The Milwaukee Bucks (22-7) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (16-12) on Monday, December 25th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden. The Bucks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Knicks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Knicks. Tip-off is set for 12:00 ET.
Bucks vs Knicks
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Bucks took down the Knicks by a score of 130-111. the Bucks not only secured a victory straight-up but also did so while covering the spread as -2-point favorites. Concerning the over/under, the total of 241 points remained below the established over/under line of 244.
Coming into today’s game, the Bucks are 22-7 overall and have won seven straight. When playing on the road, they are 6-5 compared to 16-2 at home.
Milwaukee has an overall ATS record of 13-16 as they come into today’s game. Milwaukee has not been good vs. the spread in their last two home games, and they are 7-11 ATS at home compared to 6-5 on the road.
The Knicks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Knicks tell to the Bucks by a score of 130-111. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Knicks couldn’t cover the spread as +2 point underdogs. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 241 points ended up below the over/under line of 244.
In their last five games, the Knicks are 3-2 and have an overall record of 16-12. When looking at the Eastern Conference standings, the Knicks are in 6th place and are 3rd in the Atlantic division.
New York has an overall ATS record of 16-12 as they come into today’s game. On the road, the Knicks have an ATS record of 10-7 compared to a 6-5 record vs. the spread at home.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Milwaukee is averaging 124.6 points per contest. This figure places them 2nd 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 14.3 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 102.1 possessions per contest.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
In 28 games games, New York has an average of 114.6 points per game (15th). So far, the Knicks are averaging 96.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 21st in fields goals made per contest.
Bucks Team Defense
So far, the Bucks’ defense is ranked 23 in the league at 118.8 points per contest.
The Milwaukee defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.4% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.9% of their field goal attempts vs. Milwaukee.
Knicks Team Defense
The Knicks’ defense is presently ranked 9 in the league, allowing an average of 112.0 points per contest.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Knicks squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.7% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.5% from downtown.
Key Players For The Bucks And Knicks
For today’s matchup, we project Giannis Antetokounmpo to lead the scoring for the Bucks, putting up 21 points and shooting at a rate of 8/12. Throughout this season, his average stands at 30.8 points per game, along with 10.9 rebounds.
As for New York, Jalen Brunson is projected to be the primary scorer for the Knicks. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 23, and adding 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 47.8% and is averaging 25.6 points per contest.
Bucks vs Knicks Trends
- Milwaukee has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 126 points per game while allowing 120. The team also performed well vs the spread at 4-1.
- Across the Knicks last ten home games, the team averaged 119 points per game while allowing 120. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 5-5, while going 5-5 straight-up.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Knicks have a straight up record of 4-6. But, their mark vs the spread was just 4-6.
- Although the Bucks have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the spread going 1-2.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Bucks vs. Knicks game, our recommendation is to take the Knicks at +4. Despite our model showing the Bucks winning 115-114, we like Knicks as our point-spread pick.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 241.5, and our model predicts the Bucks and Knicks to score a combined 229 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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