Bucks vs Knicks Prediction - NBA Picks 12/23/23

New York Knicks (16-11) vs Milwaukee Bucks (20-7)

Game Info: Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 12:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Knicks +2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Milwaukee Bucks invade Madison Square Garden to battle the New York Knicks on Saturday night. Here’s a Bucks vs Knicks Prediction.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have been in terrific form as they’ve won 11 of their last 13 games overall and they will be looking to build on their current six-game win streak after sneaking past the Magic in a 118-114 win on Thursday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 37 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Damian Lillard added 24 points with eight assists while Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez scored 14 points each. As a team, the Bucks shot 42 percent from the field and 11 of 37 from the 3-point line as they traded blows with the Magic in a close contest, until the third quarter where the Bucks went on an 18-8 run to build a 15-point lead which was just enough to hold off the Magic in a tight finish.

Milwaukee Bucks Player Facts

  • Brook Lopez ranks 1st amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (3.0) this season.
  • Damian Lillard ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (92.2%) this season.

New York Knicks

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in decent shape as they’ve won three of their last four games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after blowing past the Nets in a 121-102 road win on Wednesday. Julius Randle led the team with 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Donte DiVincenzo added 23 points on nine of 15 shooting while Immanuel Quickley chipped in with 19 points off the bench. As a team, the Knicks shot 46 percent from the field and 13 of 33 from the 3-point line, but this win was more about their defense as they held the Nets to just 20 points in the first quarter to take an early double digit lead and they didn’t take their foot off the gas in the second half to keep the Nets to just 36 percent shooting from the field for the game. After this back-to-back set against the Bucks, New York will meet the Thunder.

New York Knicks Player Facts

  • Jalen Brunson ranks 7th amongst qualified players for 3P% (45.8%) this season.
  • Julius Randle is one of only 11 qualified players in the league averaging at least 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Knicks rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (40.9).
  • The Knicks ranks 1st in the league for rebound percentage this season (52.8%).
  • The Bucks rank 30th in the league for opponent field goal attempts per game this season (94.9).
  • The Bucks ranks 1st in the league for true shooting percentage this season (61.4%).

Bucks vs Knicks Prediction

These two teams have already met twice this season with the Bucks winning on both meetings. Most recently these teams met less than three weeks ago with the Bucks winning easily by 146-122 behind a combined 63 points from Antetokounmpo and Lillard. I’m expecting a closer contest in this one, but it’s hard to go past the Bucks make it three straight given that they’ve barely missed a step in their last 13 games. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Knicks pull off the upset at home, but the Bucks have been rock solid for a while now and I think they get the job done at the short line.

Peter’s Pick Milwaukee -2.5

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