On This Page
  • Orlando Magic Betting in 2019-20
  • More Orlando Magic and NBA Betting for 2019-20
  • The Orlando Magic in 2019-20
  • More NBA Team Guides
  • Orlando Magic Overview and Key Info
  • Orlando Magic History
  • Home Court – Fiserv Forum
  • Milwaukee Bucks Head Coaches
  • Milwaukee Bucks Last Five Seasons
  • Milwaukee Bucks All-Time Career Leaders
  • Bucks Trivia

Milwaukee Bucks Betting and Team Guide

If you’re interested in betting on the Milwaukee Bucks, this page will provide a solid base. Our team guide covers key facts and stats about the organization’s history, but it also covers the present. We follow the latest betting odds closely and share our predictions here. They’re updated regularly based on the latest news about the Bucks.

Milwaukee Bucks Betting in 2019-20

Here are the latest Milwaukee Bucks betting odds for the 2019-20 NBA season.

Latest Milwaukee Bucks Odds for 2019-20

Milwaukee Bucks to Win the 2020 NBA Championship +225
Milwaukee Bucks to Win the 2020 NBA Eastern Conference -175
Milwaukee Bucks to Win the 2020 NBA Central Division N/A

Milwaukee Bucks Predictions for 2019-20

  • Current Prediction: 69-72 wins, an appearance in the NBA Finals
  • Current Pick: Win the Eastern Conference
  • Last Updated: February 28th

The Bucks are starting to look like they’re a sure thing to win 70 or more games, and I’m not sure anyone in the Eastern Conference can even hold a candle to Mike Budenholzer’s group. Frankly, I see the Clippers as Milwaukee’s only genuine obstacle standing in the way between them and a ring.

I hope you snagged the Bucks to win their conference in mid-January when they were still sitting at +125 to make it to the Finals. Heading into March, Milwaukee is now a massive -175 favorite to advance to the title.

Not only is Giannis Antetokounmpo on his way to winning his second straight MVP award, but he’s the frontrunner to claim the Defensive Player of the Year award as well.

Previous Milwaukee Bucks Predictions

January 16th

  • 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.

December 6th

  • 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.

October 8th

  • 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.

Season Preview

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.

Milwaukee Bucks News and Updates

February 28th, by Michael Wynn

It seems as if every couple of weeks the Bucks lose a basketball game. Other than that, they just go out and dominate the competition night in and night out. To put their brilliance into perspective, Milwaukee has won 48 of their last 54 games after beginning the season 2-2.

After staying quiet at the trade deadline, the Bucks signed Marvin Williams to boost their second unit. The 33-year-old forward should have just enough left in the tank to assert himself into Coach Budenholzer’s rotation.

Previous News and Updates

January 16th, by Michael Wynn

Giannis Antetokounmpo is on his way to likely being named as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season. The Greek Freak’s efficiency has been off the charts, which is the main reason the Bucks lead the NBA averaging a whopping 119.4 points per game.

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.

December 6th, by Michael Wynn

Milwaukee puts its 13-game winning streak on the line tonight at home vs. the Clippers in what could be a preview of the 2020 NBA Finals. As is, there’s a chance that the Bucks current roster is substantial enough to make a run deep into June. However, forbes.com recently took a look at 4 potential trade candidates Milwaukee could be targeting before February.

October 14, by Jerry Summer

The Milwaukee Bucks are enjoying a strong preseason, as the team is yet to lose a game. Giannis looks excellent, the rest of the roster is supporting him well and Donte DiVincenzo might be on the road to a breakout year. The signs in the preseason are good so far and I expect strong start from the Bucks in the regular season too.

July 7, by Jerry Summer

The main target of the Bucks was to keep their core team from last year, and that’s what happened in the summer. Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez were re-signed and the team even added Robin Lopez and Kyle Korver for more depth.

More Milwaukee Bucks and NBA Betting for 2019-20

If you’re interested in more useful NBA betting pages, you should take a look at the following sections of our website.

 
NBA Betting HQ
This main NBA page connects all the dots. It gives you access to betting odds, tips on building a profitable strategy, updates, news, and everything else related to the league.
 
NBA Game Picks
Once the season starts, our experts will frequently add picks and analysis for the NBA games on this page.
 
NBA Odds
We list the latest betting odds for all popular futures and outrights here, including the prices for the NBA Winner, MVP, and similar.
 
NBA Predictions
If you want long-term predictions for the mainstream NBA futures markets, this is the place you can find them.

Another place that might be interesting for people who want to bet on the Bucks is our blog. We have a couple of writers that share their opinions and predictions there. You could check out some of the latest posts below.

