New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Preview

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New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Preview

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New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Preview

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The New York Knicks continue their adventure on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks at 10 p.m. EST. The Knicks lost the first two games of the trip to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. The Knicks lost by two points to the Cavaliers, but they followed that loss up with a 14-point, 110-96, loss to the Heat on Wednesday. The Knicks are struggling to stay in contention for the Play-In Tournament in April, as they sit No. 11 in the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks have hit a skid in recent days with a 30-20 overall record and a sixth seed in the East. Their loss on Wednesday to the Cavaliers dropped them in the standings due to having played more games than other teams in the top eight of the East. The Bucks were at the top of the East less than one month ago.

How Can The New York Knicks Win: 

The Knicks are in a tough spot because their schedule is not getting any easier and their struggles do not seem to be ending anytime soon. On Wednesday, Obi Toppin led the Knicks in points with 18. The team’s inability to score consistently put them behind for a large portion of the game. Julius Randle scored 11 points, while R.J. Barrett recorded 17 points in the loss. The Knicks are a defensive-minded team, but their personnel does not translate to a defensive team. In order to beat the Knicks, they need to get Quentin Grimes going offensively, as well as defensively. If Randle can score more than 20 points and carry the load on both sides of the floor, the Knicks will be able to hang with the Bucks.

How The Milwaukee Bucks Can Win: 

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was selected to his sixth consecutive NBA All-Star Game on Thursday. Antetokounmpo put up 26 points, nine rebounds, and three assists against the Cavaliers in the Bucks’ last game. His ability to dominate on offense and defense could cause problems for a Knicks team that lacks consistency in both categories. On defense, the Bucks need to capitalize on the Knicks not having a true No. 1 option this season. Every night it seems to be a different player who produces for the Knicks and this could factor in the Bucks paying more attention to Barrett, Randle, and Kemba Walker.

The Spread Via FanDuel: 

New York Knicks +9.5 (-110), (+340) Money Line

Milwaukee Bucks -9.5 (-110), (-455) Money Line

 

Final Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks 107, New York Knicks 98

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