Milwaukee Bucks Still Hopeful For a Turnaround
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Although the best NBA sports books weren’t predicting a breakout year for the Milwaukee Bucks, fans were still hopeful that the Bucks would be able to win more games this year than they had in 2015. Last season Milwaukee finished at 33-49 and obviously failed to qualify for the postseason. The only highlight of their season was when the Bucks ended the Golden State Warriors’ NBA record 24-0 start. Handing the Warriors their first loss of the season is a noteworthy accomplishment, but the fact that it’s the only highlight of their season says more against them than it does for them. Either way, the Bucks were anxious to get 2015 behind them and entered the new online basketball betting season with renewed energy, hoping that it would indeed be a turnaround. From what we’ve seen this season, have the Bucks been making progress into their turnaround?
We’ve only seen Milwaukee compete in 13 games, but what we’ve seen hasn’t exactly been mind-blowing. Right now the Bucks find themselves at 6-7 and although they won their last game against the Orlando Magic, the players the Bucks brought in during the offseason haven’t been as impactful as anticipated. Specifically the trade for Matthew Dellavedova, in which they had to give up the rights to international center Albert Miralles. Dellavedova was expected to help turn this team around, but at one game above .500 it seems Dellavedova isn’t making Milwaukee a fan favorite when betting on NBA games. Michael Beasley is another player that was brought in during the offseason, in exchange for Tyler Ennis who was sent to the Miami Heat in exchange for Beasley. Ennis got very little playing time and Beasley has helped the Bucks’ scoring out a bit, but once again their record doesn’t reflect any real change.
The other big splash that the Bucks made during the season was the re-signing of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee re-signed the young star to a 4-year, $100 million contract extension. Also known as the Greek Freak, Antetokounmpo has proven to be one of the best well-rounded players in the league, and his play inspires memories of Magic Johnson in online basketball betting fans who watch him play. Unlike the two previously mentioned players, Antetokounmpo is inarguably the best player on the Bucks’ roster. In fact it was Antetokounmpo that led the Bucks to a victory over the Magic with a jaw-dropping triple-double.
This upcoming Friday night, Milwaukee will get an opportunity to bring their record back to the .500 mark when they welcome the Toronto Raptors to face off in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Toronto will be coming into this contest at 8-6 and since they have the better record they are likely to be favored by the online basketball betting odds. Can Antetokounmpo deliver another triple-double and lead Milwaukee to a victory?