Bucks vs. Knicks Prediction
The NBA slate for Christmas Day gets started at Noon ET when the New York Knicks host the Milwaukee Bucks. Can Milwaukee roll?
557 Milwaukee Bucks vs. 558 New York Knicks
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Noon ET – Madison Square Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bucks are favored on the road in this game, as they are getting odds of -10 points against the Knicks. The over/under total has been set at 227 points. The public betting for this game currently has 62 percent going on the Bucks on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Bucks end win streak
The Bucks had a four-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday in a 94-87 loss at Miami. Milwaukee is just 1-2-1 against the spread in its last four games. Milwaukee is 22-10 on the year, 8-7 on the road, 16-14-2 against the spread and 17-15 with the over.
Milwaukee has the top-scoring offense in the NBA, averaging 116.9 points per game. As a team, they shoot 47.4 percent from the floor. Defensively, the Bucks are giving up 108.5 points per game while holding opponents to just 43.5 percent shooting. Both Malcolm Brogdon and Ersan Ilyasova are questionable to play today due to injuries. Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team with 26.2 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per contest while Khris Middleton is adding 17.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Knicks on another long skid
The Knicks have lost four straight games following a 114-107 loss at home to the Hawks on Friday night. New York has dropped nine of 10 overall and has failed to cover in three straight games. The Knicks are 9-25 on the season, 4-11 at home, 15-18-1 against the spread and 20-14 with the over.
The Knicks are averaging just 108.6 points per game this season while shooting only 43.9 percent from the floor. Defensively, New York is giving up 115.9 points per game while opponents shoot 47.9 percent from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. is leading the team with 21 points per game while Enes Kanter is adding 15 points and 11.1 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Bucks are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games following a loss, but 0-7 ATS in their last seven Tuesday games.
The Knicks have failed to cover in five straight at home and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following a loss.
The Bucks haven’t had a chance to play on Christmas Day in sometime, so I think they will be up for this game and not look past the Knicks. New York just can’t stack up on paper to Milwaukee when the Bucks are at their best. Look for the Greek Freak to have a big performance on a big national stage today.
NBA Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -10