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New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 4/7/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Milwaukee Bucks (42-37) at New York Knicks (28-51)
Date & Time Saturday April 7, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: New York Knicks +9.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5
TV Channel
MSG
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NBA | Milwaukee Bucks (42-37) at New York Knicks (28-51)
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The Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks meet Saturday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The Milwaukee Bucks need a win to improve their playoff seeding after splitting their last six games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 106.6 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.1 points and 10 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20.4 points and four assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Jennings is dishing three assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.5 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have split their last eight road games.

The New York Knicks have a chance to win back-to-back games for the second time since February. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.5 points and 2.7 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.1 points and 11 rebounds. Courtney Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Beasley is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have split their last six home games.

The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 18-37-2 ATS in their last 57 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The Knicks are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 home games and 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games overall. The Bucks are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The New York Knicks just slaughtered the Miami Heat last night and now have a chance to keep playing spoiler by beating a Milwaukee Bucks team that just can't find consistent play. The Bucks simply aren't a good basketball team, especially on the road where they're being outscored by 1.1 points on the season and allowing 107.3 points per game. The Bucks are supposed to be an elite defensive club. If the Knicks shoot how they did last night, this could be another big outright victory upset. I'll take the points if forced to pick this contest.

Pick:
New York Knicks +9.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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