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Fiserv Forum showcases an intriguing Eastern Conference matchup on Friday evening. The New York Knicks visit the Milwaukee Bucks in a tilt between teams with three victories each already in 2022-23. New York is 3-1 after an overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, while Milwaukee is 3-0 following a victory over the Brooklyn Nets in its last contest. Khris Middleton (wrist), Pat Connaughton (calf), and Joe Ingles (knee) are out for the Bucks, with Quentin Grimes (foot) ruled out for the Knicks.

Caesars Sportsbook lists the Bucks as 6-point home favorites, and tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over/under, is 223.5 in the latest Knicks vs. Bucks odds. Before you make any NBA predictions with the Knicks vs. Bucks match-up, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past four seasons. The model enters Week 2 of the 2022-23 NBA season on a stunning 91-63 roll on all top-rated NBA picks that dates back to last season, returning more than $2,100. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Bucks. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Bucks vs. Knicks:

  • Knicks vs. Bucks spread: Bucks -6
  • Knicks vs. Bucks over/under: 223.5 points
  • Knicks vs. Bucks money line: Bucks -250, Knicks +205
  • NYK: The Knicks are 3-1 against the spread in 2022-23
  • MIL: The Bucks are 3-0 against the spread in 2022-23
  • Knicks vs. Bucks picks: See picks at SportsLine
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Why the Knicks can cover

New York has been a defense-first team in previous seasons, but the Knicks are red-hot on offense to begin the 2022-23 campaign. The Knicks are scoring more than 1.16 points per possession, a top-five figure in the NBA and New York has an impressive 33.3% offensive rebound rate. Tom Thibodeau's team is averaging 1.98 assists for every turnover, and the Knicks are in the top eight with 48.0% field goal shooting and 56.3% 2-point shooting. 

New York is also averaging only 13.5 turnovers per game, with three players averaging at least 17 points per game. That includes newly acquired point guard Jalen Brunson, who is putting up 20.0 points and 8.5 assists per game while shooting 51.7% from the field. On defense, the Knicks are allowing 43.3% shooting from the field and 30.3% from 3-point range, and New York is averaging 6.3 blocked shots per game to begin the campaign.

Why the Bucks can cover

Milwaukee has arguably the best player in the NBA in the middle of its roster. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a two-time MVP, and he is averaging 36.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game this season. He is shooting 67.7% from the field, and Antetokounmpo has 87 points in 66 minutes over the last two games. He sets the tone for a team with a +10.7 net rating, and the Bucks are shooting 55.4% from 2-point range and 47.1% from the field.

Antetokounmpo is also an elite defender, and the Bucks are No. 1 in the league in defensive rating, allowing 0.98 points per possession. Milwaukee also sits atop the league in 3-point percentage allowed (31.8%), 2-point percentage allowed (44.8%), and field goal percentage allowed (40.5%) this season. The Bucks are also leading the NBA with 9.3 blocked shots per game, with top-five rankings in assists allowed per game (20.0) and defensive rebound rate (77.4%).

How to make Bucks vs. Knicks picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Under on the total, projecting 222 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits more than 50% of the time. See which side to back at SportsLine.

So who wins Knicks vs. Bucks? And which side of the spread hits more than 50% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.