The Milwaukee Bucks return as one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. Bucks odds to win their second championship in four years were listed at +700 prior to the trade for Damian Lillard. The Bucks are now among the NBA title favorites at most books with () odds. View more Milwaukee Bucks odds below.
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Here is the Milwaukee Bucks current roster.
The Bucks have opened the 2023-2024 regular season. Here is Milwaukee’s complete schedule, including a Christmas Day matchup at the New York Knicks.
Additions: Malik Beasley (signed), Robin Lopez (signed), Andre Jackson (draft)
Subtractions: Jevon Carter (free agent), Goran Dragic (free agent), Wes Matthews (free agent), Myers Leonard (free agent)
Who are the best players on the Bucks?
Giannis Antetokounmpo: When the Bucks drafted the spidery Greek 19-year old out with the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, they weren’t taking him for what he was capable of at that time. They were placing stock in what he could become and he didn’t waste much time in repaying them, increasing his season averages each year over his first 7 years in the league.
As a 6’ 9”,195-pound Rookie, Antetokounmpo averaged 6.8 points per game along with 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. In 2019-20, he averaged 29.5 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists en route to one of the most decorated seasons any player has ever had in the NBA, earning his second-straight MVP award, the Defensive Player of the Year trophy, Milwaukee’s first NBA championship in 50 years, and the NBA Finals MVP. By that point, Giannis stood a healthy 7-feet tall, weighed-in at 242 pounds, and had grown two boulder-sized battering rams where his shoulders had previously resided.
Never satisfied, Antetokounmpo set another career-high in scoring in 2021-22 when he averaged 29.9 points per contest, and he’s going to finish with more than 30 points per game for the first time in his career this season.
Interestingly there are six players almost guaranteed to finish this season averaging more than 30 points and Stephen Curry is just a hair below that at 29.9 per game. If Curry can manage to get to 30 points or more before the season ends, it’ll set a new NBA record for most players averaging 30-plus points in a season, breaking the previous record of six set in 1961-62.
Khris Middleton: It’s been an inconsistent season for the usually-dependable Khris Middleton as he makes his way back from an untimely knee injury in the first round of last year’s playoffs. He didn’t play his first NBA game until December 2 and remained on a strict minutes limit capped by the Bucks’ coaching staff at 30 minutes. From there, his comeback was slow and steady through the first week of March. He played in 21 of a possible 43 games while averaging just 21 minutes per game when he was in the lineup.
Then, on March 7, the Bucks’ staff lifted his minutes restrictions, playing Middleton for more than 30 minutes for the first time all season. Over the next three games, the Bucks’ All-Star forward looked like his old self again, averaging 18 points and an impressive 8 assists in 31 minutes per game.
Clearly, Middleton has rehabilitated his knee to the point that he can compete at the same level as he was when the Bucks won the championship two seasons ago. If that’s indeed the case, one has to feel good about their odds to return to the Finals at .
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Bucks 2022-23 season Recap
The Bucks surged to first place in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 9-0 start despite the absence of their injured All-Star-Forward, Khris Middleton until December 2. The Boston Celtics overtook them 15 games into the season, remaining in first in the conference until February 27 when the Bucks reclaimed the top spot on the strength of a 16-game win streak.
Milwaukee’s role players have been massively important this season while Middleton has slowly rounded back into form, no one more so than the ageless Brook Lopez. His 2.5 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers per game are the most for any season of his 15-year career, and he’s putting up more points and rebounds than he has in the last seven.
He’s also credited for much of the team’s improvement on defense since last season. The Bucks have the second best defensive rating this year and Lopez has missed just one of a possible 67 games with a 107.0 individual defensive rating. Last year, Lopez played just 13 games and the team was 14th in defensive rating.
Still, Milwaukee will need its “Big 3” at full strength to claim a second NBA title in 3 seasons. Since Holiday’s arrival, the Bucks are 101-36 with all three in the lineup, including the Playoffs.
How to bet on the Bucks
A winning moneyline bet is determined by which team wins the game outright. Let’s use an example with the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets.
The negative number on the Bucks moneyline (-140) indicates oddsmakers have them listed as favored to win. It would take a $140 wager to win $100 profit, plus the $140 originally posted for the bet. A $100 on the Rockets would net $175 in profit if they can pull off the upset.
