New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks look to continue their dominance over the New York Knicks tonight. The Knicks are -6 point favorites over the Bucks with an over/under point total set at 209.
After suffering their first loss under interim coach Mike Woodson, the Knicks bounced back with a dominating 101-79 victory against the visiting Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. Thanks to a 6-1 mark since Woodson took over from Mike D’Antoni, the Knicks are currently 1 ½ game ahead of the nine place Bucks for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. It should be a tight race to see who ends up with that last spot as Milwaukee is making a push of their own, winning seven of their past nine games, five of which have come on the road.
To say it bluntly, the Bucks have dominated the Knicks in recent history. With their two wins against New York this season, Milwaukee has now won 12 of the past 14 meetings and eight of nine since selecting Brandon Jennings with the 10th overall pick in 2009, after the Knicks decided to pass on him at number eight.
Head to head, the Bucks are 12-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings and 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings in New York, while the underdog is 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The Knicks are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bucks on the other hand are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
A big reason for the Bucks recent success against the Knicks has to do with the play of Brandon Jennings. It’s pretty clear that he is unhappy with New York for passing on him in the draft and he has made them pay ever since. Jennings averages 20.7 points in his career against New York, while upping that to 22.2 playing at Madison Square Garden. Not only that, but he is averaging 36.5 points in his last two visits to MSG and 30.5 in two victories over New York this season. All Jennings aside, this is going to be a great game between two of the hotter teams in the East. New York have blown out their last four opponents at MSG, while the Bucks come into tonight’s game riding a five game road winning streak so something has to give. I really want to take New York here and I think they will win, but Jennings and new Buck Ellis will keep this thing close.
Milwaukee Bucks +6 New York Knicks