- Current Prediction: 68-72 wins, an appearance in the NBA Finals
- Current Pick: Win the Eastern Conference
After being listed at -5000 to win the Central Division five weeks ago, Milwaukee is now sitting at a preposterous -15000. So while there is clearly no upside in betting on the Bucks to capture their division, I still like their +125 price tag to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2020 NBA Finals.
To give you an idea of just how good Milwaukee has been, their current point differential is +12.6. The record for the highest point differential in NBA history is 12.3 – set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
- Prediction: 65-68 wins, an appearance in the NBA Finals
- Pick: Win the Eastern Conference
As ridiculously good as Giannis Antetokounmpo was a season ago, the reigning NBA MVP is playing at an even higher level this year. Milwaukee is getting solid contributions from a myriad of, but the reason they’re on top of the Eastern Conference standings is simple.
The Greek Freak is staking his claim as the best basketball player on the entire planet.
- Prediction: Top seed in the East
- Pick: No recommended bet
The Milwaukee Bucks are certainly one of the strongest teams in the East. There’s no reason to believe their regular season record will be much different from last year, so a top 2 seed in the East is almost certain. The big question is what happens in the playoffs. It still feels like other teams, namely the 76ers and the top franchises in the West are more balanced.
The Bucks were absolutely phenomenal in the 2017-18 regular season, and there’s no reason to believe that will change. The Greek Freak is surrounded by a bunch of excellent shooters, so the team’s offense will be skillful.
They also have a decent defense, so 60 wins are a realistic target. The bigger question is, what’ll happen during the playoffs? Kawhi Leonard is playing for the Pacific Division and Philly is weaker on paper, but they’re still dangerous. The Nets, if KD returns, and the Celtics are the only other contenders for the crown in the Eastern Conference.
The price of +200 for the Bucks to get it might be tempting, but it feels fair all things considered.