Milwaukee Bucks

Vegas Over/Under: 47.5

The Record Projection: 45-37 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but lean under
To give over bettors a payout, the Milwaukee Bucks would need to win six matches in 2017-18 than they did during the 2016-17 campaign. That’s not an irrational leap for such a young and talented group, but it is still somewhat unrealistic–even at the weakened Eastern Conference.
This roster is pervaded by upside. Just imagine how good Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker and Thon Maker’s heart may become. Throw D.J. Wilson, Tony Snell and Greg Monroe to the equation.
But questions persist.
Parker might not go back to the lineup until after the All-Star fracture since he rehabs the next torn ACL of his basketball career, and that places an inordinate amount of pressure on either Antetokounmpo or among the unproven youngsters to shoulder minutes 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 thought of a playoff lock. However, their development might not be as fast as some anticipate unless all the crucial pieces remain healthy and don’t induce the coaching team to rely on a less stimulating bench.

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