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New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 3/15/14

Milwaukee Bucks (13-51) at New York Knicks (26-40)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

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The Milwaukee Bucks invade Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks today. 

The Bucks have lost five of their last six games and will be looking to avoid a fifth straight road loss tonight after falling to the Hawks by 102-97 on Thursday. Ersan Ilyasova returned from injury and led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Brandon Knight added 20 points, but in a fourth quarter that saw 12 lead changes and four ties, it was the Hawks' Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver took the game away with a combined 21 points. Looking at the stat sheet, the Bucks did a fine job of grabbing 16 offensive rebounds while committing just eight turnovers, but they shot just three of 19 from the three-point line while allowing the Hawks to shoot 13 of 29 which really hurt them down the stretch. With the loss, Milwaukee drop to 13-52 overall and 5-26 on the road.

New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 3/15/14

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On the other hand, the Knicks have resurrected their season with five wins on the trot and they should be able to keep that streak alive if they play like they did in the 116-92 win over the Celtics on Wednesday. Carmelo Anthony poured in 34 points while Tim Hardaway Jr added 22 points as the Knicks flew out to a 68-48 lead at halftime before cruising to victory. With the win, New York improved to 26-40 on the season which leaves them just 3 1/2 games out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. In injury news, Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire both sat out the win against the Celtics but they are likely to return for tonight's game against the Bucks.

In ATS trends, the Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a win of more than 10 points.

Head to head, the Bucks are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in New York.

The Knicks are finally playing with some purpose and I like their chances of keeping their winning streak alive tonight.

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