NBA: Milwaukee Bucks vs New York Knicks Prediction & Match Preview
On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks will play the New York Knicks in the second game of a back-to-back at Madison Square Garden. They just played each other a few days earlier in Milwaukee, when the Knicks pulled off a dramatic comeback victory.
Coach Mike Budenholzer’s team got off to another shaky start against a weakened Philadelphia 76ers squad. Despite being without Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, and Seth Curry, the 76ers wreaked havoc on the Bucks. The Milwaukee Bucks can’t afford another shaky start on their own court against the tenacious New York Knicks.
The New York Knicks haven’t gotten the results they desired at home. They appear to favour the open road over MSG’s amenities. The Cleveland Cavaliers crushed Tom Thibodeau’s team the last time they played at home, thanks to Ricky Rubio’s outstanding performance.
The Milwaukee Bucks are also suffering, but are beginning to reclaim their form following an injury-plagued season. The Knicks will be put to the test, especially as the defending champions seek vengeance.
Milwaukee Bucks Preview
In their last seven games, the Milwaukee Bucks have only won twice. To beat the tenacious Philadelphia 76ers, they needed a big night from Giannis Antetokounmpo and clutch shooting from Grayson Allen.
Due to a slew of injuries, the defending champions are clearly still figuring things out on the fly. Bobby Portis and Jrue Holiday, who both returned from injuries lately, are still trying for a rhythm. The Milwaukee Bucks, on the other hand, have seen dramatic gains in just a few days.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ MVP, in particular, has been putting in a Herculean effort to keep the franchise afloat. Since the beginning of the season, his efforts have been deserving of MVP consideration. Grayson Allen is turning out to be one of Milwaukee’s better offseason acquisitions. The Milwaukee Bucks would have to be significantly better than they were against the Philadelphia 76ers in order to avenge themselves and win.
New York Knicks Preview
The New York Knicks’ greatest problem continues to be defence, especially when they play at Madison Square Garden. The young Cleveland Cavaliers blew them out 126-109 the last time they played at home. When they play at home this season, they are only 2-3.
The New York Knicks allow teams to score 110 points a game at Madison Square Garden, but they are quite stingy on the road, with opponents scoring only 101.3 points per game. New York’s poor defence was on display in their most recent game against a very depleted Philadelphia 76ers team, which was missing three of its top players.
With a sore knee and a strained hip flexor, Nerlens Noel and starting centre Mitchell Robinson could miss the game against the Bucks. If that’s the case, Julius Randle will be tasked with greater rebounding and defensive responsibilities without those two.
When the New York Knicks shot good from three-point range, their record was excellent. If they can’t clean up their defensive miscues, they’d best pray the threes to fall down.
New York Knicks Predicted Lineup
G – Kemba Walker | G – Evan Fournier | F – RJ Barrett | F – Julius Randle | C – Taj Gibson
Bucks vs Knicks Match Prediction
The New York Knicks have said all the right things about how to improve their defence, but it has yet to show on the floor. When they play at home, they are extremely vulnerable to defence. If Noel and Robinson are injured, the defence will most likely suffer even more.
After their home defeat to the New York Knicks, the Milwaukee Bucks should still have a bad taste in their mouth. They appeared to be on their way to a victory until Derrick Rose intervened. In a tense seesaw duel, if New York is as short-handed as Milwaukee, the Bucks could emerge victoriously.