Bucks take on Knicks in hoops contest
Milwaukee Bucks vs New York Knicks Odds
The Knicks will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Bucks tip off at Madison Square Garden on Friday in NBA play.
The Knicks bring a 48-26 record (40-33-1 ATS) to the battle against the 36-38 Bucks, who are 32-41-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New York go 36-36-2 so far and the Bucks go 38-36. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The visitors opened this morning as 7-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 207 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Knicks - Bucks odds would favor the Knicks if the lines were set according to power ranks. New York is rated No. 9 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bucks sit at No. 13. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 103-97 win for the Knicks.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New York's No. 26-rated squad against Milwaukee's No. 5-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New York rates No. 1 in the league with 10.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 15 with 7 per outing.
Defensively, the Bucks feature the league's No. 14-rated defense on the road, giving up 99.5 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the league in scoring at home.
Milwaukee lost its last outing, a 107-98 result against the Timberwolves on April 3. The Bucks failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 205 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Bucks got a 29-point performance from Ersan Ilyasova, who added 12 rebounds, but Minnesota still ran past Milwaukee 107-98 on Wednesday at Bradley Center.
Last time out for New York, they were a 95-82 winner as they battled the Hawks on the road. The Knicks covered in the match as a 1.5-point underdog, while 177 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Atlanta was victimized by Carmelo Anthony for 40 points as the Knicks defeated the Hawks 95-82 in NBA action on Wednesday.
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Toronto are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Oklahoma City are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 8-2
After a win are 9-1
A few Bucks at Knicks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 11 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games
Milwaukee is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing New York
New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games at home
New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
Milwaukee home to Toronto, Saturday, April 6
New York at Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 7