Knicks vs. Bucks Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 9 (Can Milwaukee Bounce Back at Madison Square Garden?)

Devon Platana
New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
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Knicks vs. Bucks Game Info

  • Date: Monday, January 9, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden -- New York City, New York
  • Coverage: MSG and BSWI

Six NBA matchups or scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9, including an Eastern Conference matchup between the New York Knicks (22-18) and Milwaukee Bucks (25-14) at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks have been playing some of their best basketball of the season lately, picking up their fourth straight win with a 112-108 effort against the Toronto Raptors on Friday. Meanwhile, the Bucks hope to return to their winning ways following a 138-109 blowout loss to the Charlotte Hornets in their last game.

Can the Knicks notch their fifth consecutive victory in front of their hometown crowd? Or will the Bucks bounce back?

Knicks vs. Bucks Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: MIL: (-108) | NY: (-108)
  • Spread: MIL: -1 (-108) | NY: +1 (-112)
  • Total: 221.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Tonight's odds from FanDuel Sportsbook point to this game being a pick 'em situation. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 221.5 points, which is the lowest of Monday's totals.

Bucks vs Knicks Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Bucks -2 - - 221.5 -110 -110 -134 114

Knicks vs. Bucks Betting Trends

  • The Bucks went 39-42-1 ATS last season.
  • The Knicks' ATS record as underdogs of 2 points or greater was 17-23 last season.
  • The Bucks and their opponents combined to hit the over 42 out of 82 times last season.
  • Out of 82 Knicks games last season, 39 went over the total.

Knicks vs. Bucks Prediction & Pick

Tonight's matchup marks the third and final time that the Knicks and Bucks will meet this season. So far, the Knicks haven't posed much of a threat to the Bucks, who won the first two matchups by an average of 8.5 points. Unsurprisingly, Giannis Antetokounmpo played a major role in those victories, averaging 33.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists.

Having said that, I believe that the Knicks will avoid being swept tonight. They're operating at a plus-11.5 scoring margin during their winning streak thanks to a defense that's held opponents to 98.3 PPG over that span. With the Bucks missing both Khris Middleton (knee) and Serge Ibaka (personal) from the lineup, I'm even more confident in New York.

Back the Knicks to keep the ball rolling against a tough — yet shorthanded — opponent.

Final Score Prediction: Knicks: 115 | Bucks: 112

Knicks vs. Bucks Best Bet

The Knicks are one of those teams that Giannis Antetokounmpo tends to have success against more often than not. The 'Greek Freak' is averaging 28.5 points in his last 19 games against New York, which includes back-to-back 30-plus point efforts against the Knicks this season.

After recording 38 points in his last game against the Knicks and going over 40 in five of his last nine games, I see Antetokounmpo going over his 31.5-point total tonight.

Bet: Giannis Antetounmpo — Points : Over 31.5 (-118)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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