Planning on watching today’s Bucks and Knicks game? Catch the action at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, as the Knicks hosts this showdown at 12:30 ET on NBA. In this Eastern matchup, the Bucks are the betting favorite against the Knicks. The over/under for the game is 243.5 points.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Knicks +2.5
This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 12:30 ET on Saturday, December 23rd.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK KNICKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-111 in favor of the Knicks.
- Our projections have Jalen Brunson finishing with Jalen Brunson points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Knicks finishing with a field goal percentage of 50.6% and knocking down 14 threes.
Can the Bucks Pull Out the Win as Road Favorites?
With their overall record of 21-7, the Bucks are 2nd in the Eastern Conference and are leading the Central division. As they head into today’s game, the Bucks have won six straight.
Milwaukee arrives with an ATS record of 12-16 for the season up to this point. On the road, the Bucks have an ATS record of 5-5, as opposed to a 7-11 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Bucks offense is coming off a game in which they scored 118 points vs. the Magic. Overall their field goal percentage was 42.2% while connecting on 11 threes. So far this season, the Bucks offense has looked to push the pace, averaging 102.1 possessions per contest. For the season, they are 17th in field goal attempts per game and their season field goal percentage is 49%.
At this time, the Bucks’ defense is positioned 23 in the NBA, permitting 119.0 points per game.
Opponents are hitting 53.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 34.5% of their three-point attempts.
Can the Knicks Offense Score Enough at Home?
Heading into today’s game against the Bucks, the Knicks are looking to stay above .500. In the Eastern Conference, the Knicks are in 5th place and are 3rd in the Atlantic Division.
The Knicks have successfully covered the spread in their last two games and hold an overall ATS record of 16-11. During this season, New York has a 10-5 record against the spread as favorites and 6-6 as underdogs.
The Knicks are coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 121 points vs. the Nets. This figure is more than their season average of 114.7 points per game. Leading the Knicks in scoring vs. the Nets was Julius Randle with his 26 points. Donte DiVincenzo also added 23 points for the Knicks.
So far this season, the Knicks defense has been performing well, ranking 7 in the NBA at 111.4 points allowed per contest.
Opponents are hitting 54.7% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.0% of their three-point attempts.