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2021 NBA Handicapping
(19-18) New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks (22-14)
Date: Thursday, March 11th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NBA Moneyline Odds: Knicks +450, Bucks -650
NBA Betting Odds: Bucks -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 222.5
The New York Knicks get a legitimate test on the other side of the All-Star break in a head-to-head meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. Despite being the perennial punchline team of the NBA, the Knicks have been one of the surprise teams this season. They currently own the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 19-18 record after taking care of business at home against the Detroit Pistons. Meanwhile, the Bucks sit in third place after finishing the first half of their season with a 112-111 nail-biter win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
These teams only met once this season and it took place way back on December 27th at Madison Square Garden. The result was a shocking New York victory 130-110, a rare sight for a well below average offensive team. The large discrepancy can be accounted to the 3 point shooting disparity as Milwaukee shot just 7/38 (18.4%) while New York shot a scorching 16/27 (59.3%).
New York Knicks
The fact that the Knicks are entering Thursday’s game as 11-point dogs is proof they still aren’t getting respect. Even though they have been one of the league’s surprise teams, they are still expected to fall flat on their face in a road meeting with a legitimate contender in the Bucks.
They currently have the No. 1-ranked scoring defense in the league with opposing teams averaging 104.4 points per game against them. If they can keep Antetokounmpo out of the paint and limit the Bucks’ 3-point shooting, they’ll be in business.
The Bucks have taken a backseat in the Eastern Conference to both the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers. I’ll hold off on the dramatics by stating the fact that they are still well in the hunt for the No. 1 seed, but there are some legitimate concerns headed into the second half of their regular season schedule.
The Knicks have the defensive pressure to make things difficult on the Bucks’ gaudy offense, even with Giannis Antetokounmpo on the floor. It’s ultimately going to fall on Antetokounmpo to either knock down shots or power his way to the rim against New York’s small-ball lineup with Julius Randle as an enforcer.
They are ranked 12th in defensive efficiency with opposing teams averaging 112.5 points per game against them. The Knicks haven’t been able to buy a bucket in most outings, but you can rest assured the bank will be opening the moment the Bucks get comfortable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Knicks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 head-to-head meetings.
- Knicks are 11-4 ATS in last 15 games
- Knicks O/U are 6-6 in last 12 games
- Bucks are 4-8 ATS in last 12 games
- Bucks UNDERS are 5-3 in last 8 games
Free New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Prediction:
The Knicks have lost two of their last three road games by 18-plus points. While it has been encouraging to see them take that next step towards being a respectable team, they’ve also feasted on a bunch of favorable matchups in their recent run. Things will be a little bit different when coming face-to-face with the No. 3-ranked team in the Eastern Conference. I’m laying on the Bucks to secure a big win at home.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bucks -10.5
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