This Monday, there is a matchup between two Eastern Conference teams in the NBA as the New York Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks will face off at about 8:00 PM. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the Fiserv Forum.
Knicks Continue To StruggleThrough 20 games this season, the New York Knicks have been one of the worst teams in the NBA. The Knicks have already lost 16 games and they are expected to be in the running for the first overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. New York also enters this game having lost each of its last six games. Now, New York will be looking to snap that losing streak on the road against one of the best teams in the entire Eastern Conference. Even though those odds are extremely slim, it is still theoretically possible so the Knicks will look to overcome those odds on Monday.
Leading the Knicks offensively is forward Marcus Morris Sr. who looked good so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 18.7 points per game along with 6.2 rebounds. However, he is only shooting 42.4% from the floor so he will need to become more efficient if the Knicks plan on turning their season around. However, Morris is currently dealing with a neck injury and he is questionable for this game.
DSJ from deep 🎯 pic.twitter.com/xDWRZCkG3m— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 1, 2019
New York's most underrated player is center Mitchell Robinson who has been extremely solid this season. He is averaging 8.9 points per game along with 6.3 rebounds per game. In addition, he is also averaging 2.0 blocks so he has been great defensively as a rim protector on a below-average team.
Bucks Look To Keep RollingThrough 20 games this season, the Milwaukee Bucks have looked like one of the best teams in the entire league. The Bucks have already won 17 games and they have crushed teams on a repeated basis recently. Milwaukee enters this game having won each of its last 11 games with its last win coming against Charlotte at home by 41 points. Now, Milwaukee will look for another easy home win against one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference as it will be expected to win by double digits once again.
Leading the Bucks offensively is star forwardGiannis Antetokounmpo who looked like the best player in the NBA so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 30.9 points per game along with 13.4 rebounds. In addition, he also enters this game averaging 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks so he has been an absolute force on both sides of the ball.
RoLo was rollin' in his first Bucks start:— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 1, 2019
13 PTS | 6 AST | 4 AST | 3 BLK pic.twitter.com/ToHuI8jVdw
Milwaukee's most underrated player is forwardKhris Middletonwho has been extremely solid this season. He is averaging 17.5 points per game along with 5.2 rebounds per game. Middleton has missed several games due to injuries but he has looked sharp whenever he has been able to suit up this season for the Bucks.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Bucks are 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 Monday games.
- Bucks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.