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Pointspread favors Knicks in battle with Bucks

New York KnicksMilwaukee Bucks
7-17December 18, 2013, 08:00 | Bradley Center5-19

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Wednesday when the Knicks of New York hit the hard court against the Bucks of Milwaukee.

The Bucks sit at 5-19 (8-16 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Knicks are currently 7-17 (8-16 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Milwaukee is 11-13 OU, and New York is 12-12 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds and Stats.

The Knicks were listed as -1.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 188.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bucks rated this week at No. 30 and the Knicks sitting at No. 18. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 85-80 result in favor of the Knicks today.

Last time out for New York, they were a 102-101 loser as they battled the Wizards at home. The Knicks failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite, while 203 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Knicks got a terrific 32-point performance from Carmelo Anthony but Washington handed them a 102-101 defeat on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

The Bucks were a 106-93 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (199) made winners of OVER bettors. The Bucks got 18 points from John Henson, but it was Dallas that prevailed in a 106-93 final on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Milwaukee's No. 28-rated squad against New York's No. 29-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Milwaukee rates No. 21 in the league with 6.79 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 7 with 8.67 per outing.

Next up:
New York home to Vancouver, Saturday, December 21st
Milwaukee at Cleveland, Friday, December 20th