Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
The Record Projection: 45-37 of fromal The Bet: lean although Avoid under
The Milwaukee Bucks would want to win six matches in 2017-18 than they did throughout the 2016-17 campaign, to give more bettors a payout. That’s not an unreasonable leap for such a young and talented team, but it is still a bit unrealistic–even at the weakened Eastern Conference.
This roster is pervaded by upside. Just imagine how good the core of Thon Maker, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Malcolm Brogdon could become. Throw D.J. Wilson, Tony Snell and then Greg Monroe into the equation.
But questions persist.
Parker might not go back to the lineup until after the All-Star fracture since he rehabs the next torn ACL of his basketball career, which puts an excessive amount of strain on Antetokounmpo or among the unproven kids to shoulder minutes at power forward.
Maker is by no means a lock to be valuable in 2017-18, and regression could hit Brogdon following his Rookie of the Year campaign.
The Bucks will be fun. They ought to be thought of a playoff lock. But their development might not be as quick as some expect unless all of the crucial pieces remain healthy and don’t induce the coaching staff to rely on a less stimulating bench.
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