Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview
Anthony leads the Knicks against the Bucks in the second matchup of the season. (Photo: Reuters)
The Milwaukee Bucks will visit the New York Knicks on Friday. The game will be broadcast live on FSN-WI and MSG at 7:30 p.m., ET, and can be seen via live TV stream online for free here, but please click on that link at your own risk.
The Bucks are seeking their ninth win in 13 games, while the Knicks are looking for their sixth win in eight games. The Bucks seek to even the season series with the Knicks, and they have played well at Madison Square Garden in recent seasons heading into Friday night's matchup. Milwaukee is 8-2 against Atlantic Division opponents, although it lost 102-88 at home in its only meeting with New York on Nov. 28.
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Anthony, who looks to extend his streak to 30 games of scoring at least 20 points, scored 29 points while sitting out the fourth quarter in the last game against the Bucks. He's averaging 29.7 in a three-game winning streak over Milwaukee, although the latter has won six of eight at Madison Square Garden.
Ironically, the Knicks' three-game winning streak against Milwaukee has happened without Amare Stoudemire, who went a perfect 7-for-7 on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic. New York has lost four straight games to the Bucks with Stoudemire available.
The Knicks should be worried about containing Milwaukee's high-scoring backcourt of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, who average 18.6 and 18.8 points per game respectively. Orlando guards Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick combined for 50 points in the Knicks' 113-97 home win.
The Bucks must make sure that they don't let the Knicks and their 10th ranked offense get too out in front. In Wednesday's 104-88 home defeat to the Chicago Bulls, the Bucks trailed by 18 at halftime and could never rally back.
If that happens, Ersan Ilyasova, who scored 18 points despite shooting 6 of 18 against Chicago, should be the go-to guy. Although he has totaled a mere five points in his last three games versus New York, he is averaging 21.5 points in his last six games.
Jennings can step up, too. He is averaging 20.1 points against New York, which is his highest average against any Eastern Conference opponent in his career.
Jason Kidd, who missed the first matchup with Milwaukee, is expected to return for the game against the Bucks after he sat out the Orlando game with a sore lower back.
Bucks forward Larry Sanders was out Wednesday because of illness and his status for this game is uncertain.