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 2016 (9)
Mon 3 Milwaukee Bucks 93 - 91 Chicago Bulls +155 -175 Odds
Sat 8 Dallas Mavericks 74 - 88 Milwaukee Bucks +150 -169 Odds
Wed 12 Milwaukee Bucks 83 - 101 Indiana Pacers +200 -238 Odds
Sat 15 Chicago Bulls 107 - 86 Milwaukee Bucks +180 -208 Odds
Mon 17 Milwaukee Bucks 78 - 102 Detroit Pistons +200 -238 Odds
Wed 19 Indiana Pacers 103 - 111 Milwaukee Bucks -169 +150 Odds
Wed 26 Reg. Hornets 107 - 96 Milwaukee Bucks
Sat 29 Reg. Brooklyn Nets 108 - 110 Milwaukee Bucks
Sun 30 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 83 - 98 Detroit Pistons
November 2016 (13)
Tue 1 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 117 - 113 Pelicans
Thu 3 Reg. Indiana Pacers 107 - 125 Milwaukee Bucks -145 +125 Odds
Sat 5 Reg. Sacramento Kings 91 - 117 Milwaukee Bucks +145 -164 Odds
Sun 6 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 75 - 86 Dallas Mavericks +140 -145 Odds
Thu 10 Reg. Pelicans 112 - 106 Milwaukee Bucks +185 -204 Odds
Sat 12 Reg. Grizzlies 96 - 106 Milwaukee Bucks +135 -141 Odds
Wed 16 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 100 - 107 Atlanta Hawks +190 -204 Odds
Thu 17 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 73 - 96 Miami Heat +150 -169 Odds
Sat 19 Reg. Warriors 124 - 121 Milwaukee Bucks -455 +375 Odds
Mon 21 Reg. Orlando Magic 89 - 93 Milwaukee Bucks +230 -263 Odds
Fri 25 Reg. Toronto Raptors 105 - 99 Milwaukee Bucks -161 +140 Odds
Sun 27 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 104 - 96 Orlando Magic +105 -120 Odds
Tue 29 Reg. Cavaliers 101 - 118 Milwaukee Bucks -303 +255 Odds
December 2016 (16)
Thu 1 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 111 - 93 Brooklyn Nets -217 +190 Odds
Sat 3 Reg. Brooklyn Nets 103 - 112 Milwaukee Bucks +430 -526 Odds
Mon 5 Reg. Spurs 97 - 96 Milwaukee Bucks -244 +220 Odds
Wed 7 Reg. Blazers 107 - 115 Milwaukee Bucks +105 -125 Odds
Fri 9 Reg. Atlanta Hawks 114 - 110 Milwaukee Bucks +130 -149 Odds
Sat 10 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 105 - 110 Wizards +155 -169 Odds
Mon 12 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 100 - 122 Toronto Raptors +330 -357 Odds
Thu 15 Reg. Chicago Bulls 97 - 108 Milwaukee Bucks -105 -104 Odds
Fri 16 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 95 - 69 Chicago Bulls +195 -227 Odds
Tue 20 Reg. Cavaliers 114 - 108 Milwaukee Bucks -149 +145 Odds
Wed 21 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 102 - 113 Cavaliers +255 -278 Odds
Fri 23 Reg. Wizards 96 - 123 Milwaukee Bucks +140 -145 Odds
Mon 26 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 102 - 107 Wizards +145 -154 Odds
Wed 28 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 119 - 94 Detroit Pistons +135 -154 Odds
Fri 30 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 99 - 116 Wolves -105 -115 Odds
Sat 31 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 116 - 96 Chicago Bulls +135 -149 Odds
January 2017 (15)
Mon 2 Reg. Thunder 94 - 98 Milwaukee Bucks +107 -125 Odds
Wed 4 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 105 - 104 New York Knicks -161 +145 Odds
Fri 6 Reg. New York Knicks 116 - 111 Milwaukee Bucks +175 -204 Odds
Sun 8 Reg. Wizards 107 - 101 Milwaukee Bucks +100 -105 Odds
Tue 10 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 109 - 107 Spurs +445 -556 Odds
Fri 13 Reg. Miami Heat 108 - 116 Milwaukee Bucks +300 -345 Odds
Sun 15 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 98 - 111 Atlanta Hawks +155 -169 Odds
Mon 16 Reg. Sixers 113 - 104 Milwaukee Bucks +345 -370 Odds
Wed 18 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 92 - 111 Houston Rockets +230 -256 Odds
Fri 20 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 96 - 112 Orlando Magic -161 +140 Odds
Sat 21 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 97 - 109 Miami Heat -133 +120 Odds
Mon 23 Reg. Houston Rockets 114 - 127 Milwaukee Bucks -196 +185 Odds
Wed 25 Reg. Sixers 114 - 109 Milwaukee Bucks +600 -833 Odds
Fri 27 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 86 - 102 Toronto Raptors +205 -238 Odds
Sat 28 Reg. Boston Celtics 112 - 108 Milwaukee Bucks +120 -135 Odds
February 2017 (11)
Wed 1 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 88 - 104 Utah Jazz +300 -345 Odds
Fri 3 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 117 - 121 Denver Nuggets +145 -152 Odds
Sat 4 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 137 - 112 Phoenix Suns -120 +105 Odds
Wed 8 Reg. Miami Heat 106 - 88 Milwaukee Bucks +160 -175 Odds
Fri 10 Reg. L.A. Lakers 122 - 114 Milwaukee Bucks +195 -227 Odds
Sat 11 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 116 - 100 Indiana Pacers +230 -244 Odds
Mon 13 Reg. Detroit Pistons 89 - 102 Milwaukee Bucks +130 -145 Odds
Wed 15 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 129 - 125 Brooklyn Nets -213 +192 Odds
Fri 24 Reg. Utah Jazz 109 - 95 Milwaukee Bucks -154 +142 Odds
Sun 26 Reg. Phoenix Suns 96 - 100 Milwaukee Bucks +225 -244 Odds
Mon 27 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 95 - 102 Cavaliers
March 2017 (18)
Wed 1 Reg. Denver Nuggets 110 - 98 Milwaukee Bucks +170 -175 Odds
Fri 3 Reg. L.A. Clippers 101 - 112 Milwaukee Bucks -213 +182 Odds
Sat 4 Reg. Toronto Raptors 94 - 101 Milwaukee Bucks +100 -105 Odds
Mon 6 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 112 - 98 Sixers -227 +195 Odds
Wed 8 Reg. New York Knicks 93 - 104 Milwaukee Bucks +230 -270 Odds
Fri 10 Reg. Indiana Pacers 85 - 99 Milwaukee Bucks +110 -125 Odds
Sat 11 Reg. Wolves 95 - 102 Milwaukee Bucks +130 -145 Odds
Mon 13 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 93 - 113 Grizzlies +155 -175 Odds
Wed 15 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 97 - 96 L.A. Clippers +271 -303 Odds
Fri 17 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 107 - 103 L.A. Lakers -345 +285 Odds
Sat 18 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 92 - 117 Warriors +506 -588 Odds
