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Milwaukee Bucks 2024 NBA Championship Odds

The Milwaukee Bucks are playoff-bound for the eighth consecutive season. Giannis Antetokounmpo has proven to be one of the most transformative athletes in history. But the Bucks are not in their championship form of 2021. The coach of that team, Mike Budenholzer, was fired after going 58-24 but losing in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. His rookie replacement, Adrian Griffin, went 30-13 but was fired because of Milwaukee’s lack of defense. Veteran coach Doc Rivers took over for Griffin and was not as successful, posting a mark of 17-19. Thus, the Bucks have plenty of doubters heading into the 2024 NBA Playoffs.

2024 NBA Championship Betting Odds

Milwaukee Bucks NBA Betting Lines

The Milwaukee Bucks are 49-33 straight up, 35-46-1 against the spread, and 40-40-2 over/under the total. Late on, Milwaukee has covered two out of their last eight games. While the Bucks have gone over the total in three of its previous five matchups. Milwaukee is 3rd in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Milwaukee is 15 games behind the Boston Celtics Eastern Conference playoff race.

Milwaukee has NBA metrics of 4th for scoring offense, 7th for field goal percentage, 11th for 3-point field goal percentage, 19th for free throw percentage, and 9th for offensive rebounding. On defense, the Bucks have NBA metrics of 21st for scoring defense, 14th for field goal percentage permitted, 9th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 18th for defensive rebounding.

Milwaukee has a first-round series with the Indiana Pacers that opens on Sunday, April 21, 2024.

Milwaukee Bucks Key Players

PF Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee with 30.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game. The Greek Freak was the 15th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft out of Greece by the Bucks. He eventually became the best player in basketball. Giannis is an 8-time All-Star, including this year, and he is a 2-time NBA MVP. He was the 2021 NBA Finals MVP. Just as important, Giannis is the best possible face of a franchise that can be found in sports.

Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach

Doc Rivers was named one of the Top 15 Coaches in NBA History. He led the Boston Celtics to the 2008 NBA championship. Rivers was named 2000 NBA Coach of the Year. As a player, he made the NBA All-Star Game, which lasted from 1983 through 1996. Rivers has a career record of 1114-782 in the regular season and 111-104 in the playoffs.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 6)

2023-24 82 49 33 1st, Central TBD
2022–23 82 58 24 1st, Central Lost in First Round, 1–4 (Heat)
2021–22 82 51 31 1st, Central Lost in Conference Semifinals, 3–4 (Celtics)
2020–21 72 46 26 1st, Central NBA Champions, 4–2 (Suns)
2019–20 73 56 17 1st, Central Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (Heat)
2018–19 82 60 22 1st, Central Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Raptors)
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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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