New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks – NBA, Friday, November 5, 2021

By Dan Vasta in Basketball
| November 5, 2021 8:59 am PDT

The Bucks have lost their past three home games in a row. They have some momentum after dismantling the Pistons by 28 points in Detroit earlier this week.

The Knicks are coming off a loss to the Pacers in Indiana, and they have now lost two games in a row.

This potential Eastern Conference playoff preview between the Knicks and the Bucks headlines a busy slate on Friday night. Here are your latest odds at SportsBetting.ag.

Knicks vs. Bucks Odds for 11/5

Knicks (+4)-115
Bucks (-4)-105
Knicks to Win+150
Bucks to Win-170
Over 217-110
Under 217-110

The Bucks are 9-11 against the spread as home favorites. That dates back to last season, but they are 14-6 in those home games straight up.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 32.6 points per game in his career at home. That is much higher and more productive than his career road average, scoring 20.3 points per game.

Before their recent loss to the Pacers, the Knicks covered in 10 of 12 as the road underdog. Here are your latest keys to victory for this Eastern Conference clash.

If you are looking for help on props for this game on stars like Giannis, check out our complete guide to understanding prop bets. Here are your latest keys to victory.

Why the Knicks Will Win

New York has a solid shot of picking up the road win due to the lack of players available in Milwaukee.

The Bucks have had a rough go thus far in terms of defending their NBA title. There has been a bevy of injuries and concerns for their starting rotation of players. Khris Middleton tested positive for COVID-19, but he isn’t the only player missing in action.

Jrue Holiday is their star point guard, and he has not played since opening night (left ankle) when he hurt his heel. The loss of Holiday has been costly thus far.

Former Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo (ankle) has not played this season since suffering an ankle injury that cost him the entirety of the NBA postseason. Starting center Brook Lopez (back soreness) has not played either since opening night. Losing these vital role players has led to their slow start at 4-4.

Middleton has been the clear-cut number two behind Giannis for years with the Bucks. The outside shooting and perimeter ability are a disappointing loss. He was clutch in the postseason and never slowed down when the franchise needed him most.

New York has been torching the nets thus far in the season. Their offense is one of the few in the Eastern Conference these days that can hang with Giannis and company.

  • 113.0 PPG (No. 4 in NBA)
  • 15.1 Three-Point Field Goals Per Game (No. 2 NBA)
  • 39.3% Three-Point Field Goal Percentage (No. 2 in NBA)

Throw in the solid start that Julius Randle has been on, and the Knicks certainly have a shot to hang with one of the NBA’s elites.

Why the Bucks Will Win

The defending champs still have the top player in the league. Giannis might need to carry this team on his back, but he sure seems capable. The wins will start to pile up, but it would help if his starting cast returns in the coming days and weeks.

Giannis has been dominant at home in his career, but he is one of the few stars that can drop 40-plus with such ease. The reigning MVP has filled the stat sheet up to keep his team competitive. Thus far, the numbers are on fire.

  • Games w/25+ Points: Six
  • Games w/30+ Points: Three
  • Games w/10+ Rebounds: Five

If we witness the Greek Freak go off for a 50-burger, the Bucks might win this one going away. The Knicks entered the week in the bottom half of points allowed, so there is a strong chance for the Bucks to light it up.

The ability to knock down the three-ball has made the Bucks the franchise they currently are. They set an NBA record last season. It was for the most made three-point field goals made in a game (29).

The trio of Bobby Portis, Jordan Nwora, and Pat Connaughton was impressive in their win over the Pistons. All are capable of heating up from deep.

Southpaw Justin Robinson is coming off scoring 11 points in 24 minutes of play. He recently signed as a two-way player, and getting contributions from any player off the bench has helped Milwaukee.

Knicks vs. Bucks Pick

Pick
  • Bucks to Win
    -170

The Knicks are losers of two in a row, and their lack of outside shooting is a concern. The Bucks could shoot them right out of the arena if Giannis can catch fire in the opening quarter.

This game is where the Bucks are coming off a few days of rest, and they recently stopped the bleeding from their recent three-game skid. They are coming back for some home cooking, which should allow them to continue their winning ways.

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