Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
The Record Projection: 45-37 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but lean under
The Milwaukee Bucks would need to win six games in 2017-18 than they did during the 2016-17 campaign, to give over bettors a payout. That is not an unreasonable jump for such a young and talented team, but it is still a bit unrealistic–even at the weakened Eastern Conference.
Upside pervades this roster. Just imagine how great Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker and Thon Maker’s core could become. Now throw D.J. Wilson, Tony Snell and Greg Monroe to the equation.
But questions persist.
Parker might not return to the lineup until after the All-Star break as he rehabs the next torn ACL of his basketball career, which puts an excessive amount of strain on either Antetokounmpo or one of the unproven kids to shoulder moments at power forward.
Maker is by no means a lock to be valuable in 2017-18, and regression could hit Brogdon after his Rookie of the Year campaign.
The Bucks will be fun. They should be considered a playoff lock. But their development might not be as quick as some anticipate unless all of the key pieces remain healthy and do not induce the training staff to rely on a less exciting bench.
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