The Milwaukee Bucks in 2019-20

Milwaukee Bucks Roster in 2019-20

A team’s roster is their key to success, so let’s take a look who the Bucks have at their disposal.

  • Eric Bledsoe – Guard
  • George Hill – Guard
  • Frank Mason III – Guard
  • Cameron Reynolds – Guard
  • Jae’sean Tate – Guard
  • Robert Johnson – Guard
  • Trevon Duval – Guard
  • Fletcher Magee – Guard
  • Rayjon Tucker – Guard
  • Trae Bell-haynes – Guard
  • Wesley Matthews – Guard
  • Kyle Korver – Guard
  • Pat Connaughton – Guard
  • Donte Divincenzo – Guard
  • Sterling Brown – Guard
  • Khris Middleton – Forward
  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo – Forward
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo – Forward
  • Ersan Ilyasova – Forward
  • D.J. Wilson – Forward
  • Jon Leuer – Forward
  • Dragan Bender – Forward
  • Jordan Barnett – Forward
  • Luke Maye – Forward
  • Daulton Hommes – Forward
  • T.J Cline – Forward
  • Brook Lopez – Center
  • Robin Lopez – Center

Projected Starting Lineup

Here’s the projected starting lineup for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2019-20 season.

  • Eric Bledsoe Point Guard
  • Wesley Matthews Shooting Guard
  • Khris Middleton Small Forward
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo Power Forward
  • Brook Lopez Center

That’s pretty much the same starting five from last year, and these guys were the main reason the Bucks got 60 wins. Giannis is an absolute two-way beast who is unstoppable on the drive, and the rest of the starters provide exceptional shooting from the outside.

It’s an offense that is close to impossible to stop, and we expect the same situation in 2019-20. At the same time, the Bucks have an above average defense too, so they can contain a lot of the teams.

If Giannis can improve his shooting from three, the Bucks will be truly unstoppable.

Depth and Bench

A lot of people focus on Giannis and the starters of the Milwaukee Bucks, but the bench is impressive, too. Guys like George Hill, Ersan Ilyasova, Robin Lopez, and Kyle Korver provide enough depth and quality. There are a couple of other players that will receive some play time, so the Bucks can control the load of the starters throughout the season and keep them fresh for the important battles during the playoffs.

Milwaukee Bucks Staff in 2019-20

Let’s take a look at the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks’ key personnel for the 2019-20 NBA season.

  • Head Coach: Mike Budenholzer
  • Coaching Staff: Chad Forcier, Darvin Ham, Charles Lee, Ben Sullivan, Patrick St. Andrews, Joshua Longstaff, Vin Baker, Scott Faust
  • Ownership: Wesley Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan
  • General Manager: Jon Horst

We all saw how coach Mike Budenholzer transformed the offense of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2018-19. The head coach could very well lead this team to the NBA Finals this season, especially now that Kawhi has gone to the west. The team will have an unstoppable offense and the only question is whether Giannis will receive enough help when it matters the most.

Coach Budenholzer knows that and we expect the answer to be positive, at least when it comes to winning the Eastern Conference. The monsters from the Western Conference are another story.

Milwaukee Bucks Schedule in 2019-20

A lot of people underestimate the importance of the schedule when betting on the NBA. Despite some changes from the league executives, there are still moments that are tougher than others and that reflects on the performance of each team. The Bucks are not an exception, so we’ll make sure to add all the dates once the schedule is up. We’ll also highlight the toughest streaks throughout the season.

More NBA Team Guides

Other Teams From the Central Division

Other Teams From the Eastern Conference

All Western Conference Teams

Milwaukee Bucks Overview and Key Info

 The Milwaukee Bucks weren’t subjected to the slow climb to the top that many teams experienced in their first few decades.

They played their inaugural game in 1968 and were in the playoffs their second season. The third was the charm, though, as the Bucks won their one and only NBA championship in 1971, defeating the Baltimore Bullets in a 4-0 sweep.

In their 50 years in the NBA, the Bucks have won 13 division titles and had a second shot at a second championship in 1974. They won the conference but ultimately lost to the Celtics in the finals.

While the Bucks have been playing at the BMO Harris Bradley Center since 1988, they played in a new home court for the 2018-2019 season with the completion of the brand-new Fiserv Forum. The team also had a new head coach for the 2018-2019 season as Mike Budenholzer, formerly of the Atlanta Hawks, was hired as Milwaukee’s 16th coach since 1968.

Here is some general information about the organization.

