New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and the rest of the New York Knicks look to snap their three-game skid tonight against the Bucks at MSG.

New York Knicks (2-3)
Milwaukee Bucks (2-3)
Friday, November 6, 2015, 7:30 PM
Madison Square Garden

By Chip Murphy

The New York Knicks will take on the Milwaukee Bucks in a rematch of their opening night victory.

New York pounded a favored Milwaukee team on the road. Tonight the matchup is at the Garden and both teams are in different places.

The Knicks will be going with the same starters tonight as they have had every night. Yes, that means still no Arron Afflalo and still more Jose Calderon. That’s not the biggest issue.

This is not the team that the Knicks beat 122-97 in Milwaukee just last week. No player in the league has had a hotter start than Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak is shooting a ridiculous 59 percent from the field while averaging over 20 PPG and grabbing 8 RPG. He’s also hitting half of his three point attempts and is averaging 38 MPG. Antetokounmpo is going to be a handful for Carmelo Anthony.

Bucks coach Jason Kidd knows Anthony’s game well from their playing days together and will use that tonight. Antetokounmpo is an excellent defender that will give Melo fits. Porzingis is not going to have it easy either going up against John Henson and Jabari Parker (on a minutes limitation still) but Anthony will see the worst of it.

I don’t see the Knicks beating this Milwaukee team twice in two weeks. They could really use a win though. That Cavs loss was deflating and made the hard fought Spurs game seem like it happened ten years ago.

It will be a good game tonight. It won’t be a Knicks’ victory.

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I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.