New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks Expert NBA Picks Against the Spread 12/2/2019
Game: New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee -9.5
Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks (17-3, 1st in the Central Division) play the New York Knicks (4-15, 5th in the Atlantic Division) at Fiserv Forum on Monday, December 2, 2019. The odds on this game have Milwaukee as 9.5 point favorites. The total is set at 222.
The Knicks cover 52.6% of the time, having gone 10-9-0 ATS. Milwaukee is covering 42.1% of the time, going 8-11-0 against the spread.
Key New York Knicks Injuries
11/30/2019 Jr PG Quadriceps Game Time Decision
11/30/2019 Elfrid Payton PG Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Dec 2
11/30/2019 Marcus Morris SF Neck Game Time Decision
11/13/2019 Reggie Bullock SG Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 20
Key Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
11/30/2019 Sterling Brown SG Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Dec 2
11/30/2019 Thanasis Antetokounmpo SF Illness Expected to be out until at least Dec 2
11/30/2019 Brook Lopez C Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 2
Marcus Morris comes into this contest averaging 18.7 points per game while playing 33.1 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 6.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 84%. Julius Randle averages 16.7 points per game in 32.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.6 assists per contest and 9.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 64%.
Eric Bledsoe averages 15.8 points per game while playing 27.5 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 5.0 rebounds per game and has 5.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is at 78%. Giannis Antetokounmpo averages 30.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 13.4 rebounds per contest and 5.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 56% and his free throw percentage is 59%.
Useful Team Statistics
New York averages 101.4 points per contest this season, which ranks them 29th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -7.7 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 28th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 6th in the league. They average 45.1 rebounds per game and 20.2 assists per game, which ranks them 16th and 29th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 14th with 15.4 per game. The Knicks allow 109.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 18th and 26th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.2 rebounds a game which ranks 12th and they give up 22.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 8th place in the league. They force 15.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Milwaukee is 2nd in the league with 120.3 points per game this year. They are 3rd in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 10.8. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 22nd in the NBA. They are 1st in the league in rebounding with 51.4 boards per game, and 8th in assists per contest with 25.4. The Bucks are 21st in turnovers per game with 14.8. The Bucks surrender 109.5 points per contest, which ranks them 15th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 42% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 2nd and 28th in those defensive statistics. They rank 17th with 24.4 assists allowed per contest and 25th with 46.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Bucks are 14th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.2 per game.
The Knicks are 28th in the NBA in offensive rating with 103.8, and their defensive rating of 111.7 is ranked 22nd. In terms of pace they are 28th in the league with 97.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 27th. As a team they are 29th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 24th in the league. New York is 13th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 8th in the league.
Milwaukee is 23rd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 25th in the NBA. The Bucks are 3rd in the league in defensive rating with 103.2, and their offensive rating of 113.4 is ranked 4th. They are 1st in the NBA in pace with 105.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 56% is 2nd. As a unit they are 2nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 44% of their shot attempts, ranking 3rd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Knicks/Bucks NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New York +9.5
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