The NBA is coming back July 30 and not a moment too soon for basketball fans who have been deprived a proper conclusion to the 2019-20 season since Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test March 11 that set off the worldwide cascade of sports league cancellations. Now, the NBA will look to finish what it started with a 22-team “bubble” at the Disney Resorts in Orlando, an eight-game finish to the regular season and four best-of-7 playoff rounds to determine a champion. We take a look at each of the teams involved as we move closer to the official return and today we’ll look at the Milwaukee Bucks team in our Sports Intel preview:
Milwaukee Bucks Team Preview 2019-2020 Re-Boot
(53-12, 1st in East)
Where we left off: The Bucks looked good from the start of the 2019-20 season and, as they continued to add more wins to the list, rumors began circulating of the possibility of the team to pick up its third 70-win season, something only two other teams have accomplished. However, just ahead of the suspension of the action, the Bucks seemed to fizzle, taking four losses in five games. Injuries began to appear that affected motivation, but the four-month-and-counting hiatus has brought everyone back into the action.
Remaining schedule: July 31, Boston Celtics; Aug. 2, Houston Rockets; Aug. 4, Brooklyn Nets; Aug. 6, Miami Heat; Aug. 8, Dallas Mavericks; Aug. 10, Toronto Raptors; Aug. 11, Washington Wizards; Aug. 13: Memphis Grizzlies.
Projected starting lineup: PG: Eric Bledsoe, SG: Wesley Matthews, SF: Khris Middleton, PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo, C: Brook Lopez
Key injuries, absentees: None
Odds to Win Title: 5-2
Can they win it all? Antetokounmpo is going to be key to the success of the Bucks in the postseason. His versatility and conversion rate are among the best in the league, and defenses have tried to build entire playbooks around his capabilities. As the NBA Bubble gets underway, the Bucks are in great shape to take the title, unless opponents have figured out the magic formula to keep the Bucks front five in check – not an easy task.
So, that’s all from the Sports Intel team and our preview of the Milwaukee Bucks ahead of the NBA 2019-2020 season re-boot in Orlando. The NBA odds of 5-2 looks pretty short considering the unique situation but they have a great shot at winning it all