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 HeatWhat’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 suspectsWho 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.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Knicks are 10-23 ATS in their last 33 games following an ATS win.
- Bucks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games against a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Bucks are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing straight up record.
- Bucks are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Bucks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win.
- Bucks are 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.