Milwaukee Bucks – Key Info
Established
1989
Current Team Location
In Orlando, Florida, since 1989
Division
Eastern Conference – Southeast
Arena
Amway Center
G League Team
Lakeland Magic
Website
www.nba.com/magic
Team Value (Forbes 2018)
$1.225 billion

Milwaukee Bucks History

The Milwaukee Bucks have been in the NBA since their first game in 1968 as the newest expansion team.

Milwaukee Momentum

While the name resulted from a fan contest, it didn’t receive the most votes. It came in second to the Milwaukee Robins. But the winner reasoned that the Bucks were “spirited, good jumpers, fast, and agile,” and it was enough to convince the judges (and earn him a new car!).

Unlike many new teams that take a while to get momentum going, the Bucks started out strong in their second season. They finished second in the Eastern division and beat the 76ers in the division semifinals before losing to the Knicks in the division finals.

1971 NBA Champions

In season three (1970-71), Milwaukee won their only NBA championship. They defeated the Baltimore Bullets in a 4-0 sweep. Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) was the MVP, and the team was coached by Larry Costello, who spent the 1968-1976 seasons in charge.

In 1974, they had a second shot at the championship title when they faced the Celtics but ended up losing in a 4-3 contest. That season was the last time the Bucks have made it to the finals.

Bucks Notables

There have been 11 Hall of Famers on the Bucks roster at one time or another.

Oscar Robertson was the first. He played for Milwaukee from 1970-74 and was inducted in 1980. Other members include Dave Cowens, “Tiny” Nate Archibald, Bob Lanier, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Alex English, Moses Malone, Adrian Dantley, Gary Payton, Guy Rodgers, and Ray Allen.

Eight numbers have been retired by the franchise, starting with Oscar Robertson in 1974. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the last to date and had his #33 retired. The other honorees include Junior Bridgeman, Sidney Moncrief, Bob Dandridge, Jon McGlocklin, Bob Lanier, and Brian Winters.

Milwaukee Bucks Championships and Playoffs

    • 1 NBA Championship: 1971
    • 2 Conference Titles: 1974, 1971
    • 14 Division Titles: 2019, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1976, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1971

Home Court – Fiserv Forum

  • Inaugurated: 2018
  • Renovated: n/a
  • Capacity: 17,500
  • Former Names: n/a

The Fiserv Forum is the Milwaukee Bucks’ official venue for the 2018-19 season and is a brand-new facility located in downtown Milwaukee. Their former home, the BMO Harris Bradley Center, was at the top of its game when it opened in ’88. But with new NBA arenas popping up across the US, the Bradley Center became dated very quickly.

While Fiserv is a multi-purpose venue, it’s primarily used for basketball, with the Bucks and the NCAA’s Marquette Golden Eagles serving as the two permanent tenants. The arena also plays host to numerous concerts and events.

Fiserv Forum seats more than 17,000 people including club seats and luxury suites. The scoreboard is also the largest symmetric panel in the NBA.

  • Venue Address: Fiserv Forum, 1001 N. Fourth Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203
  • Mailing Address: Milwaukee Bucks, 1543 North 2nd Street, 6th Floor, Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone: 414-227-0599

Milwaukee Bucks Head Coaches

The Milwaukee Bucks’ first two head coaches are truly the leaders of the pack. Both Larry Costello (1968-1976) and Don Nelson (1976-1987) recorded .600+ winning percentages.

Costello was the first head coach, and despite having a 27-55 first-year record, he left the Bucks with a 410-264 (.608) win-loss and is behind Milwaukee’s only NBA championship. The Bucks swept the Baltimore Bullets in four games to become the 1971 NBA champs.

Don Nelson spent ten seasons in Milwaukee following Costello. He was not only named NBA Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1985 but is still one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. Nelson earned a .611 regular season winning percentage with a 42-46 (.477) playoff record. He’s at the top of the leaderboard for games coached with 962.

The only other coach who put in at least one full season and left with a winning record was George Karl (1998-2003). Karl coached 378 regular-season and 32 playoff games with 205-173 and 14-18 records. Karl led the Bucks to three consecutive post-seasons with a conference finals appearance in 2001.

Last 10 Milwaukee Bucks Head Coaches
# Years Name W-L % Playoffs % Championships
16 2018 – Mike Budenholzer 60-22 .732 10-5 .667
15 2018 Joe Prunty 21-16 .568 3-4 .400
14 2014-18 Jason Kidd 139-152 .478 4-8 .333
13 2013-14 Larry Drew 15-67 .183 X-X
12 2013 Jim Boylan 22-28 .444 0-4 .000
11 2008-13 Scott Skiles 162-182 .471 3-4 .429
10 2007-08 Larry Krystkowiak 31-69 .310 X-X
9 2005-07 Terry Stotts 63-83 .432 1-4 .200
8 2003-05 Terry Porter 71-93 .433 1-4 .200
7 1998-03 George Karl 205-173 .542 14-18 .438

Mike Budenholzer signed on for the 2018-19 season as the 16th Milwaukee coach in franchise history. Budenholzer was an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs for 17 seasons from 1996-2013. Most recently, he served as head coach for the Atlanta Hawks from 2013-18.

