The Bucks are favored by 2.5 points at Jazzsports as they face off against the Knicks in an Eastern Conference matchup. The game will start at 12:30 ET at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Will the Milwaukee Defense Show Up on the Road?

With their overall record of 21-7, the Bucks come into today’s game looking to add to their six game winning streak. When playing teams from the Eastern Conference, the Bucks are 17-7 and are 4-0 in non-conference games.

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 compared to a 7-11 record vs. the spread at home.

The Bucks offense is coming off a game where they scored 118 points against the Magic. They posted a field goal percentage of 42.2% and connected on 11 threes. The team’s top scorer is Giannis Antetokounmpo, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 30.9, while Damian Lillard also carries a PPG average of 26.2 into the game.

So far, the Bucks defense is giving up 119.0 points per contest, which has them sitting 23 in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in two straight matchups.

Milwaukee’s defense is currently forcing 13.1 turnovers per game, which is 16th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 11th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.6 rejections per game.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (Probable) Foot
  • Jae Crowder (Out) Groin
  • MarJon Beauchamp (Probable) Elbow

Can the Knicks Secure a Win at Home?

Coming into today’s game, the Knicks have a 16-11 overall record and are on a two game winning streak. In their 27 games, the Knicks have gone 12-6 against Eastern Conference teams and are 4-5 in non-conference play.

The Knicks have covered the spread successfully in their previous two games and maintain an overall ATS record of 16-11. In their last two road games, New York has successfully covered the spread, and they hold an ATS record of 10-7 on the road in contrast to 6-4 at home.

New York’s offense had a good outing, putting up 121 points against the Nets. They achieved a 46.3% field goal percentage and went 20/25 from the free-throw line. Leading the Knicks in scoring vs. the Nets was Julius Randle with his 26 points. Donte DiVincenzo also added 23 points for the Knicks.

New York’s defense has been playing well, ranking 7 in the NBA with 111.4 points allowed per game.

Most recently, the Knicks’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 102 points to the Nets.

  • Mitchell Robinson (Out) Ankle
  • DaQuan Jeffries (Questionable) Illness
  • Jericho Sims (Out) Ankle

Bucks vs. Knicks Pick

Coming in as the underdogs at +2.5, we have the Knicks as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.

Pick: Take the Knicks at +2.5

The Total

As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 243.5, and our model projects the Bucks and Knicks to reach a combined total of 226 points. Our bet is on taking the under.

Pick: Go Under 243.5 points (-112)