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Bucks Knicks Betting Predictions – Bucks Visit Knicks In Potential First Round Playoff Preview

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/30/2013 5:50:26 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have taken significant steps closer to clinching a playoff spot with seven wins in their last 10 games. Now the team will get a preview of what is potentially waiting for them in the opening round should they clinch the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks will visit the New York Knicks in a matchup of the current second and seventh seeds, the first of two remaining regular season meetings between these teams. Milwaukee will hope for a much better sports betting result than the one they got the first time around, in a 102-88 home loss to New York in late November.

Milwaukee Bucks @ New York Knicks
Friday February 1, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NBA Sportsbook Line: New York – 5.5

The Knicks have been one of the better home teams in the NBA this season, and while the Bucks have managed to tread above the .500 mark on the road this will rank among the tougher tests they face. Milwaukee actually had a three-point lead after the first quarter of the initial meeting only to be outscored by 21 over the next two frames en route to a 14-point loss.

NBA Betting Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks’ perimeter defense was torched in that first meeting against the Knicks, and they certainly didn’t help their cause with 17 turnovers in the game. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combined for 35 points in the loss, but the rest of Milwaukee’s starters combined for just two points and spent most of the fourth quarter watching from the bench. The Bucks will look to play a more consistent game this time around and must be strong on the boards to get it done. Milwaukee ranks seventh in the NBA in rebounding this season with Larry Sanders averaging a team-high 8.4 boards per game, and that is one area where they should have an advantage over New York.

NBA Betting Preview: New York Knicks

The Knicks rank just 27th in the NBA in rebounding thanks in big part to their scheme, as most of the time the team goes small with Carmelo Anthony as the four and three perimeter shooters that can take advantage of his ability to penetrate. Anthony scored a game-high 29 points in the first meeting, and it was his ability to draw extra defenders that helped open things up for Steve Novak, who hit five three-point shots for 19 points off the bench. New York has matched its offensive numbers with a top-10 defense this season thanks to a much stronger commitment to playing team defense, and will need to work together to keep the Bucks from beating them up on the boards.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Considering what happened in the first meeting between these teams the online sportsbook number may be a little low, but the Bucks should be able to keep it closer as they get a look at what to expect if they can clinch a playoff spot. Milwaukee has played much better basketball of late, and while they still won’t cover the number, look for them to keep this game competitive until the end.

NBA Betting Pick: New York Knicks


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