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Knicks vs. Bucks - 1/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Bucks (17-17) at New York Knicks (5-30)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

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

TV: FSWI, MSG

The Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks play Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Milwaukee Bucks have won three of their last five games and play their first road game of 2015. On the season, the Bucks are averaging 99.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 99.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Brandon Knight is averaging 18.1 points and 5.1 assists while Giannis Antetokounmpo is averagin 11.9 points and 5.9 rebounds. O.J. Mayo is shooting 40.2 percent from the field and Khris Middleton is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks have gotten back to playing lights out defense recently, as they’re allowing 38.2 percent shooting from the field and 28.1 percent from deep in their last five games. The Bucks are a sneaky dangerous team when they’re getting stops defensively. Ersan Ilyasova is expected to miss this game with a concussion.

Knicks vs. Bucks - 1/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Knicks have lost 10 straight games and remain the biggest mess in the NBA. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 93.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 10.9 points and 1.6 assists while J.R. Smith is averaging 10.7 points and 3.3 assists. Jose Calderon is racking up 4.3 assists and Quincy Acy is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The New York Knicks are flat out brutal offensively, shooting just 40.2 percent from the field and 28.2 percent from deep in their last five games. With all the injuries to key players, those numbers don’t look like they’re going to change any time soon. Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are both doubtful for this game with injuries.

The Bucks are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bucks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New York and 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.

Not sure how anybody can back the Knicks with everything going on and the fact this team has lost time and time again to just about everyone. Look for the Bucks to win by double digits. 

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