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Knicks take on Bucks in hoops contest

New York KnicksMilwaukee Bucks
19-28February 03, 2014, 08:00 | Bradley Center8-39

The Bucks will hit the floor running against the visiting New York Knicks on Monday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Bucks bring a 8-39 record (16-31 ATS) to the battle against the 19-28 Knicks, who are 20-27 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Milwaukee go 25-22 so far and the Knicks go 26-21. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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For bettors going with the Bucks in this one, they were listed earlier as 7-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 195 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bucks at No. 28 and the Knicks at No. 17 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 88-81 result in favor of the Knicks.

New York lost its last outing, a 106-91 result against the Heat on February 1. The Knicks failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 197 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Carmelo Anthony went off for 26 points and added 8 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Miami defeated New York, 106-91 at Madison Square Garden.

The Bucks were a 99-90 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Grizzlies. They covered the 12.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (189) made winners of OVER bettors. Milwaukee suffered a 99-90 loss against Memphis on Saturday, getting 23 points from Brandon Knight in a losing effort at FedExForum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Milwaukee's No. 30-ranked offense (91.89 PPG) against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 10 at 98.96 PPG. The Bucks have averaged 42.15% from the field per game, less than the Knicks have managed so far this season (44.27% on average).

Next up:
New York home to Portland, Wednesday, February 5th
Milwaukee at Denver, Wednesday, February 5th