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New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Preview and Predictions 01-14-2020


The Milwaukee Bucks are on pace for a 70-win season after reaching the midway point of their schedule. The team with the NBA's best record looks to add another victory when it hosts the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

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The Bucks have been playing like a team with a lot to prove despite an incredible first half of the season. "Obviously, teams are going to come and play hard against us, but at the end of the day we have to be the hunters," star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo told reporters. "We have to have that mentality. That's what we've been doing. We've won 35 games and played 41. That's crazy." The Knicks have lost in each of their past six visits to Milwaukee, including a 132-88 drubbing last season. New York enters this contest on a high note after rallying to post a 124-121 home victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday to snap a five-game losing skid.

TIME: 8 p.m. ET. TV: MSG, FS Wisconsin

ABOUT THE KNICKS (11-29): The defense has been shaky while allowing an average of 124 points over the past six games and that's not an ideal thing when it comes to trying to slow down the Bucks, who are tied with the Houston Rockets for the best scoring average (119.2) in the NBA. But New York's offense was stout against Miami and had a 40-27 scoring edge in the fourth quarter to swoop in and notch the victory. Power forward Julius Randle recorded 26 points and eight rebounds and rookie swingman RJ Barrett had 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting.

ABOUT THE BUCKS (35-6): Antetokounmpo registered 32 points and 17 rebounds in Saturday's 122-101 win over the host Portland Trail Blazers after scoring a season-low 13 points one night earlier against the Sacramento Kings when he took only nine shots (making four). "Usually when I'm not aggressive the previous game, I come out the next game more aggressive," Antetokounmpo told reporters after Saturday's triumph. "I can remember since I started playing basketball and that's what we did (Saturday)." Forward Khris Middleton (30 points) and point guard Eric Bledsoe (29) also enjoyed stellar performances against the Trail Blazers.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Bucks have won four straight meetings and 10 of the past 11.

2. New York F Marcus Morris (neck) will likely miss his fifth straight game.

3. Milwaukee reached the 100-point mark in 65 straight games, the longest streak since the Dallas Mavericks had a 67-game run from Jan. 15 to Dec. 10, 1986.

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Last Injuries

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Sterling Brown

    Illness
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Brown missed the last game due to illness, and his status is unclear for Tuesday's clash against the Wizards.

  • Robin Lopez

    Illness
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Lopez missed his third straight game due to illness, and it is unknown if he will be available for Tuesday's clash with the Wizards.

  • Wesley Matthews

    Illness
    Prob Fri | probable

    Matthews is ailing from an illness but is expected to face the Hornets on Friday.

  • Wesley Matthews

    Finger
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Matthews has a left finger sprain, but he is likely to suit up against the Celtics on Thursday.

  • Donte DiVincenzo

    Finger
    Prob Thurs | probable

    DiVincenzo is expected to play Thursday against the Celtics despite a right finger sprain.

  • Frank Mason

    Oblique
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Mason missed the last game with a strained left oblique, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Celtics on Thursday.

  • Robin Lopez

    Rest
    Out Tues | out

    Lopez will not be available for Tuesday's matchup against the Knicks as he is to be rested.

  • Kyle Korver

    Back
    Prob Tues | probable

    Korver missed the last game while tending to a sore back, but it is projected that he will be available for Tuesday's clash against the Knicks.

New York Knicks

  • Danilo Gallinari

    Thumb
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Gallinari sat out the last game due to left thumb soreness, and it is undetermined if he will play against the Mavericks on Monday.

  • RJ Barrett

    Ankle
    Early Feb | out

    Barrett suffered a right ankle sprain, and he is expected to be out until at least the early part of February.

  • Marcus Morris Sr.

    Ankle
    Prob Wed | probable

    Morris Sr. sustained a right ankle sprain in the previous game, but he is likely to be available for Wednesday's battle versus the Lakers.

  • Wayne Ellington

    Illness
    Prob Wed | probable

    Ellington missed his second straight game due to illness, but he is likely to face the Lakers on Wednesday.

  • Dennis Smith Jr.

    Oblique
    Prob Wed | probable

    Smith is out of commission due to a left oblique strain. He is expected to return to action Wednesday against the Lakers.

  • Danilo Gallinari

    Rest
    Out Sat | out

    Gallinari will not be available for Saturday's matchup versus the Trail Blazers as he is to be rested.

  • Reggie Bullock

    Neck
    Prob Sat | probable

    Bullock was absent from the lineup during the last game with neck soreness, but he is likely to take the court Saturday versus the 76ers.

  • Marcus Morris Sr.

    Neck
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Morris Sr. has been absent from the lineup with a sore neck. It is anticipated that he will return to the fold Thursday against the Suns.