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#577 New York Knicks vs.
#578 Milwaukee Bucks
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 8:05pm EST
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: January 14, 2020, Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI, 8:00 PM ET

The New York Knicks are aiming to stay on the winning track in Tuesday’s road meeting with the juggernaut Milwaukee Bucks. A nearly flawless road trip ended with the Bucks putting together three straight wins over the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors. The Knicks, on the other hand, knocked off the Miami Heat in shocking fashion to put an end to a five-game losing streak.

Knicks ice the Heat

What’s the best way to cool down a Heat team shooting 53.8 percent from the floor and playing good defense? Pour a bucket of ice water on them in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks mustered 40 points in the final period of their home game against the Heat to rally from a 14-point deficit and eke out a surprising 124-121 victory. They ended a five-game losing streak and earned their 11th win of the season.

New York will be looking for a 12th victory in Tuesday’s road trip to Milwaukee. The Bucks have the No. 1-ranked defense in the league with opponents averaging only a 41.3 shooting percentage against them. Getting buckets will be quite the struggle for the Knicks’ moribund offense with limited scorers. They are only averaging 103.5 points per game on the road.

Don’t expect them to offer up any more resistance on the defensive end of the floor, either. Opposing teams are shooting 54.7 percent against them in their last three outings. With Marcus Morris already being ruled out for the game and Reggie Bullock listed as questionable, all hope for the Knicks will fall directly on the shoulders of Julius Randle and rookie guard RJ Barrett. They’ll have to score often to keep pace with a high-powered Bucks’ offense.

Bucks fine to lean on the usual suspects

Who needs a bench when you have Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe on the same team?

The three Bucks stars combined for 91 points in a 122-101 win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday night. It marked the team’s third straight win and helped them improve to 35-6 on the season, which remains the best record in the NBA right now. Donte DiVincenzo also deserves credit for contributing 10 points on a relatively quiet evening from the bench.

The Bucks hope to continue their run of dominance in Tuesday’s meeting with a Knicks team boasting the third-worst defense in the league. They are allowing a 46.7 field goal shooting percentage on the road with the league’s third-ranked offense next on the itinerary. If the bad Knicks defense shows up, Antetokounmpo will be eating buckets like Cheddar Biscuits at Red Lobster.

On the defensive side of the floor, the Bucks won’t face anywhere near the same threat level they played against in Portland. There will be no Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony or CJ McCollum to put pressure on the Bucks’ top-ranked defense.

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Even a lofty spread is hard to pass up with the Knicks being on the road in Milwaukee. They got ramrodded in a 132-88 loss the last time they visited the Fiserv Forum. Morris was also missing from that game as well. The team was already coming into the game with the fourth-worst offense in basketball, and now, they’ll be playing without their leading scorer.

Milwaukee is averaging a 48.1 field goal shooting percentage in their home building taking on a Knicks team with limited resources to match them. It’s a tough matchup when facing a team capable of pouring it on offense, while also being able to lockdown on defense. Being such a dominant two-way team is the reason why the Bucks have the best record in basketball.

New York has only won five games on the road, and they’ll be facing a Bucks team with an 18-2 record at home. It’s an uphill climb as steep as Everest, and the Knicks will tire and run out of gas before ever seeing the summit. I’m laying the points and taking the Bucks.

Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks (-16.5)

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Don’t expect to see the Bucks show mercy against the undermanned Knicks. They’ll run up the score on offense and hand them another lopsided loss as a souvenir for their Wisconsin road trip. The Bucks are averaging 120.3 points at home and taking on one of the league’s worst defensive teams.

However, the lack of legitimate scoring options on offense will cost the Knicks greatly when facing the top-ranked defense. New York only mustered 88 points in their last trip to the Fiserv Forum. I can’t envision things getting any better with Morris being ruled out. Give me the under betting total here.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.