Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 45-37 The Bet: lean although Prevent under
To give over bettors a payout, the Milwaukee Bucks would need to acquire six more games in 2017-18 than they did throughout the 2016-17 campaign. That is not an irrational leap for such a young and talented team, but it is still a bit unrealistic–even in the diminished Eastern Conference.
This roster is pervaded by upside. Just imagine how good the heart of Khris Middleton Malcolm Brogdon, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Thon Maker may become. Throw D.J. Wilson, Tony Snell and Greg Monroe to the equation.
But questions persist.
Parker may not return to the lineup until after the All-Star fracture since he rehabs the next torn ACL of his basketball career, which puts an excessive quantity of strain on either Antetokounmpo or one of 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 enjoyable. They ought to be considered a playoff lock. But their development may not be as fast as some anticipate unless all of the crucial pieces stay healthy and don’t induce the training team to rely to a less stimulating bench.