Bucks look set to be too strong for the Knicks at the Forum

Updated December 4, 2023
Updated December 4, 2023By Dean Etheridge

The Milwaukee Bucks host the New York Knicks as they look to become the first franchise to get their name on the new NBA Cup. The In-Season Tournament is a new competition introduced by the NBA this season, and the Bucks are now just three matches away from winning it. In our latest NBA betting picks, we look ahead to their fixture and tell you how Giannis Antetokounmpo and co are likely to get on.

Bucks Look Set To Be Too Strong For The Knicks At The Forum

The Milwaukee Bucks qualified for the quarter-finals by winning the East Group B. Wins over the Knicks (110-105), the Hornets (130-99), the Wizards (131-128), and the Heat (131-124) saw the Bucks top the table with four wins from four.

The New York Knicks were also in the East Group B, and their record of three wins and one defeat was enough to see them gain the Eastern Conference Wildcard and a place in the last eight. The Knicks three wins came against the Wizards (120-99), the Heat (100-98), and the Hornets (115-91). 

The only defeat the Knicks suffered was the loss to the Bucks in their opening match. That fixture was at tonight’s venue, the Fiserv Forum. Could that already be a bad sign of things to come for Tom Thibodeau and his team?

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At the time of writing, we’re not sure how the first two semi-finals finished. The Indiana Pacers were playing the Boston Celtics in the opener, and the Sacramento Kings hosted the New Orleans Pelicans in the second match of the night. 

Along with the four teams who competed on Monday, the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, LA Lakers, and the Phoenix Suns made up the eight quarter-finalists. 

Heading into the knockout stages, the Boston Celtics were the +300 betting favorites with the best NBA betting sites. The Celtics were followed by the Milwaukee Bucks at +350, with the Sacramento Kings at +550. The LA Lakers and Phoenix Suns were at +575, and they meet tonight at the Crypto.com Arena. Whoever wins that is a real threat to win the competition outright. 

The three outsiders in the competition are the Indiana Pacers at +1000, with the New Orleans Pelicans at +1200, and the New York Knicks at +1400.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks Match Betting

Moving onto the match betting, the Milwaukee Bucks are favored to win by the best NBA finals betting sites. The Bucks are -190 on the money line, with the Knicks at +165.

The Knicks are receiving a 4.5-point start on the handicap spread. They are -110 to win with the spread, with the Bucks also priced up at -110 to win and cover the spread. 

The total points spread is set at 224.5 The last match between these two teams saw 215 points scored. So that spread is set quite a bit higher than the previous combined points total between the two. Both over and under 224.5 is -110.  

A reason why that total points spread might be higher is because of the scoring power of the Bucks in recent weeks. In their last eight matches, they have scored over 140 points once and over 130 on three occasions. In total, matches involving Milwaukee would have covered that point spread in 13 of their 15 fixtures since their 110-105 win over the Knicks. 

By comparison, New York matches would have seen the spread covered five times in their previous ten.  

Below are more options from different sportsbooks on our NBA betting table. You can read more about the bookmakers we have used on our online sportsbook reviews page.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York KnicksBovadaBetOnlineMyBookie
Bucks (-4.5)-110-110-110
Suns (+4.5)-110-110-110
Over 224.5-110-110-110
Under 224.5-110-110-110

Our Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks Betting Picks

First up, as the home side, we expect to see the match played on Milwaukee’s terms. As the total points statistics above show, that means there is a good chance overs will win on the points spread market. 

This means our first match pick is for over 224.5 points to be scored. We expect to see the spread line move north, or the odds on overs to move south, so jump on the bet as quickly as you can. 

Onto our match betting pick, and the Bucks have won by amounts 11, 6, 3, and 7 points in their previous four matches at the Fiserv Forum. But on the flip side, the Knicks have been in good form on the road this season, boasting an impressive 6-4 record. The New York outfit is also in good form overall, with a 7-3 record across its last ten matches. 

But the bottom line is, we see the Bucks winning. At -190, we think they are maybe a touch short to back on the money line. So for our betting pick, we are going for the Bucks to win and cover the spread

Milwaukee Bucks To beat the Knicks
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About the Author

Dean Etheridge
Dean Etheridge

Dean Etheridge has over ten years of writing experience in the world of sports betting. Starting out as a hobby on his own soccer betting website, Dean has now seen his picks published across various affiliate sites along with The Sun and TalkSPORT where he writes regular Premier League and Champions League betting tips. Combining his extensive knowledge and experience with his British humor and wit, Dean has developed into a trusted voice within the sports betting industry. Although Dean's preferred areas of focus are the English Premier League and cricket, his extensive sports knowledge enables him to tackle nearly any sport. Gone are the days of traveling the world to witness events like FIFA World Cups and Ashes cricket, as Dean now prefers the comfort of his own home while enjoying sports.

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