3 Keys to Knicks upsetting Bucks during In-Season Tournament quarterfinals

New York Knicks, Jalen Brunson, Milwaukee Bucks
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Three-point shooting

On Nov. 3, New York lost to Milwaukee in Wisconsin, 110-105. A loss is a loss, but it's a miracle that the Knicks lost by five points after the Bucks shot 51.3% from three (20-of-39). Milwaukee hit 10 more threes than New York (a 30-point advantage) but still struggled to put the Knicks away.

On the season, New York averages 13.7 made three-pointers a game and is shooting 37.7%. Milwaukee averages 14.1 made threes a game and is shooting 37.3%. The Bucks could easily get hot from three again, but it's more likely the Knicks won't shoot as poorly from deep.

In New York's past three games, the team has shot 16-of-36 (44.4%), 16-of-41 (39%), and 15-of-38 (39.5%) from three. If the Knicks can stay in that range against the Bucks, it could be enough to give them the advantage they'll need to move on.

It's also worth noting that Donte DiVincenzo has been on a hot streak lately, as he shot 7-of-9 from three on Friday. His career started in Milwaukee, and while the Knicks can't bank on DiVincenzo hitting seven threes again, he could be in for another big game.

The Knicks have already proven that even if they're shooting poorly from deep, they can still contend with the Bucks.