A less than enthusiastic Bucks vs. Knicks Preview

The Milwaukee Bucks (8-39, 4-18 home) will try to end their six-game losing streak and avoid being the first team to 40 losses when they take on the Knicks of New York (19-28, 8-12 away) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Monday night. Tip-off is at 7:00 and Fox Sports Wisconsin has the television coverage.

Projected Starters

Bucks: Brandon Knight, Nate Wolters, Khris Middleton, Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders

Knicks: Pablo Prigioni, Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

Injury Report

Bucks: Zaza Pachulia will not play. O.J. Mayo, John Henson and Ekpe Udoh are all listed as day-to-day.

Knicks: Amare Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin are all out. Beno Udrih and Iman Shumpert are both questionable.

*Sadness*

Things are about as bad as they can get for the Bucks, who have won just one of their last sixteen games and are the only team in the league without double digit wins. On top of all of this, the Bucks have really been getting railed by injuries lately.

Failed expectations have certainly dominated the Bucks’ storylines this season, and the Knicks are experiencing similar disappointments as well. New York has already matched its total amount of losses from last season and currently sits a game out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

What to Watch For

Brandon Knight exploded for 36 points the last time the Bucks and Knicks met on December 18th, a game New York took in a 107-101 double overtime victory. Knight has asserted himself as the Bucks’ top option offensively and leads the team in scoring with 16.1 ppg. New York’s perimeter defense has been less than stellar so far this season and have been burned for huge performances on multiple occasions. Expect Knight to look to attack the basket.

Obviously, stopping Carmelo Anthony is always the defensive key for opponents of the Knicks. But maybe more importantly tonight is limiting the amount of open threes the Knicks get. In their last meeting, New York made 17 three pointers (J.R Smith went 5-17 from three BY HIMSELF), many of which were huge momentum killers for the Bucks, who played well offensively that game. If Milwaukee can get out and contest shooters, they could have a chance to win this game (but probably not).

Prediction

Some tears, a lot of pain, a little embarrassment, and the pro-tankers  in Milwaukee with big grins on their faces by the end of the night. Knicks win big.

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