Tue 21 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 93 - 90 Blazers +155 -169 Odds
Wed 22 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 116 - 98 Sacramento Kings -208 +192 Odds
Fri 24 Reg. Atlanta Hawks 97 - 100 Milwaukee Bucks +241 -278 Odds
Sun 26 Reg. Chicago Bulls 109 - 94 Milwaukee Bucks +210 -238 Odds
Tue 28 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 118 - 108 Hornets +151 -172 Odds
Wed 29 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 103 - 100 Boston Celtics +265 -303 Odds
Fri 31 Reg. Detroit Pistons 105 - 108 Milwaukee Bucks +330 -400 Odds
April 2017 (6)
Sun 2 Reg. Dallas Mavericks 109 - 105 Milwaukee Bucks +220 -256 Odds
Tue 4 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 79 - 110 Thunder +215 -227 Odds
Thu 6 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 89 - 104 Indiana Pacers +175 -196 Odds
Sat 8 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Sixers -227 +188 Odds
Mon 10 Reg. Hornets 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Wed 12 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Boston Celtics

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 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 78 51 27 8619 8325 0.654
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 79 50 29 8510 8328 0.633
3 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 79 48 31 8458 8143 0.608
4 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 79 48 31 8643 8488 0.608
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 78 40 38 8030 8124 0.513
6 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 79 40 39 8224 8239 0.506
7 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 79 39 40 8095 8145 0.494
8 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 79 39 40 8267 8327 0.494
9 Miami Heat Miami Heat 78 38 40 8026 7951 0.487
10 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 79 36 43 8332 8272 0.456
11 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 78 35 43 7882 7984 0.449
12 New York Knicks New York Knicks 79 30 49 8257 8533 0.380
13 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 79 28 51 8094 8543 0.354
14 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 79 28 51 7988 8469 0.354
15 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 79 19 60 8388 8893 0.241
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 78 51 27 8619 8325 0.654
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 79 40 39 8224 8239 0.506
3 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 79 39 40 8095 8145 0.494
4 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 79 39 40 8267 8327 0.494
5 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 78 35 43 7882 7984 0.449
1 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 78 60 18 8253 7660 0.769
2 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 78 53 25 8995 8500 0.679
3 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 79 42 37 7955 7908 0.532
4 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 78 33 45 8150 8275 0.423
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 78 32 46 7638 7841 0.410
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 79 65 14 9172 8249 0.823
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 78 60 18 8253 7660 0.769
3 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 78 53 25 8995 8500 0.679
4 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 78 48 30 7846 7525 0.615
5 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 79 48 31 8573 8281 0.608
6 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 78 45 33 8331 8245 0.577
7 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 79 42 37 7955 7908 0.532
8 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 79 39 40 8551 8607 0.494
9 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 78 37 41 8714 8711 0.474
10 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 78 33 45 8150 8275 0.423
11 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 78 32 46 7638 7841 0.410
12 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 78 31 47 8219 8295 0.397
13 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 78 31 47 7984 8296 0.397
14 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 78 23 55 8165 8731 0.295
15 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 79 22 57 8483 8954 0.278
1 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 78 48 30 7846 7525 0.615
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 78 45 33 8331 8245 0.577
3 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 79 39 40 8551 8607 0.494
4 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 78 37 41 8714 8711 0.474
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 78 31 47 8219 8295 0.397
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 79 48 31 8643 8488 0.608
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 78 40 38 8030 8124 0.513
3 Miami Heat Miami Heat 78 38 40 8026 7951 0.487
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 79 36 43 8332 8272 0.456
5 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 79 28 51 7988 8469 0.354
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 79 50 29 8510 8328 0.633
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 79 48 31 8458 8143 0.608
3 New York Knicks New York Knicks 79 30 49 8257 8533 0.380
4 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 79 28 51 8094 8543 0.354
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 79 19 60 8388 8893 0.241
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 79 65 14 9172 8249 0.823
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 79 48 31 8573 8281 0.608
3 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 78 31 47 7984 8296 0.397
4 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 78 23 55 8165 8731 0.295
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 79 22 57 8483 8954 0.278

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.