Although the postseason may seem like a far gone conclusion for Milwaukee, their playoff position is still up for grabs. The race between the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th , spots in the Eastern Conference still remain skinny jean tight. The four team race for the bottom half of the Eastern Conference includes the Hawks, Bucks, Pacers, and Heat. The Bucks will need to continue their hot streak of games won to successfully secure a decent spot in this year’s postseason. Milwaukee has eight games left on their schedule, and each game has a level of importance. However with all things considered, Milwaukee seems to have the easiest remaining schedule of the teams in the hunt for the Eastern Conference playoff seeding. The Bucks only face two different teams with winning records to finish the season (Boston twice, and OKC). Meanwhile, the Pacers have to play Cleveland twice, Toronto twice, and a tough Memphis Grizzles team. The Hawks have to play the Cavs on back to back nights, as well as the Pacers and Celtics. Miami has to worry about Toronto, Washington twice, and Cleveland. The Bucks lost their season series with the Heat therefore; they have to make sure they finish with a stronger record than them as well.
Key games to look out for include games against the Celtics (Today), Pistons (March 31st), Pacers (April 6th), Hornets (April 10th) and Celtics again in the season finale (April 12th). The Bucks should look to beat the Celtics in at least once out of the two games remaining between the two this season. While a win in such game wouldn’t give Milwaukee much in the standings, a win could be a huge confidence boost and tone setter for the teams if they’re forced to play each other for a first round playoff match up. With that being said, The Milwaukee Bucks should look to finish the season with at least a (43-39) record, which would be the team’s first winning season since the 2009-2010 season. With the Pacers, Hawks, and Heat still having tough schedules ahead, the likelihood of any of them earning a record a game or two above .500 is slim. Therefore, a (43-39) season should easily be enough to earn the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference.
If you’ve watched the Bucks this season you know one thing; The Milwaukee Bucks will go as far as their young superstar Giannis Anteokoumpo takes them. Giannis is currently averaging 22.9 PPG, 5.4 APG, and 8.4 RPG. He leads the team in points, assist, rebounds, steals, and blocks. Therefore, as the numbers show, keys to victories starts and ends with Giannis. With Middleton coming back from injury and playing as well as he has, the sky’s the limit for Milwaukee and what they can accomplish. Middleton averages 15.6 PPG, and his late game shot making ability is something the Bucks have needed all season long. If the Bucks manage to make the postseason, they’re a match up nightmare for anybody out east. The 5th seed is the perfect spot for Milwaukee, because they avoid teams like Cleveland, and Boston which gives them their best shot at making it out of the first round. However, If the Milwaukee Bucks continue to play lights out ball and stay healthy, we (as Bucks fans and supporters) have nothing to worry about. The Bucks seem prime and ready a playoff run. With that being said; Go Bucks Go!