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Milwaukee Bucks is the Team to Beat in the East

It is hard to believe that the Milwaukee Bucks are the team to beat in the East. Surprisingly, the Bucks are the number one team with a record of 58-20. The Eastern Conference is looking quite different this year. In previous years, it was dominated by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and due to obvious reasons (LeBron James leaving his beloved Cavaliers to play for the Los Angeles Lakers this season) the Cavaliers are now the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 19-59.

The Milwaukee Bucks is the team to beat in the east.

Milwaukee Bucks are a force

The Bucks will continue to dominate today playing against the Atlanta Hawks, whose record is 28-49. As we know, you cannot count any team out — it is basketball. After all, anything can happen at any given moment. The Hawks are known to come back and beat teams that are over .500. The Bucks are an explosive team with young players.

It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the NBA. To witness a different team dominating the Eastern Conference for once is refreshing to the eyes. Not only are the Bucks dominating at home with a record of 32-6, they are playing exceptional basketball at home for the fans. The teams that play better on the road can easily win at home.

It’s crucial to win road games, and the Bucks are doing okay on the road with a record of 26-14 — a very impressive winning percentage of .744.

Free Throw Percentage

I truly believe the difference in the Bucks is their free throw percentage as a team. To have a 78.6 free throw percentage as a team is beyond impressive. That is the difference between them and the rest of the Eastern Conference. It’s imperative to make your free throws, not only as individual players but as a team. The month of April started strong already with an 86.7 free throw percentage. As a spectator, that tells me in a one or two point game situation, they will make their free throws and win close games.

In addition, the Bucks have a lot of work to do as a team regardless of the record. Team record doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win it all. If the Bucks are not carrying the championship trophy in June, in spite of all the extraordinary records and great year they are having, in my opinion, all of that means nothing. The teams turnover ratio is not up to par in the month of March. As a collective team, they had a 13.1 TO percentage.

To sum it up, the team is careless with the ball. They need to play smart basketball if they want to go to the next level.

Team Leaders

This young team is having a phenomenal year, and especially the monstrous Giannis Antetokounmpo, averaging 27.4 points per game. He Improved his scoring from last season, when he averaged 26.9 PPG. What can we say about his rebounding, averaging 12.5 rebounds per game? Last season, he averaged just 10 per game. He is a perfect example of an elite athlete. Overall, he has improved his game. Also, we cannot forget about two key players that are contributing to the team’s success in Eric Bledsoe and Pau Gasol. Gasol, of course, killing it in three-point field goal percentage.

In conclusion, I am excited for the Bucks, and I will be rooting for them if my beloved Miami Heat loses in the first round of the playoffs.

 

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