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February 09, 2010 Milwaukee, WI. Bradley Center..Milwaukee Bucks Brandon Jennings had 18 points and 5 assists..Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Detroit Pistons 81-93. Mike McGinnis/CSM.

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The New York Knicks have a chance to pad their lead for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot, but it probably won't be easy judging from their past results against Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Knicks have posted blowout wins in all four home games under interim coach Mike Woodson heading into Monday night's matchup against Jennings and a Bucks team that enters on a five-game road win streak. New York (24-25) leads Milwaukee (22-26) by 1-12 games for the final postseason berth, and the Knicks view this contest in similar terms to Wednesday's 82-79 win at Philadelphia, which bolstered their Atlantic Division title hopes. "Obviously, a very, very big game, right up there with our game against Philly," point guard Jeremy Lin said. "We need to make sure we come out there and do the same and if we can get that one, I think we'll be in a good position." The Bucks have won 12 of the last 14 meetings and eight of nine since selecting Jennings with the 10th overall pick in 2009 after New York bypassed him at No. 8. "The next game is Milwaukee, it's going to be a tough one for us," forward Amare Stoudemire said. Jennings' 20.7 scoring average against New York is his second best versus any Eastern Conference club, while his 22.2 average at Madison Square Garden is his best in any arena where he's played at least three games. He's averaging 36.5 points in his last two visits to MSG and 30.5 in two victories over New York this season. The Bucks guard has a new backcourt mate in Monta Ellis, acquired March 14 from Golden State. The players have shown some trouble getting used to each other in five games together, with Jennings averaging 14.2 points and Ellis 13.8. New York has won its four home games under Woodson by an average of 24.5 points while Milwaukee has captured its three road contests since adding Ellis by an average of 23.7. Still, Woodson is hoping the Knicks can cut down on their sloppy play. New York averages 16.5 turnovers for one of the league's worst marks, overcoming 22 in Saturday's 101-79 home rout of Detroit. "From a basketball standpoint, the turnovers - it's just ridiculous I think," Woodson said. "We're just too nonchalant with the basketball and not reading it." Stoudemire's back stiffened up Saturday, but he said he would be OK. Milwaukee will be happy to have had Sunday off after a terrible performance Saturday in a 125-104 home defeat to Indiana in its third game in as many nights. The Bucks allowed the Pacers to shoot 51.2 percent and attempt 39 free throws. "We have to play much better defensively," forward Ersan Ilyasova said. "We give up a lot of easy points, a lot of second-chance opportunities for them. To be a playoff team, we gotta be much better defensively." The Bucks are in the midst of their longest road win streak since a six-game run Feb. 5-27, 2010 - a stretch that included two MSG wins. The Knicks last won five in a row at home during a six-game streak Dec. 1-22, 2009.
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