Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks Betting
The Milwaukee Bucks will try and get one step closer to locking-up a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this Friday night when they square-off against the red-hot New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The game is slated to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and it will be available on NBA League Pass.
Milwaukee still has a six-game lead over Philadelphia for the eighth and final playoff so it is pretty much a foregone conclusion it will make the postseason, but they way the Bucks are playing down the stretch should make them an easy out for No.1 seed Miami. They have just two victories in their last eight games both straight-up and against the spread to fall to 36-38 SU and 33-41 ATS on the year. Milwaukee is 16-19 SU and a costly 14-25 ATS on the road overall and 0-4 both SU and ATS in its last four road games. The total has gone OVER in four of their last six games.
To have any shot against the Knicks, it will be up to Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings' ability to elevate their games much higher than they have in recent games. These two have combined for 37 points, seven rebounds and 12.8 assists a game. Overall, the Bucks are averaging 99.2 points a game while allowing an average 100.5 points on defense.
New York has assumed the role of the hottest team in the NBA with a 10-game winning streak that includes a 95-82 victory over Atlanta this past Wednesday as a 1.5-point road underdog. Despite this impressive winning streak, the Knicks are holding onto the No.2 seed in the East for dear life with just a half-game lead over Indiana. It has been a profitable run with a 9-1 record ATS and the total has gone OVER in six of their last nine games. Overall, New York is 48-26 SU (40-32-2 ATS) that includes a 27-10 SU (21-16 ATS) record at home.
Amar'e Stoudemire remains out of the lineup after undergoing knee surgery and Rasheed Wallace will not be back until early May, but Carmelo Anthony has been able to once again put this team on his back especially in the last two games in which he scored 50 points against the Heat and 40 points against the Hawks. The Knicks are averaging 99.4 points a game with Anthony accounting for 28.1 points on his own. New York's biggest strength has been a defense that is ranked seventh in the NBA in points allowed (95.4).
- The Bucks are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games against the Eastern Conference. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games against a team with a winning record.
- The Knicks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games against teams from the Central Division. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six games at home.
- Head-to-head in this matchup, the underdog is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in eight of the last 11 games played in New York. The Knicks have won the two previous meetings this season both SU and ATS with the total staying UNDER in both.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks ATS Pick
The Bucks are pretty much resigned to claiming the final seed of the playoffs while New York fully realizes the importance of locking down the No.2 spot in terms of having home-court advantage for the first two rounds. Add in the current form of both these teams and this matchup sets-up extremely well for a hefty play on the Knicks.