Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 45-37 The Bet: lean although Prevent under
The Milwaukee Bucks would need to acquire six more matches in 2017-18 than they did throughout the 2016-17 campaign to give over bettors a payout. That is not an irrational jump for such a young and talented team, but it’s still somewhat unrealistic–even in the weakened Eastern Conference.
This roster is pervaded by upside. Just imagine how great the core of Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, 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 might not go back to the lineup until after the All-Star break since he rehabs the second torn ACL of his basketball career, and that places an inordinate quantity of strain on either Antetokounmpo or among 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 following his Rookie of the Year campaign.
The Bucks will be fun. They ought to be thought of a playoff lock. But their development might not be as quick as some expect unless all the key pieces remain healthy and do not induce the training team to rely on a less stimulating bench.
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