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As the NBA season resumes the Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the entire NBA with a mark of 53-12 straight up, 36-29 against the spread, and 30-34 under the total. Milwaukee is one of the most complete full court teams in the Association. The Bucks rank first in the NBA for scoring offense and fifth for points allowed. Of course, Milwaukee’s marquee man is 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player Award winner Gianni Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak has dominated this season with 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game.

As good as the Milwaukee Bucks have been all season they’ll be remembered for their three straight losses before the NBA was shut down over concerns regarding the coronavirus. The whole losing streak thing is new to Mike Budenholzer and his crew. The Bucks longest losing streak last regular season was two games. They topped that with a setback in Denver in their final game before the shutdown. The only thing the Bucks had to play for during the final stretch was to become the third team in NBA history to win 70 games. They became the fastest team in 15 years to clinch a playoff berth and had a comfortable lead in the Eastern Conference before things stopped. When the games begin there will likely be a different approach from them.

Milwaukee Bucks at a Glance

NBA Championship Odds: +295

Eastern Conference Odds: -214

Milwaukee Bucks Upcoming Schedule

July 31: Boston Celtics

August 2: Houston Rockets

August 4: Brooklyn Nets

August 6: Miami Heat

August 8: Dallas Mavericks

August 10: Toronto Raptors

August 11: Washington Wizards

August 13: Memphis Grizzlies

Season Review

Rarely do teams have a clear path to a championship. Dealing with adversity is part of the game and the Bucks had their share before the season was interrupted. Having accomplished so much through the first 62 games the Bucks might have been on cruise control. They certainly weren’t going to bust their butts to try and win 70 games. Golden State did that a few years ago, winning 73 games to establish a league record only to lose in the NBA Finals.

What the Warriors accomplished was phenomenal. But honestly, what matters most is winning the title. The Dubs didn’t and will be remembered for floundering against the Cavs rather than winning the most games in a single season. The Bucks don’t want to be a footnote. I’m sure they’d rather win fewer games if it meant claiming the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Now all of that is in jeopardy. The league says it will resume when the mass panic has subsided and the COVID-19 virus is contained. But nothing is certain and the greatest season in Bucks history could end without the chance to win a title.

It had been nearly two calendar years since the Bucks lost three games in a row. Joe Prunty had taken over for the fired Jason Kidd midway through the 2017-18 season and from Feb. 25 to Mar. 2 they dropped four in a row. The Bucks went the final 21 games of that season never losing more than two straight. In fact, that was their longest losing streak in the last 167 regular season games heading into Monday’s encounter with Denver.

It didn’t help that MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was sidelined for the last two games. The Freak injured his knee in a loss to the Lakers in the first game of the losing streak. The Bucks had overcome his absence in the past winning the first five games this season when he didn’t suit up. They haven’t been as fortunate since losing the last three contests with Giannis in street clothes. Leading his team to the best record in the league at the time of the shutdown, Antetokounmpo is a front-runner for another MVP. He ranks third in the NBA in scoring (29.6) and rebounding (13.7) while dishing out 5.8 assists for the most efficient offense.

Recent Games

It certainly isn’t how they wanted things to go, but the Bucks have enough wiggle room to get through their recent slump. The question now is will they get a chance to work their way out of it? There is no guarantee the league will resume with a moratorium on games until at least the end of March. And that’s probably wishful thinking with nearly everything shutdown across the country.

Losing games isn’t the Bucks biggest concern. Folks make it out to be a bigger issue since we haven’t seen them do too much of that over the last two seasons. Under Budenholzer they’ve won 113 of 147 regular season games. Their longest losing streak until now had been two games. In their previous 51 seasons the Bucks won more than 53 games 10 times. They are still on pace to set the franchise record for wins in a season, which was accomplished back in 1970-71 when they won 66 games and their only NBA title.

Playing without their top six scorers, the Bucks put up a valiant fight behind 23 points from Kyle Korver in a 109-95 loss to the Nuggets. Even the Bucks can’t survive without that firepower. The team’s biggest concern, other than the coronavirus, is the health of Giannis. His knee injury sustained against the Lakers was diagnosed as minor and he was on track to play against Boston on Mar. 12.

Milwaukee Bucks Seasons (2000)

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2018-19 60-22 Lost Eastern Conference Finals
2017-18 44-38 Lost First Round
2016-17 42-40 Lost First Round
2015-16 33-49 -
2014-15 41-41 Lost First Round
2013-14 15-67 -
2012-13 38-44 Lost First Round
2011-12 31-35 -
2010-11 35-47 -
2009-10 46-36 Lost First Round
2008-09 34-48 -
2007-08 26-56 -
2006-07 28-54 -
2005-06 40-42 Lost First Round
2004-05 30-52 -
2003-04 41-41 Lost First Round
2002-03 42-40 Lost First Round
2001-02 41-41 -
2000-01 52-30 Lost Eastern Conference Finals
1999-00 42-40 Lost First Round
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