Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks - 12/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (9-10) at Milwaukee Bucks (7-12)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New York Knicks invade the Bradley Center to take on the young Milwaukee Bucks tonight.
The Knicks have bounced back from their four-game losing streak with a couple of wins on the trot after beating the Nets by 108-91 last night. In the battle for New York, the Knicks came ready to play and simply erupted for an amazing 42 points in the first quarter which put the game to bed early. Carmelo Anthony led the scoring with 28 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and Arron Afflalo had 18 points as the Knicks got the big lead early and never looked back. The bonus was that the Knicks were able to rest their starters in the fourth quarter which is a big plus when it comes to playing a back to back set.
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Meanwhile, the Bucks have lost five of their last six games and will be eager to make up for last night's 102-95 loss to the Pistons. Khris Middleton led the team in scoring with 21 points, OJ Mayo added 13 points while Greg Monroe had 14 points, but the Bucks just couldn't defend without fouling, sending the Pistons to the line 39 times. With the loss, Milwaukee falls to 7-12 on the season and 2-8 on the road where they've lost their last eight.
In ATS trends, the Knicks are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 road games but just 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Bucks are 5-0 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
The Bucks come into this game as slight favorites because they won the last meeting with the Knicks by 99-92 back on Nov. 6, but the Knicks have clearly been the better team lately and I like their chances of taking this one by single digits after what I saw from them last night.