NBA Betting Preview: Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks – Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

by Cole Paganelli | December 1, 2019 |

The New York Knicks will be playing their second leg of a back-to-back and will be looking to snap their six-game losing streak when they travel to the Fiserv Forum to take on the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Bucks last played on Saturday, winning by 41 points against the Charlotte Hornets.

Knicks Looking for Answers

The New York Knicks come into play with an Eastern Conference-worst 4-16 record.  They have lost six games in a row after they dropped a 113-104 decision Sunday afternoon to the Boston Celtics

The Knicks led by nine points in the third quarter, but blew yet another lead as the Celtics were able to overcome the deficit with a 17-2 run in the fourth quarter.  The Knicks committed four turnovers during that stretch. 

The Knicks now have lost five straight to the Celtics.  They are 0-8 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.  In the game against Boston, Julius Randle led the Knicks with 26 points and five rebounds. 

Rookie guard R.J. Barrett added 16 points and seven rebounds.  Dennis Smith Jr. chipped in 17 points off the bench to go along with seven assists.

On the season, Marcus Morris Sr. leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game.  Morris missed the game with the Celtics due to a neck injury. 

Randle averages nearly 17 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game.  The Knicks are next-to-last in the league with a scoring average of just 101.6 points per game.

Bucks Look for 12 in a Row

The Milwaukee Bucks come into play with a 17-3 record and sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, 1.5 games ahead of the defending champion Toronto Raptors.  The Bucks have won 11 games in a row following their 41-point whitewashing of the Charlotte Hornets Saturday night. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s double-double streak was ended at 19 games.  He scored 26 points, but grabbed only nine rebounds as he only played 20 minutes in the game because of the rout. 

The Bucks’ 137 points matched their season-high in points in a game this season.  Milwaukee had nine players in double figures and finished November with a 15-1 record. 

Their only loss came at the buzzer against Utah on November 8.  Robin Lopez started at center, while his brother Brook sat out with a back injury.  Robin Lopez scored 13 points in just 16 minutes in the first half.  The Bucks shot 56%  from the field for the game. 

Milwaukee is led by Antetokounmpo’s 30.9 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game.  Khris Middleton is averaging 17.5 points per game and is shooting 36% from behind the arc. 

Eric Bledsoe is averaging 15.8 points per game and is shooting 46.5% from the field.  The Bucks boast seven players that average at least eight points per game. 

They are averaging 120.3 points per game, which is tied with the Houston Rockets for the best in the league.

Betting Lines and Predictions

MyBookie does not currently have information on this game.  The Bucks should win this game rather easily and the Milwaukee regulars could get significant time off yet again.  The Knicks do not have the firepower to stay competitive against Milwaukee and it will show.  Take the Bucks in this one.

Spooky Express Free Play – Milwaukee Bucks (TBD)

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