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New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Preview and Predictions 12-02-2019


The Milwaukee Bucks have a great opportunity to record their longest winning streak since 1982 when they host the stumbling New York Knicks on Monday. The Bucks had no issues extending their winning streak to 11 games with a 137-96 rout of the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday to begin a two-game homestand.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo saw his double-double streak to begin the season end at 19 games, but it was largely due to the fact that he was only needed for 20 minutes, during which he still managed 26 points. "I should have left him in," Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer joked with reporters about leaving Antetokounmpo in during a blowout. "He's doing amazing things and there's more to come. We're trying to have conversations with him about being healthy and fresh and how important that is." The Knicks are streaking in the other direction with six consecutive losses, the latest a 113-104 setback to the Boston Celtics at home Sunday. New York led by six with under eight minutes remaining before the late collapse.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

ABOUT THE KNICKS (4-16): Julius Randle scored 26 points while making 10 of his 13 free throws, but his teammates were 16-of-24 from the line and coach David Fizdale was not happy with his team's inability to cash in on the freebies. "It's biting us," Fizdale told reporters. "We missed 11. Can't miss 11 free throws against the Boston Celtics and win a close game. We just gotta stay with it, we're gonna come up with creative ways to try to make them better at it." New York entered Sunday last in the NBA by a good margin with a 67.2 percent mark from the charity stripe.

ABOUT THE BUCKS (17-3): Eight other players joined Antetokounmpo in double figures in Saturday's win, including Khris Middleton, who had 15 points in just 16 minutes in his best game since returning from a thigh injury last week. Robin Lopez started in place of brother Brook and chipped in a season-high 13 points while making 3-of-5 from 3-point range. "Numbers speak for themselves, right," Robin Lopez, who is 7-of-13 from 3-point range over his last eight games. "We got a lot of motion. We did a great job moving the ball, moving without the ball."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina (back) left Sunday's loss and is day-to-day.

2. Bucks PG Eric Bledsoe scored a season-low two points against the Hornets but matched his season high with 10 assists against zero turnovers.

3. Milwaukee has won five in a row at home against New York, including two last season.

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Last Injuries

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Sterling Brown

    Shoulder
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Brown has missed the last three games with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, and it remains to be seen if he will return Wednesday versus the Pistons.

  • Brook Lopez

    Back
    Prob Wed | probable

    Lopez sat his second straight game due to a sore back, but he is expected to suit up against the Pistons on Wednesday.

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo

    Flu
    Prob Mon | probable

    Antetokounmpo has missed the last three games with a stomach bug, but is expected to be available for Monday's contest against the Kicks.

  • Kyle Korver

    Elbow
    Prob Sat | probable

    Korver missed the last game due to right elbow soreness, but it is likely that he will be available against the Hornets on Saturday.

  • Eric Bledsoe

    Knee
    Prob Sat | probable

    Bledsoe is projected to dress for Saturday's battle against the Hornets despite right knee soreness.

  • George Hill

    Back
    Prob Sat | probable

    Hill is experiencing back soreness but is expected to face the Hornets on Saturday.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Back
    Prob Sat | probable

    Antetokounmpo is expected to take the court against the Hornets on Saturday despite lingering back soreness.

  • George Hill

    Back
    Prob Fri | probable

    Hill has been held out of the previous two games due to a sore back, but it is likely that he will suit up Friday against the Cavaliers.

New York Knicks

  • Wayne Ellington

    Achilles
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Ellington missed the previous game due to a sore left Achilles tendon, and it is undetermined if he will line up against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

  • Damyean Dotson

    Finger
    Prob Sat | probable

    Dotson exited the last game with a dislocated left pinky finger, but it is projected that he will play Saturday versus the Pacers.

  • Reggie Bullock

    Neck
    Mid Dec | out

    Bullock is recovering from surgery for a cervical disc herniation and is expected to be out of action until at least the middle of December.

  • Elfrid Payton

    Hamstring
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Payton is sidelined due to a right hamstring strain, but he is projected to play against the Nuggets on Thursday.

  • Marcus Morris Sr.

    Neck
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Morris Sr. has sat out the previous two games with cervical neck spasms, but it is expected that he will play against the Nuggets on Thursday.

  • Frank Ntilikina

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Ntilikina missed the previous game with upper-back soreness, but it is not likely to impede his status for Thursday's matchup with the Nuggets.

  • Dennis Smith Jr.

    Quadricep
    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith Jr. is suffering from a left quadriceps contusion, but he is expected to be active Sunday against the Celtics.

  • RJ Barrett

    Illness
    Prob Wed | probable

    Barrett was absent from the lineup during the last game with an illness, but it is likely that he will be available against the Raptors on Wednesday.