Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 45-37 The Bet: Avoid but lean under
The Milwaukee Bucks would want to win six matches in 2017-18 than they did throughout the 2016-17 campaign, to give more bettors a payout. That is not an irrational leap for such a young and talented team, but it’s still a bit unrealistic–even in the weakened Eastern Conference.
Upside pervades this roster. Just imagine how great the core of Khris Middleton Malcolm Brogdon, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Thon Maker could turn into. Now throw D.J. Wilson, Tony Snell and Greg Monroe into the equation.
But questions persist.
Parker may not return to the lineup until after the All-Star break as he rehabs the next torn ACL of his basketball career, and that puts an inordinate quantity of strain on either Antetokounmpo or one of those unproven kids to shoulder minutes at power forward.
Maker is by no means a lock to become 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 fast as some anticipate unless all the key pieces remain healthy and do not force the training staff to rely to a less stimulating bench.
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