2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks Team Preview and Betting Picks
Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mike Budenholzer – Head Coach
Eastern Conference – Central Division
2017 Record: 44-38
The Milwaukee Bucks enter the 2018-2019 NBA Season with a ton of hype and expectation as they have a new Head Coach and a new place to call home, in the Fiserv Forum.
The Bucks have played at the Bradley Center since 1988 and the new home of the Fiserv Forum will bring a sense of excitement for players and fans alike.
Will the new home and new Head Coach be enough to get the Bucks into the postseason and contend for the Eastern Conference Championship?
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks and determine where we think they will end up.
Milwaukee Bucks Coaching
The Milwaukee Bucks started last year with Jason Kidd as the Head Coach but that was an experiment gone bad, and the Bucks parted ways with Kidd right after the first of the year. The Bucks didn’t immediately begin their search for their permanent Head Coach and named Joe Prunty to the interim position.
When the season was over, the Bucks went all in on finding a Head Coach with experience and knowledge to lead this talent stacked team to the postseason. The Bucks ended up going with recently departed Atlanta Hawks Head Coach, Mike Budenholzer.
Budenholzer has plenty of experience, coaching 5 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and leading them to the postseason in 4 out of 5 seasons. Budenholzer also spent from 1996 to 2013 as an Assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, where he won 4 NBA Championships.
Budenholzer spent much of the offseason changing the way this offense functions and getting them to adjust to his style of play. The Bucks are going to push the pace of the games and are going to shoot plenty of 3’s.
Milwaukee Bucks Offseason Transactions
- June 21, 2018 – The Bucks used their 1st round NBA Draft selection to pick 17th and take Villanova Shooting Guard Donte DiVincenzo.
- July 14, 2018 – The Bucks lost free agent Jabari Parker, who signed with the Chicago Bulls.
- July 16, 2018 – The Bucks signed free agent Ersan Ilyasova, formerly of the Philadelphia 76’ers.
- July 17, 2018 – The Bucks signed free agent Brook Lopez, formerly of the LA Lakers.
- July 24, 2018 – The Bucks signed undrafted free agent Trevon Duval, formerly of the Duke Blue Devils, to a two-way contract.
- July 31, 2018 – The Bucks signed undrafted free agent Travis Trice, formerly of Champville SC.
- July 31, 2018 – The Bucks signed Jaylen Morris, formerly of Fiat Torino, to a two-way contract.
- August 1, 2018 – The Bucks signed free agent, Pat Connaughton, formerly of the Portland Trail Blazers.
- September 22, 2018 – The Bucks signed free agent Tim Frazier, formerly of the Washington Wizards.
Milwaukee Bucks Starting 5
Eric Bledsoe (PG) – Bledsoe has some fans to win over in 2018-2019. Bledsoe came to the Bucks last year in a trade and had an awful second half of the season. If he can up his play to start the season, he will win over the fans and teammates at the 1 spot but if he struggles again, he may find a short patience thread.
Malcolm Brogdon (SG) – The Bucks are hoping that Brogdon can sort of be the glue that holds the younger players together. Brogdon was the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year and is looking to increase his performance from last year, where we saw a fall-off from the 2016 NBA Season.
Khris Middleton (SF) – Middleton was drastically underrated last season. He averaged 20 points per game and shot 47% from the floor. Middleton showed last year that he can shoot the three, landing nearly 36% of his shots from beyond the arch.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF) – The “Greek Freak” is going to be an MVP candidate once again this year and will lead the team pretty much in every aspect. He is hard to defend and is athletic enough to legitimately play any position on the court, when needed.
Brook Lopez (C) – Lopez was brought in to help on the glass. The Bucks were terrible last year at rebounding and are hoping that Lopez’s presence in the paint will give them the boost they need to be competitive on the boards.
Milwaukee Bucks Key Bench Players
John Henson (C) – Henson is the longest tenured player on the Bucks roster. With the Bucks signing both Brooks Lopez and Ersan Ilyasova, it showed that the organization simply doesn’t have the confidence in him pulling down rebounds.
Tony Snell (SF) – Not really much to brag about when it comes to Snell but one thing that he is good at is playing as a group. Snell will come off the bench and play efficient basketball night in and night out.
Ersan Ilyasova (PF) – Ilyasova will provide the Bucks with the ability to stretch the floor and help with the lack of rebounding on the team from last year. He is decent on both ends of the court and I expect a big season from him.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have the ability to be really good but they also have the ability to be one of the biggest let-downs in the league. Their weakness this year, as well as last year, will without a doubt be their rebounding. The Bucks were horrible on the glass last year and all though they have plenty of guys that can post 20+ points on any given night, the issue is they don’t rebound and lose games because they get hammered on the boards.
They have added some key pieces that should help them out tremendously and I, like many of the experts in the industry, feel that it will be enough to get them not only into the postseason but enough to allow them to contend for the Eastern Conference Title.
The Greek Freak is one of the top 3 players in the Eastern Conference and now that LeBron is no longer playing basketball in the Eastern Conference, he could legitimately become the top guy in the East.
Our friends over at MyBookie have set the following lines on the Milwaukee Bucks:
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: +7000
- Odds to Win Eastern Conference Championship: +1500
- Odds to Win Central Division: +105
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 48
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