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#535 New York Knicks vs.
#536 Milwaukee Bucks
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee
Written by Scott Reichel



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#536 Milwaukee


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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 Struggle

Through 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.

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 Rolling

Through 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.

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.

Best Bets for this Game

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The Knicks have been awful all season long and the Bucks continue to look like an elite team in the Eastern Conference so I will take them to win this game easily at home. New York simply does not have the talent to contain Giannis and I would not be surprised to see him go for at least 40 points in this game. Meanwhile, New York's offense lacks shot creators so I think that Milwaukee will come up with a smart gameplan to force it into some difficult offensive possessions. Give me the Bucks.

Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks

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Milwaukee has the ability to score at least 130 points in any given game so I have to take the over. Milwaukee has scored at least 119 points in each of its last two games while New York has struggled to stop anyone this season so I think that this total is too low. Plus, Milwaukee also plays at one of the fastest paces in the entire league so both teams should be able to score a lot of points due to the speed of the game. Give me the over.

Prediction: Over

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Milwaukee is simply in another class and I think that New York will fall behind early in this game. Giannis is unguardable and the Knicks will struggle containing him in the paint for the first 24 minutes before they eventually start double-teaming him which will leave some of Milwaukee's shooters wide open from the three-point line. New York should get run out of the gym in this game and I will take the home team as a result.

Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks 1H

Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.