Knicks Preview: 5 Keys to Defeating Milwaukee Bucks

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Jan 29, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) watches from the bench during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats New York 103-82. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2. Exploit Carmelo Anthony’s Matchup

Leading into this matchup, a highly anticipated matchup was Carmelo Anthony going up against third-year wing Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo will miss the season-opener, however, which gives New York a unique opportunity.

Khris Middleton is no easy matchup, but Anthony must exploit The Greek Freak’s absence.

With Jabari Parker also out, Middleton’s support in defending Anthony will include Chris Copeland and John Henson. Copeland is a competitive player and Henson an outstanding interior defender, but neither match up well.

Not only can Anthony go to the post, but he can shoot and drive from anywhere on the court.

Anthony’s prowess is well-documented as a former scoring champion and eight-time All-Star. He’s received his accolades based on the strength of his scoring, and that’s what he’ll need to do against Milwaukee.

If Anthony doesn’t go off for 30-plus points, New York will have a tough time generating offense against the Bucks’ vaunted—albeit shorthanded—defense.

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