MILWAUKEE -- Facing a short-handed Bucks squad would be good news for the Knicks, who would like to get back on track after snapping a two-game winning streak with a 30-point loss Wednesday at Boston -- their fourth in the last six games.
Avoiding Antetokounmpo, who averaged 28 points with 10.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in three games against New York last season, including a buzzer-beater at the Garden on Jan. 4, would be a big break for the Knicks. They've struggled against big, quick and athletic opponents. With Antetokounmpo leading the charge, the Bucks certainly fall into that category.
"We need everybody to play as hard as they can," New York coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We're not the size and athleticism of a lot of these teams, so we've got to do that."
The Knicks come into the game six games under .500 and 10th in the Eastern Conference but are still within striking distance of the playoffs, trailing No. 8 Philadelphia by three games and No. 7 Milwaukee by five.
Friday's game marks the end of a 20-game stretch that included 16 on the road.
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