The Milwaukee Bucks have 14 games left and are currently two games (in win column) worse than the Philadelphia 76ers, a team that may not win another game this year. How will the Bucks finish the season, and do they have a realistic chance of finishing last?
Tonight the team starts a three game Western road trip with games against the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers. Despite their pathetic lineups the Bucks continue to play hard, and I expect them to beat Sacramento. So that’s one win. They return home for games against the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat. The Lakers are not motivated and will hit a season low, dropping this game to Milwaukee. Detroit is not good, but Brandon Jennings will be jacked to be back in brew town so the Pistons will take care of business on the road. So now they are at two wins with eight games to go.
The final eight games are against non-tanking teams. During the final stretch they will play Miami, the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, all teams fighting for playoff positioning. They also play the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and a pair against the Toronto Raptors, all teams fighting to make the playoffs. The Bucks should upset Toronto at least once, but I don’t see any other successes from now until the end of the season.
Will three games be too much and allow Philadelphia to win the coveted “most ping pong balls” title? Philadelphia has a similar schedule with only one tanking team (Boston Celtics) remaining. This one is coming down to the wire. What an exciting time to be a Bucks fan!
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant