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NBA Game Preview - Bucks underdogs vs Knicks at New York

Milwaukee BucksNew York Knicks
Jan 20, 7:30 PM | Madison Square Garden

Milwaukee Bucks vs New York Knicks Odds


The Knicks will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Bucks at Madison Square Garden in NBA wagering action.

The Bucks will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 4-9 ATS against the number this season, while the Knicks are 3-11 ATS. Milwaukee is 6-6-1 on the totals; New York is 4-10.

View Milwaukee vs New York Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Knicks installed as 6.5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 190.

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. 25 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bucks sit at No. 26. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 93-90 win for the Knicks.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 93.5 PPG, against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 19 at 96.1 PPG. The Knicks field goal percentage has averaged 41.3% so far, less than the Bucks shooters have achieved on the year, 43.1% per game.

Defensively, the Bucks feature the league's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 96.5 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 21 in the league in scoring at home.

The Bucks were a 105-95 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (200) made winners of OVER bettors. Brandon Jennings was dynamite, scoring 30 points and adding 3 rebounds but Denver still won, 105-95, over Milwaukee on Tuesday at Bradley Center.

In their last action, New York was a 91-88 loser at home against the Suns. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (179) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. New York suffered a 91-88 loss against Phoenix on Wednesday, getting 23 points from Amar'e Stoudemire in a losing effort at Madison Square Garden.

Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Denver are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Denver are 2-8
After playing Phoenix are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few Bucks at Knicks trends to consider:
Milwaukee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing New York
Milwaukee is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New York's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 6 games at home
New York is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home
New York is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Milwaukee at Miami, Sunday, January 22
New York home to Denver, Saturday, January 21