Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks / NBA – Just two days after a brilliant match in New York, especially a fantastic finale and a winning score by Antetokounmpo, these two teams will meet again, only this time Milwaukee will be the host. Bucks are entering this match after three wins in a row, while the Knicks want to stop a series of six consecutive defeats. Begins: 07.01.2017. – 02:00 CET
Milwaukee was on the brink of defeat in New York, but then the best player in the team Antetokounmpo, took a ball in his hands and brought his team a victory. It was the third victory for the Bucks with which they reached the sixth place in the East with effect of 18 wins and 16 losses. Antetokounmpo leads his team with 27 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks, which is another proof of his versatility in the game (this was his thirteenth game in the series where he scored 20 or more points). Backup center Monroe has finally played a good match (18 points and 9 rebounds), while Teletovic scored 13 points when he came off the bench.
A good game of the reserves was partly responsible for the Bucks' victory in New York. The victory is even more important when we consider that they played without the injured play Dellavedov, but the young rookie Brogdon has again demonstrated his quality and ended the match with 12 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. The Bucks have a width this season, they also have a solid (although somewhat veteran) bench, and all of that is enough to be one of the best defensive teams in the league and a legitimate candidate for the playoffs.
Probable lineups Milwaukee Bucks: Brogdon, Snell, Antetokounmpo, Parker, Henson
New York Knicks
The Knicks had the lead for the entire second half against the Bucks and they needed only one more good defence to celebrate with 104:103, but Thomas did not manage to stop the Greek in the ranks of the Bucks and MSG was suddenly silenced. Thus, the Knicks suffered their sixth consecutive defeat which have moved them away from the first eight positions in the East. Now their priority goal is to end the series, and then try to re-invade the upper part of the table. They now have 16 wins and 19 losses, and they are tenth in the East, with two wins less than the eighth Chicago.
They played the last three matches without Porzingis, who was expected to return against Bucks in New York, but his return was delayed (his performance in Milwaukee is still questionable). Anthony played a good match, 30 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, but it was evident that Porzingis was not in the team, perhaps the most in the last attack, because he would with his long arms certainly play better defence than Thomas on Antetokounmpou. The Knicks are a lot worse team in defence than Bucks, because they receive about six points more per game, but the only thing in which they can parry are the rebounds.
Probable lineups New York Knicks: Lee, Rose, Anthony, Thomas, Noah
Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks PICK
Youth is on the side of the Bucks, while the experience is on the side of Knicks, so it is understandable that their last game ended in an uncertain ending. If Porzingis misses this match, then the Bucks will certainly be closer to victory, even though the Bucks due to a victory in the final seconds, have higher self-esteem and a better chance to triumph in front of their fans.
Pick: Bucks -5.5 points
Odds: 1.91 at Betsson (down to 1.83 can be played)