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New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 10/30/13

Milwaukee Bucks (38-44) at New York Knicks (54-28)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -8.5 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds

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Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks open their season with a visit from the new look Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Head to head, the Bucks are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New York while the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The New York Knicks are one of the harder teams to figure out coming into this new season. While they return the core of what was a 55 win team last season, one that made it to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000, it remains to be seen how things will unfold in for them in 2013-14. It’s no secret that New York caught some fortunate breaks last season and while they acquired veterans such as Andrea Bargnani, Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace in the summer, they just add to what was already an aging roster. Then there is the whole Amare Stoudamire situation, which I’m not even going to get into. It’s conceivable that the Knicks could replicate what they did last season, but I just don’t see it with the improvement of teams such as the Bulls, Pacers and Nets to name a few.

New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 10/30/13

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks open their season with a visit from the new look Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Head to head, the Bucks are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings

While New York returns the core of their roster from a season ago, the same can’t be said about the Milwaukee Bucks, who had one of the highest turnovers of players this past offseason. To the delight of many Bucks fans around the globe, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis both found new homes this summer, essentially being replaced by Brandon Knight and O.J Mayo. While their replacements are probably a step down in talent, they are a better fit alongside one another and they couldn’t be any worse defensively. Milwaukee also added depth on the wings with the additions of Gary Neal, Carlos Delfino, Luke Ridnour and Caron Butler.   

I’ve always had a soft spot for Milwaukee and while I don’t mind the look of this season’s team (I have them as one of my top teams to go over their projected win total this season – which can be read here) I don’t agree what they did this offseason. I understand that owner Herb Kohl wants to win now, but the Bucks will be lucky to make the playoffs with this current roster. Instead, they should have let both Jennings and Ellis walk for nothing, which would have left them with one of the worst backcourts in all of basketball. I wouldn’t have bothered signing the likes of Mayo (who I actually really like) Delfino and Neal. Basically, I would of tried to be as bad a possible, you know, kind of like what the 76ers, Celtics and Suns are doing because if there is a season you want to be bad, then this would be it, given how the draft if shaping up next year. Now Milwaukee is destined to finish just outside of the top eight and miss out of one of the many franchise changing talents in this upcoming draft.

Thanks to Brandon Jennings, the Bucks have fared well against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden over the years as they have covered in seven of their last 10 games there. The diminutive guard had it in for New York for passing him over in the draft and he always seemed to step up his game when he faced them. However, Jennings is in Detroit now, so it’s going to be interesting to see how Milwaukee fares without him.

I for one think the Bucks will make a game of this and I will gladly take the points and run with it….

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