How To Bet On Milwaukee Bucks

After a surprise 2014-15 season in which they clinched an unexpected playoff berth on the backs of one of the NBA’s best defenses, the Milwaukee Bucks have, in many respects, devolved into just another lottery team. That’s the risk attached to betting on teams such as this. Once they sniff mediocrity, even if it’s clear that their middling success is an aberration, they go all out to sustain it. And by doubling down on their core, with contracts for Khris Middleton and Greg Monroe, they’ve consigned themselves to disappointment. [+]

This makes the Bucks maddening to bet on, now more so than ever because they’ve started playing better. At least before there was a trace of certainty in their failures; now they’re hit or miss in the worst possible way for sports gamblers.

The best, and really only, way to go when considering bets for or against them is to play the recent trends. How has their defense been of late? What changes has head coach Jason Kidd made to the rotation? Are they on a protracted winning or losing streak? 

Follow those guidelines, along with some others, and you’ll stand a pretty good chance of making a profit in any wagers that pit you against Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Bucks Next Game

Next game widgets, like the below one, are your friends. Embrace them. Love them. Look at them daily. This reminds you who the Bucks are playing. [+]

And by seeing the spreads for each particular contest standing on their own, you have a better idea of what you’re looking for as you research the matchup.

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Milwaukee Bucks Regular Season Schedule

Full-scale schedules are also you’re friend. They offer what’s left of the Bucks’ entire season at a glance and let you prepare for your bets well in advance of tip off. [+]

The trick in this instance is to think in broad terms. Don’t concern yourself with exact spreads, moneylines and over/unders that don’t yet exist. Instead, look for games you consider locks—matchups you believe the Bucks, as presently constituted, are going to win or lose. Then, assuming nothing changes between now and then, decide how much you think the Bucks will win or lose by. That gives you a loose guidline to follow when the actual lines are released. You’ve created your own and can compare it against the real one, then make the call on whether or not it’s worth your money.

The description of this process seems overly nuanced, but it’s never hard to plan ahead. Just do it whenever you can. Remember, you’re not making any final decisions, just mapping our your path to one. When the actual game day rolls around and you’re looking at the official lines, you’re decision will be that much easier and you’ll see the benefit of keeping tabs on Milwaukee’s entire schedule.

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Competitions Away Score Home Money Line
October 2017 (11)
Mon 2 Milwaukee Bucks 104 - 106 Dallas Mavericks Odds
Wed 4 Indiana Pacers 104 - 86 Milwaukee Bucks Odds
Fri 6 Milwaukee Bucks 101 - 114 Chicago Bulls Odds
Fri 13 Detroit Pistons 20:30 Milwaukee Bucks
Wed 18 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:30 Boston Celtics
Fri 20 Reg. Cavaliers 19:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sat 21 Reg. Blazers 20:30 Milwaukee Bucks
Mon 23 Reg. Hornets 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Thu 26 Reg. Boston Celtics 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sun 29 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 15:30 Atlanta Hawks
Tue 31 Reg. Thunder 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
November 2017 (13)
Wed 1 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Hornets
Fri 3 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Detroit Pistons
Tue 7 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Cavaliers
Fri 10 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 21:00 Spurs
Sat 11 Reg. L.A. Lakers 20:30 Milwaukee Bucks
Mon 13 Reg. Grizzlies 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Wed 15 Reg. Detroit Pistons 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sat 18 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 21:00 Dallas Mavericks
Mon 20 Reg. Wizards 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Wed 22 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 21:00 Phoenix Suns
Sat 25 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 21:00 Utah Jazz
Tue 28 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 22:00 Sacramento Kings
Thu 30 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 22:00 Blazers
December 2017 (14)
Sat 2 Reg. Sacramento Kings 20:30 Milwaukee Bucks
Mon 4 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:30 Boston Celtics
Wed 6 Reg. Detroit Pistons 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Fri 8 Reg. Dallas Mavericks 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sat 9 Reg. Utah Jazz 20:30 Milwaukee Bucks
Wed 13 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Pelicans
Fri 15 Reg. Chicago Bulls 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sat 16 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Houston Rockets
Tue 19 Reg. Cavaliers 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Fri 22 Reg. Hornets 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sat 23 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Hornets
Tue 26 Reg. Chicago Bulls 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Thu 28 Reg. Wolves 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Fri 29 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Thunder
January 2018 (15)
Mon 1 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:30 Toronto Raptors
Wed 3 Reg. Indiana Pacers 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Fri 5 Reg. Toronto Raptors 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sat 6 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Wizards
Mon 8 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Indiana Pacers
Wed 10 Reg. Orlando Magic 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Fri 12 Reg. Warriors 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sun 14 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 13:00 Miami Heat
Mon 15 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 14:00 Wizards
Wed 17 Reg. Miami Heat 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sat 20 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:30 Sixers
Mon 22 Reg. Phoenix Suns 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Fri 26 Reg. Brooklyn Nets 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sun 28 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 15:30 Chicago Bulls
Mon 29 Reg. Sixers 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
February 2018 (12)
Thu 1 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Wolves
Fri 2 Reg. New York Knicks 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sun 4 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 12:00 Brooklyn Nets
Tue 6 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:30 New York Knicks
Fri 9 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Miami Heat
Sat 10 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Orlando Magic
Tue 13 Reg. Atlanta Hawks 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Thu 15 Reg. Denver Nuggets 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Fri 23 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:30 Toronto Raptors
Sun 25 Reg. Pelicans 15:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Tue 27 Reg. Wizards 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Wed 28 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Detroit Pistons
March 2018 (15)
Fri 2 Reg. Indiana Pacers 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sun 4 Reg. Sixers 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Mon 5 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Indiana Pacers
Wed 7 Reg. Houston Rockets 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Fri 9 Reg. New York Knicks 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Mon 12 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Grizzlies
Wed 14 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Orlando Magic
Sat 17 Reg. Atlanta Hawks 20:30 Milwaukee Bucks
Mon 19 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Cavaliers
Wed 21 Reg. L.A. Clippers 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Fri 23 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Chicago Bulls
Sun 25 Reg. Spurs 15:30 Milwaukee Bucks
Tue 27 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 22:30 L.A. Clippers
Thu 29 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 22:30 Warriors
Fri 30 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 22:30 L.A. Lakers
April 2018 (6)
Sun 1 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Denver Nuggets
Tue 3 Reg. Boston Celtics 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Thu 5 Reg. Brooklyn Nets 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Sat 7 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:30 New York Knicks
Mon 9 Orlando Magic 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Wed 11 Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Sixers

