Knicks vs. Bucks preview: New York need to buckle down on 'D'

The Knicks need to pick up their defense - Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Knicks face the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday. To end their three-game losing streak the Knicks need to buckle down on defense.

The New York Knicks try to snap a three-game losing streak Wednesday night when they face the Milwaukee Bucks on the road (8 p.m. ET, MSG). To snap out of their recent skid, the Knicks will have to play better defense than they have recently.

The Knicks won their first six games, and did not allow a team to score 100 points or more until giving up exactly 100 in their sixth victory, a 104-100 win over the San Antonio Spurs. During their last seven games the Knicks (9-4) have gone 3-4, and have allowed 100 or more points four times, including three of their last four games.

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Seth Rosenthal of SB Nation's Posting and Toasting recently broke down the team's defensive issues:

(via sbnnewyorkknicks)

Guard Monta Ellis (19.1 points per game) leads the 7-5 Bucks in scoring. Point guard Brandon Jennings averages 16.1 points and 7.2 assists per game.

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Carmelo Anthony is averaging 26.3 points and 7.1 rebounds for New York, and point guard Raymond Felton is scoring 15.1 points and dishing out 7.1 assists per contest.

Knicks' starting guard Jason Kidd will miss his second straight game Wednesday due to back spasms.

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