With the Hawks, Budenholzer compiled a 213-197 record in the regular season for a .520 winning percentage. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 2015 as well as the NBA All-Star Game head coach that same season.

Milwaukee Bucks Last Five Seasons

Season Coach Finish W-L % Playoffs Points Leader (avg/game)
2018-19 Mike Budenholzer 1st 60-22 .732 Lost Conf. Finals Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.7)
2017-18 Kidd/Prunty 3rd 44-38 .537 Lost First Round Giannis Antetokounmpo (26.9)
2016-17 Jason Kidd 2nd 42-40 .512 Lost First Round Giannis Antetokounmpo (22.9)
2015-16 Jason Kidd 5th 33-49 .402 Khris Middleton (18.2)
2014-15 Jason Kidd 3rd 41-41 .500 Lost First Round Michael Carter-Williams (14.6)

Milwaukee Bucks All-Time Career Leaders

Category Name Stats Years
Points Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 14,211 1969-1975
Average Pts/Game Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 30.43 1969-1975
Assists Paul Pressey 3,272 1982-1990
Rebounds Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 7,161 1969-1975

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The player who dominates the Milwaukee Bucks’ all-time leaderboard was previously known as Lew Alcindor when he was the first-round, first overall pick by the Bucks in the 1969 NBA draft.

Alcindor was out of UCLA where he was a three-time consensus first-team All-American, three-time National College Player of the Year, and three-time NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player from 1967-1969. He was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1970 and also received his first of 19 All-Star selections that season.

In 1971, Alcindor changed his name to his Muslim name, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Kareem was on Milwaukee’s 1971 championship team, earning the MVP nod in the NBA Finals. In 1974, he requested a trade and finished his career with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1975-1989.

He’s a ten-time All-NBA First Teamer and five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team. In both 1971 and ’72, he was the NBA’s scoring champion. He was also the 1976 NBA rebounding champion and four-times NBA blocks leader. In addition to being a Bucks all-time leader, he’s still the NBA league-leader for points scored (38,387) and 1,074 career wins.

His number 33 was retired by the Bucks and Lakers, and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Paul Pressey

In addition to being the Bucks franchise leader with 3,272 assists, Paul Pressey is unofficially the creator of the point forward position. Pressey was Milwaukee’s first-round pick in 1982. He had played college ball at Western Texas (1978-80) and was a consensus second-team All-American and MVC Player of the Year in 1982 at the University of Tulsa.

In the NBA, Paul was twice-named All-Defensive First-Team (1985-86) and Second Team in 1987. He was a member of the Bucks team from 1982-90 and then played two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and one with the Golden State Warriors as a player-coach. Since retiring as a player, he’s held various coaching positions with the Warriors, Spurs, Magic, Celtics, Hornets, Cavaliers, and Lakers.

Glenn Robinson

As Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominates the Milwaukee Bucks leaderboard, we’ll give special mention to Glenn Robinson. The small forward is the Bucks’ runner-up for average points per game with 21.14. Robinson played at Purdue for two seasons (1992-1994) and was the NCAA’s Division I scoring leader in 1994.

Also, that year, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Athlete of the Year, consensus first-team All-American, and National College Player of the Year. He was Milwaukee’s first-round, first pick overall in 1994 and was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team in ’95.

After eight seasons with the Bucks, he spent a season each in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and San Antonio before retiring with 14,234 points, 4,189 rebounds, and 1,879 assists.

Bucks Trivia

If the Milwaukee owners had gone strictly by popular fan vote, the Milwaukee Bucks would be named the Milwaukee Robins, after the state bird.

Bango is the official mascot of the Bucks and suffered an injury during the 2009 All-Star Weekend in Phoenix. He was standing on the rim of one of the baskets, and his right leg slipped through the hoop, pulling him entirely through the basket. Bango ended up being out of commission for the rest of the season but also became a YouTube sensation.

Milwaukee’s first NBA team wasn’t the Bucks. It was the Atlanta Hawks, who were Milwaukee-based from 1952 through 1955 before heading to Georgia.

In 1983’s postseason, the Bucks became the first and only NBA team to sweep the Boston Celtics, with a roster that included Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish.

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was traded to the LA Lakers in 1975, the Bucks received four players: Elmore Smith, Dave Meyers, Brian Winters, and Junior Bridgeman.