New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks (10/28) @ 8:00PM EST
New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Breakdown and Betting Odds
The New York Knicks (3-1) are set to visit the Milwaukee Bucks (3-0) this Friday in Fiserve Forum. Tipoff starts at 8:00 p.m. EST with the Milwaukee Bucks favored by 6 points and the over/under set at 223.5.
The Bucks won three of their four season matchups last year, with the closest score in these games being 112-100.
New York Knicks Overview
The Knicks are off to a solid 3-1 season so far. Their last matchup, a close OT win over the Charlotte Hornets was an impressive outing for a lot of Knicks players and showed Knicks fans that they should be excited about this roster. Their big offseason signing, Jalen Brunson had 27 points on 66.6% shooting, while dishing out 13 assists and grabbing 7 boards.
While the Knicks have been a defensive minded team in seasons past, their offense has been absolutely rolling, scoring 1.16 points per possession. They’re also second in the league in points per game, with 122.8. They are also in the top eight in field goal shooting with 48% and in 2-point shooting with 56.3%. This offense is all due to their pseudo big three, with Julius Randle, Jalen Brunson, and RJ Barrett all averaging at least 17 points per game. Their defense has also been solid, allowing only 43.3% field goal shooting and 30.3% shooting from beyond the arc.
Milwaukee Bucks Overview
Milwaukee has been elite thus far, boasting an undefeated record and a +11 point differential. They are coming off of a 110-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets, a game that saw them erase a first half deficit of 12 points. Giannis dropped 43 points while shooting 64% from the field and grabbing 14 rebounds. Bobby Portis also had an impressive game from off the bench, with 20 points on 57% shooting.
The Bucks are shooting 55.4% from 2-point range and making 47.1% of all field goals, making them a massively efficient offensive team. A lot of this is due to Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has been stellar through the first three games. Giannis is averaging 34 points on 67.7% shooting, going 40% from beyond the arc, and is grabbing 13 boards a game. They are also dominant on the defensive side of the ball, allowing the least points per game in the league with just 97.3. They also lead the league in blocked shots with a defensive powerhouse front court in Giannis and Brook Lopez.
Free Pick: Bucks -6
The Bucks are absolutely rolling so far in the NBA season, which is why it makes it hard for us not to take Bucks -6. While the Knicks are also having an impressive showing thus far, nothing we’ve seen from the Bucks leads us to believe that they have any intention of slowing down. Furthermore, the Bucks have covered the spread in all three of their games this season.
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