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Bucks looking for 12th straight win Monday vs. Knicks

Milwaukee can extend streak to 12 games, which would be longest since 1981-82 season. We preview the game here.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo takes a shot in the second quarter during the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Fiserv Forum. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks will look to extend their winning streak to 12 games on Monday at home vs. the New York Knicks. Per, it would be the longest streak for the Bucks since 1981-82, when Sidney Moncrief was the team’s leading scorer and good ole Don Nelson was coach (save that for trivia night). Also worth noting is the Bucks’ 17-3 start is their best since the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons. That ‘70-71 team was led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, so Giannis Antetokounmpo is putting himself in some elite Milwaukee class so far this season.

It shouldn’t be too hard for the Bucks to extend the streak against the Knicks, who have their own streak going — six straight losses. New York is at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and enters tonight’s game as 16.5 underdogs on the road. While the Knicks will almost undoubtedly lose, they have done a decent job of covering such spreads (9-10-1 ATS this season).

From a fantasy basketball perspective, we could see this game get out of hand quickly, so it may be a night in which you look to fade Giannis at his $12,000 tag on DraftKings. I know that sounds crazy, but it would take at least 60 fantasy points for him to return value, and I’m not sure this game stays competitive enough for him to do so. Maybe in cash games, sure, but I don’t know if this is a GPP ceiling game for The Greek Freak.