New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 3/11/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+10.5)
The Milwaukee Bucks (22-14) play the New York Knicks (19-18) at Fiserv Forum on Thursday. Milwaukee opens this game as 10.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 224.5.
The New York Knicks stepped onto the hardwood against the Detroit Pistons and walked away with a win by a score of 114-104 in their last game. New York finished the game with a 54.2% field goal percentage (45 out of 83) and converted 9 out of their 27 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Knicks buried 15 of 19 shots for a percentage of 78.9%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 47 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 25 assists in the matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and getting 10 steals. When discussing defending, New York allowed 48.8% from the floor on 39 out of 80 shooting. Detroit dished out 23 assists and had 6 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Detroit grabbed 29 rebounds (6 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Detroit ended up going 80.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of 15 tries. They knocked down 14 of their 36 shots from 3-point land.
Julius Randle is one guy who was a major factor in this game. He notched 27 points on 11 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 42:12 minutes and also totaled 16 boards. Randle shot 57.9% from the field and also earned 7 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in this game for the Knicks was RJ Barrett. He snagged 4 rebounds in his 30:40 min on the basketball court. He went 69.2% from the field in this game by going 9-of-13 (21 points). When the time ran out, Barrett had 5 assists.
New York steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 19-18 this year. The Knicks are hitting 37.2% on 3-pointers (382 of 1,027) and 77.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 104.9 pts per game (29th in the league) while hitting 45.5% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.8 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.7 fouls per contest. As a unit, New York is collecting 46.5 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 783 assists for the season, which ranks 27th in the league in terms of passing. On defense, the Knicks have forced 11.9 turnovers every game and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. The Knicks are allowing a FG percentage of 43.5% (441 of 677) and they relinquish 43.4 boards per contest as a group. They currently rank 9th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 841 relinquished this year. They surrender 33.0% from beyond the arc and they rank 1st in the NBA in points per game allowed (104.4).
When they last stepped on the court, the Milwaukee Bucks got the victory with a final of 112-111 when they played the Memphis Grizzlies. The Bucks were able to snag 39 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 52 for the game. They also turned the ball over 16 times, while earning 11 steals in the game. The Grizzlies committed 20 fouls for this game which took the Bucks to the charity stripe for 22 attempts. They were able to make 18 of the free throws for a rate of 81.8%. In regard to three-point attempts, Milwaukee converted 10 of their 34 tries (29.4%). When the game finished, the Bucks ended up shooting 42 out of 95 from the field which gave them a rate of 44.2%. The Bucks allowed the Grizzlies to convert 40 out of 101 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.6% for the game. They went 23.5% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 8 of 34 and finished the game at 23 out of 24 from the free throw line (95.8%). With respect to rebounding, Milwaukee allowed Memphis to collect 56 in all (17 on the offensive side).
Giannis Antetokounmpo was important for the Bucks in this matchup. He made 10 of 19 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 52.6%, and had 11 rebounds. Antetokounmpo tallied 26 points in his 36:14 minutes on the hardwood and earned 8 assists in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He wrapped the game up with 4 assists in 39:07 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 6 of 17 from the floor. Middleton walked away from this one going 35.3% from the floor and also collecting 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Milwaukee has a win-loss record of 22-14 for the campaign. The Bucks have committed 17.9 personal fouls every game while shooting 73.5% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 25.8 times per game (11th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 13.6 times per game. Milwaukee has accounted for 4,277 pts this season (118.8 per game) and they average 48.2 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Bucks are hitting on 48.5% from the floor, which ranks 4th in basketball. The Bucks on the defensive side of the court are 19th in basketball in PPG given up with 112.5. They are forcing their opponents into 12.8 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 45.5% from the floor (7th in basketball). The Milwaukee defense allows 37.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (508 of 1,359) and opponents are converting on 78.5% of their foul shots. They have allowed 24.8 dimes and 43.6 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 15th and 15th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-10.5)
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