New York Knicks (1-2) at Milwaukee Bucks (2-0)
|Date & Time||Monday October 22, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -11 -- Over/Under: 222.5
The New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks meet Monday in NBA action at the Fiserv Forum.
The New York Knicks look for their first road victory of the season to get back to a .500 record. The New York Knicks are averaging 110.7 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 28 points and 2.7 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 20.7 points and 12 rebounds. Allonzo Trier is the third double-digit scorer and Trey Burke is dishing 5.7 assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost eight of their last 10 road games.
The Milwaukee Bucks look for another victory to start 3-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 115.5 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 25.5 points and 16.5 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 21 points and four assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is dishing 6.5 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.3 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 39.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 53.5 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won four of their last five home games.
The Knicks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Monday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Atlantic and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings, the underdog is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Milwaukee.
The New York Knicks have played better than expected, and their two losses have been decided by a combined four points. However, the Knicks will struggle against this Milwaukee Bucks defense due to the lack of players who can create their own shot, and they've failed to cover six of their last nine games when a double-digit underdog. I'm not the big chalk guy and this is a lot of points in an NBA game, but the Bucks should control this game at both ends and could win big if motivated to play a 48 minute game.