Knicks Rally From 21 Points Down and +750 Live Odds to Beat the Bucks in Milwaukee

New York Knicks Win Over Bucks Background

  • The New York Knicks erased a 21-point lead and +750 live odds to beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
  • New York trailed Milwaukee 40-19 early in the second quarter but New York outscored Milwaukee 94-60 in the final three-quarters of the game.
  • The Knicks are now 4-1 SU in five road games played this season.

Another day in the NBA, another big comeback, and another big betting upset.

One day after the Lakers blew a 16-point lead and lost to the OKC Thunder as favorites of -640 at the Moneyline and -11.5 at the spread line, the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks fell in another huge upset.

Well, the Bucks weren’t that much of a betting favorite entering Friday’s game against the New York Knicks as a -155 Moneyline and -3 point spread betting favorites at the Fiserv Forum. But after a strong start, the Bucks saw themselves establish an early 21-point lead 38-17 at the end of the first quarter.

At that point in the game, the Knicks’ Moneyline live odds ballooned to +750 and the spread line was increased to +14.5. But that’s when the fun began.

Knicks Had a 43-Point Swing

The Bucks extended their lead to 40-19 at the 10:51 mark of the second quarter and at that point, New York only had a 13% chance of winning the game. But instead of folding, the young and hungry Knicks team rallied to cut the deficit to only five points at the halfway mark of the second quarter and trailed 63-56 at the end of the first half.

The Knicks stayed close throughout most of the start of the second half and were finally able to tie the game at 80-all with 2:14 left in the third period. New York finally tasted the lead less than a minute later with an RJ Barett layup and held an 88-83 lead at the end of three quarters.

Then Derrick Rose exploded in the final quarter, scoring 10 of his 23 points while the Bucks struggled with ice-cold shooting. The Knicks even went up by as much as 21 points for a 43-point swing before settling with a 113-98 road win against the defending NBA champions.

New York ended up outsourcing Milwaukee 94-60 in the final three quarters in a stunning comeback victory. The win was the largest for the Knicks in a game where they trailed by at least 20 points in the last 25 years. With the win, the Knicks improved to 6-3 on the season and New York is now 4-1 SU in five games played on the road this season.

RJ Barrett on Fire for the Knicks

Julius Randle is a long shot +6500 to win the NBA MVP award, but once again, he was New York’s MVP on Friday night, scoring a game-high 32 points, 16 in each half, to pace the Knicks attack. Derrick Rose has the 4th best odds to win the Sixth Man award at +2500 via the best NBA betting sites, and he proved his worth again with 23 points and a monster 4th quarter. But while those performances were expected of Randle and Rose, RJ Barrett continued to be on fire for the Knicks on Friday.

Barrett score 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and issues three assists in 39 minutes of solid action for the Knicks. In his last five games played, Barrett has averaged 25.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game on 51.7% field goal shooting and 50% on his three-pointers at 6.4 attempts per game.

The 3rd pick of the 2019 NBA Draft has scored at least 20 points in each of his last five games played. Barrett is the youngest player in the storied history of the Knicks to score 20 points, grab five rebounds, and hit multiple three-pointers in four consecutive games.

New York finished 4th in the East last season but was eliminated in the first round by the 5th seeded Atlanta Hawks. But the Knicks have bounced back strong this year, at least up until this point. With Randle and Rose continuing to carry the Knicks, Barrett’s quantum leap, if he can continue improving throughout the season, will be the key to the Knicks’ postseason success.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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