Milwaukee Bucks 2024 NBA Championship Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks made a huge trade in the off-season acquiring star guard Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers. That move immediately made the Bucks the favorites to win the 2023-2024 NBA title. Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo went to the press after last season and let everyone know that he wasn’t going to stay unless the team made some moves to win. Last year was a playoff flop that led to the firing of head coach Mike Budenholzer. The trade for Lillard had Milwaukee giving up guards Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen along with their 2029 first-round pick along with swap rights on their 2028 and 2030 picks.
Milwaukee now has two of the top scorers in the NBA in two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the high scoring guard, Damian Lillard. Khris Middleton will now be the third option, and Milwaukee stills has centers Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis. Role players include Jae Crowder, Pat Connaughton and Malik Beasley. The problem for Milwaukee could be defense, as Holiday and Allen are now gone. Rookie head coach Adrian Griffin will have to come up with some ways for his team to play defense. What he shouldn’t have to worry about is offense, as Antetokounmpo and Lillard will provide a potent guard-forward tandem.
2024 NBA Championship Betting Odds
Milwaukee Bucks NBA Betting Lines
The 2022-23 Milwaukee Bucks were 58-24 straight up, 44-36-2 against the spread, and 41-41 over/under the total. Also, Milwaukee was 1st in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Milwaukee was one game ahead of the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference race. Milwaukee had NBA metrics of 8th for scoring offense, 19th for field goal percentage, 10th for 3-point field goal percentage, and 1st for offensive rebounding. Defensively the Bucks ranked 14th for points allowed, 2nd for field goal percentage against, 8th for 3-point field goal percentage against, and 20th for rebounds.
The Bucks replaced head coach Mike Budenholzer with Adrian Griffin. Coach Bud had made Milwaukee a regular season machine, and it will be fascinating to see if Griffin can get the Bucks another NBA title. Ultimately, the Bucks are counting on Lillard and the idea that changing the coach can fix last season’s playoff flop.
Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)
||Lost in First Round, 1–4 (Heat)
||Lost in Conference Semifinals, 3–4 (Celtics)
||NBA Champions, 4–2 (Suns)
||Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (Heat)
||Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Raptors)
Milwaukee Bucks History
The Milwaukee Bucks have had a lot of success since joining the NBA, even if they’ve only won two NBA championships. They have made the playoffs 34 times, and they were immediate contenders after they went 27-55 in their expansion season in 1968-69. Milwaukee was able to draft Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1969 NBA Draft, and that made the Bucks a franchise to be reckoned with from that point forward. They proceeded to win at least 55 games in each of the next five seasons, and they won the 1971 NBA Finals after going 66-16 during the regular season. Oscar Robertson joined Abdul-Jabbar for that season, and the Bucks only lost two playoff games on their way to the title. They made it to the 1974 NBA Finals too, where they lost to the Boston Celtics in seven games.
Unfortunately, the Bucks were unable to keep Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as he never felt at home in Milwaukee. That led to Abdul-Jabbar being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for a bevy of players and draft picks in the summer of 1975. The Bucks immediately dropped off, and although they had a successful run in the 1980s, they were never able to make it past the Eastern Conference Finals.
Milwaukee now has another destiny changing superstar in Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak is the most talented player in the NBA, and he won the NBA Finals MVP en route to the Bucks winning the 2021 NBA Finals. Antetokounmpo has already signed a max extension with the franchise until the end of the 2025-26 season, so the Bucks don’t have to worry about losing another superstar in their prime as they did with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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