Milwaukee Bucks Standings

Take a look at the Bucks’ place in the Eastern Conference standings daily. It can change frequently if they aren’t too far ahead of those below them or too far behind those above. [+]

This is good practice when you’re keeping track of a playoff run and trying to hammer down potential first-round matcups, and it’s equally useful when seeing how likely the Bucks are to secure certain lottery odds.

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# team P W L + - %
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 53 29 8857 8641 0.646
2 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 51 31 9048 8787 0.622
3 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 51 31 8762 8417 0.622
4 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 49 33 8953 8805 0.598
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 43 39 8459 8529 0.524
6 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 42 40 8497 8512 0.512
7 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 42 40 8618 8636 0.512
8 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 41 41 8435 8400 0.500
9 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 41 41 8460 8373 0.500
10 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 37 45 8309 8401 0.451
11 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 36 46 8601 8585 0.439
12 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 31 51 8556 8857 0.378
13 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 29 53 8288 8827 0.354
14 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 28 54 8400 8867 0.341
15 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 20 62 8673 9225 0.244
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 51 31 9048 8787 0.622
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 42 40 8497 8512 0.512
3 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 42 40 8618 8636 0.512
4 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 41 41 8435 8400 0.500
5 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 37 45 8309 8401 0.451
1 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 61 21 8637 8047 0.744
2 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 55 27 9458 8985 0.671
3 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 43 39 8239 8199 0.524
4 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 34 48 8556 8728 0.415
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 33 49 8029 8269 0.402
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 67 15 9503 8549 0.817
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 61 21 8637 8047 0.744
3 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 55 27 9458 8985 0.671
4 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 51 31 8911 8559 0.622
5 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 51 31 8258 7935 0.622
6 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 47 35 8741 8679 0.573
7 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 43 39 8239 8199 0.524
8 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 41 41 8851 8894 0.500
9 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 40 42 9161 9119 0.488
10 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 34 48 8556 8728 0.415
11 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 33 49 8029 8269 0.402
12 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 32 50 8430 8748 0.390
13 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 31 51 8657 8748 0.378
14 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 26 56 8575 9139 0.317
15 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 24 58 8831 9293 0.293
1 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 51 31 8258 7935 0.622
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 47 35 8741 8679 0.573
3 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 41 41 8851 8894 0.500
4 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 40 42 9161 9119 0.488
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 31 51 8657 8748 0.378
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 49 33 8953 8805 0.598
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 43 39 8459 8529 0.524
3 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 41 41 8460 8373 0.500
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 36 46 8601 8585 0.439
5 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 29 53 8288 8827 0.354
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 53 29 8857 8641 0.646
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 51 31 8762 8417 0.622
3 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 31 51 8556 8857 0.378
4 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 28 54 8400 8867 0.341
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 20 62 8673 9225 0.244
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 67 15 9503 8549 0.817
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 51 31 8911 8559 0.622
3 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 32 50 8430 8748 0.390
4 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 26 56 8575 9139 0.317
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 24 58 8831 9293 0.293

Milwaukee’s Long-Term Project

Certain aspects of the Bucks’ rebuild is ahead of schedule or approaching completion. The individual returns on Giannis Antetokounmpo, Krhis Middleton and Jabari Parker have been mostly good, giving the appearance that the Bucks will be ready to compete for things of consequence shortly.

But this team is still taking the long-term approach. The Bucks are not solely interested in winning now or even soon. They are, for the most part, prioritizing development over everything else. It’s senseless, then, to place any stock in their divisional odds, conference chances or championship prospects. The time for that is likely years away. And if it’s coming sooner, you’ll know by the middle of any given season. Don’t waste your time and sportsbook funds throwing Jell-O at the wall and hoping it sticks. This is to say: Don’t bother trying to predict an expedited championship window before the fact.

For now, stick with nightly bets for this squad during the season, and over/under wagers on win totals over the offseason. These are more controllable slips at this point in the Bucks’ development, and dedicating your Bucks-related betting to these parameters makes it more likely that you’ll come out ahead of the sportsbooks.