Top Games to Watch: No. 9 Knicks at Bucks

New York returns to London to battle Kidd's Bucks
by Charlie Widdoes

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10) Knicks "at" Bucks (In London, January 15, 2015)

After a grueling start, the Knicks' schedule offers a reprieve in the form of a second regular season trip to London in three years. This time, a January 15 matchup with the Bucks and new coach Jason Kidd, one month before All-Star mania takes over New York.  It'll be the Knicks' only game in a nine-day span, during which Derek Fisher and his squad will have the opportunity to bond across the pond.

Milwaukee will technically be the "home team," but the men in Orange and Blue should feel right at home at the 02 Arena; in addition to being the more experienced group, their recent history includes Carmelo Anthony's gold medal win in the 2012 Olympics (against Spain and new point guard Jose Calderon) and a regular season victory over Detroit in 2013. Like the Bucks, who are looking to rebound from the injuries and inconsistency that led them to the NBA's worst record a season ago, Melo and the Knicks will be motivated to put on a show for the British fans and return home with a win.

Milwaukee will have its hands full, but a chance to watch the young talent on its roster makes this matchup more intriguing than last season's win total would indicate. After using the 2nd overall pick in the draft on Jabari Parker, the Bucks are hoping he develops into a franchise player before long. The former Duke star will join forces with last year's breakout rookie, Giannis Antetokounmpo, to form one of the league's most promising wing tandems. 

Despite both teams' struggles, last season's matchups generated plenty of excitement, with wild finishes in three of four contests. The NBA and its fans overseas are hoping improvement from both teams will lead to even more compelling action this year.

Up next in the Top 10 Matchups Countdown: A meeting with divisonal rival Toronto with playoff implications.

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