The Milwaukee Bucks are currently in 7th place with a 33-34 record in the Eastern Conference. The team will try to make the playoffs again with their young core after making it two seasons ago, but failing to in the 2015-16 season.
Right now, there are five teams that are in serious contention for the seventh and eighth seeds in the Eastern Conference to make the playoffs. They are the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, and the Chicago Bulls.
Let’s assume that to make the playoffs in the east, the Bucks will have to have a slightly higher than .500 record. So, to secure a spot in the playoffs, they will need to win at least eight of the next 15 games.
After tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Bucks will be halfway through their six-game west coast road trip.
Unfortunately, the players won’t be able to spend much time in Milwaukee after the road trip ends in Sacramento on March 22. After this road trip, the Bucks will still have to play a little over half of their games — six out of 11 — away from their home court.
And it doesn’t help that they have three back-to-backs left before the end of the season, all on the road. So far this season, the Bucks have lost in second games of back-to-backs eight out of 13 times.
But there is reason for Bucks fans to be optimistic about the last stretch of the NBA season. In the month of March, the Bucks have been playing phenomenally with a record of 7-2.
Also, only six of the next 15 games will be against teams with winning records. And two of those times, against the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, the games will be on the second night of a back-to-back and already expected to be a loss.
So even if the Bucks lose every game against teams with a winning record – which is not a given after last night’s huge victory over the LA Clippers – as well as the second game of a back-to-back against the Sacramento Kings on March 22, it will still only add up to seven games.
Sure, there is not much wiggle room with odds like that, but there is no reason why the Bucks can’t win the eight games needed to make the playoffs. They just need to find a way to protect their home court and steal a few away games.
If they make the playoffs, they have a proven star in Giannis Antetokounmpo who can make the Bucks a matchup problem that no Eastern Conference powerhouse would want to play in the first round.
And they’ll make game prep hell for whoever they would face in the first round too.
How can you game plan against a coach who still hasn’t finalized his big man rotation?!
You didn’t think I would write a Bucks article without a jab at Jason Kidd’s rotations, did you?
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