 126 points per game while allowing 118. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-2 while going 4-1 vs. the spread.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, New York has an ATS mark of 5-5 while going 2-8 straight up.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Bucks have a straight up record of 9-1. But, their mark vs the spread was just 6-4.
As the underdogs with a spread of +4.5, we recommend going with the Knicks on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 226.5, and our model projects the Knicks and Bucks to reach a combined total of 216 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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