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Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks - 12/27/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Knicks (9-26) at Milwaukee Bucks (23-10)
Date & Time Thursday December 27, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -14.5 -- Over/Under: 225
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NBA | New York Knicks (9-26) at Milwaukee Bucks (23-10)
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The New York Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks duke it out at the Fiserv Forum on Thursday night. 
 
The New York Knicks have been in a world of hurt as they've lost 10 of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to put a halt to their current five-game losing streak after falling to the Bucks in a 109-95 home loss on Christmas Day. Kevin Knox led the team with 21 points on eight of 20 shooting, Noah Vonleh added 14 points with 15 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 14 points with 10 rebounds. As a team, the Knicks shot 36 percent from the field and eight of 28 from the 3-point line as they started strong and really took it to the Bucks in a closely contested first half, but the Knicks simply had no answer after the Bucks took over the game in the 36-22 third quarter. With the loss, New York dropped to 9-26 on the season and 4-12 at home. 
 
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been in great form as they've won five of their last six games and they will be feeling pretty good after making light work of the Knicks on Christmas Day. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 30 points, 14 rebounds and three assists, Brook Lopez added 20 points while Malcolm Brogdon chipped in with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Bucks shot 44 percent from the field and just six of 32 from the 3-point line as they just ran away from the Knicks in the third quarter despite struggling to make their 3-point shots all game. With the win, Milwaukee improved to 23-10 overall and 9-7 on the road.
 

Looking at the betting trends, the Knicks are 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20 games against a team above .600, 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a loss by more than 10 points and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. The Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points. 
 
Head to head, the road team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings and the Knicks are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Milwaukee.
 
I picked the Bucks to make light work of the Knicks on Christmas Day and they made it look easy despite struggling with their long ball for the entire game. The Knicks haven't been able to buy a win against any team lately and it's hard to see them beating the Bucks again this season given the way they looked the last time out. With that being said, I think the Knicks will come out strong once again and in the comfort of their own building, I expect the Bucks to win this one by a bigger margin. 

Pick:
Milwaukee -14.5

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