Milwaukee Bucks (22-10) at New York Knicks (9-25)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 25, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Knicks +10 -- Over/Under: 229
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The New York Knicks play host to the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been in great form as they’ve won six of their past eight games but they will be looking to bounce back after having their four-game win streak snapped by the Heat in a 94-87 road loss on Saturday. Khris Middleton led the team with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Eric Bledsoe added 17 points with six assists but no one else scored more than 10 points as the Bucks shot just 37 percent from the field and nine of 43 from the 3-point line. Giannis Antetokoumpo had his worst game of the season as he finished with just nine points on three of 12 shooting and the Bucks scored just eight points in the first quarter but they were still in the game after cutting a 17-point deficit to just one before the Heat pulled away in the final minutes. With the loss, Milwaukee fell to 22-10 on the season and 8-7 on the road.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a real slump lately as they’ve lost nine of their last 10 games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a four-game skid after falling to the Hawks in a 114-107 home loss on Friday. Emmanuel Mudiay led the team with 32 points on 12 of 20 shooting, Kevin Knox added 24 points while Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in with 15 points and five assists. As a team, the Knicks shot 48 percent from the field and eight of 27 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates to lead by as many as 15 points early in the second quarter before the Hawks took over in the second half where they outscored the Knicks by 54-38. With the loss, New York dropped to 9-25 on the season and 4-11 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bucks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss, 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record. The Knicks are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games, 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in New York, the underdog is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the road team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
These two squads have already met twice this season with each team winning at home and it was the Knicks who took a thrilling 136-134 overtime win in the team’s last meeting back on Dec 1 but they’ve only won one game since then. The Bucks have clearly been the team in better form and they will be eager to get back on the court after finishing with a season-low 87 points in their loss to the Heat on Saturday. The Bucks have been an average road team this season but the Knicks are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games and I think that trend continues as Antetokoumpo gets his revenge against the Knicks’ Mario Hezonja who posterized and stepped over him in the last meeting.