Point spread betting considers the margin of victory rather than just which team is victorious. Take the below point spreads in a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks:
Bucks +4.5 (-115)
Knicks -4.5 (-115)
The Knicks are favored by 4.5 points, indicated by the “-4.5.” They need to win by at least five points to cover the point spread and win the bet. As underdogs, the Bucks can lose by up to four points or win the game for a bet on them to hit.
The (-115) odds listed next to each team’s point spread show the return on a correct bet in American Odds. Both teams have the same -115 odds so a $115 bet on the winning team pays the bettor $100, plus the $115 wagered. A $100 bet on the would earn the bettor $86.96 plus the initial wager if it hits.
Bucks Point Total (Over/Under)
A bet on the point total is determined by the combined number of points scored by both teams. Sportsbooks will provide a set number to allow bettors to choose whether the final combined scores of each team will be higher or lower than that number.
If the point total in a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers is set at 235 points and ends with a final score of 125-120, bettors who selected the over would win.
Betting on games while they’re in-play is known as live betting, which can be a fruitful strategy for those who prepare ahead of time. Take a game that has the Bucks favored at -250 on the moneyline in their matchup with the Golden State Warriors who are +200 on the moneyline. A $100 bet on the Bucks before the game starts would only make a $40 profit.
You also know that the Bucks often start slowly when they play at home and there’s a good chance the Warriors are able to keep things close early in the game. Using that info, you could hold on to your bet until the game is in motion to see if the odds on the Bucks moneyline shift in your favor.
If the Warriors come out firing and claim an early lead, oddsmakers will move the line to reflect the current score, increasing the value of a bet on the Bucks to win, upping your profits on a correctly (and well-timed) bet.
Live betting is also where “hedging” your bets can come into play, a tactic by bettors where they make one bet before the game starts and then an opposing bet while the game is live as a way to recoup their potential losses. Let’s say you bet on Milwaukee (+180 underdogs) to win a game against the Chicago Bulls (-200 favorites), but at halftime the Bucks are down by 10 points. The live odds for a moneyline bet on the Bulls now only pays you back one-third of your money, or -300. By giving up on the Bucks and betting on the Bulls moneyline at -300 during halftime, you’re hedging your initial bet on the Bucks in an attempt to recover some money from a seemingly lost cause.
Parlays and Teasers
For a parlay example, let’s say the Milwaukee Bucks are favored against the Miami Heat (-140 on the moneyline) and the Cleveland Cavaliers are favored over the Minnesota Timberwolves at -200 on the moneyline. If you parlay the moneylines of the Bucks and Cavs together, the odds on your potential return jump up to +157 since you incur more risk trying to correctly predict two teams to win instead of just one.
A teaser allows bettors to move multiple point spreads or totals in their preferred direction. Let’s say you like the Bucks (-4.5) in their matchup with the Sacramento Kings as much as you do the Orlando Magic (-5.5 favorites) to defeat the Utah Jazz. You can tease both lines by four points (most books offer anywhere from four-to-six point teases) to shift the lines to Milwaukee (-0.5) / Orlando (-1.5). Now, both teams need to win by four-fewer points than the original lines for your bet to cash.
Future bets are placed on props in the longer-term future. Team win totals, award winners, and player performances are common future bets.
Milwaukee Bucks History
The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the most consistent franchises since it joined the NBA in 1968, reaching the postseason in 34 of its 55 years of existence. It still holds the record for the youngest franchise to win a championship, doing so in just its third year on the backs of two of the greatest players of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (still known as Lew Alcindor that season) and Oscar Robertson.
Three seasons later, the Bucks returned to the Finals with the same core unit that brought them a championship, losing to the Boston Celtics in seven games.
It would take them another 47 years to get back to the Finals, this time taking the Larry O’Brien trophy home after defeating the Phoenix Suns in six games in 2021. Giannis Antetokounmpo took home the Finals MVP thanks in part to his 50-point performance in the series-clinching game to go along with 14 rebounds and five blocks.
The Milwaukee Bucks () and Boston Celtics () are considered the favorites to win the 2024 NBA title. The defending champion Denver Nuggets also are in the mix with () odds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s NBA MVP odds are (). Nikola Jokic (), Luka Doncic (), Jayson Tatum (), and Joel Embiid () are among the other favorites.
Adrian Griffin is the Bucks new head coach. He replaces Mike Budenholzer who was fired last season.
Dependeing on which sportsbook you use, either the Bucks () or Celtics () are the early favorites to win the Eastern Confeence in 2024.