The Milwaukee Bucks will resume play following the All-Star break with the league’s best record, but how do they compare to their Eastern Conference rivals going forward?
With 23 to 25 games remaining for each of the Eastern Conference’s five best teams, there’s no room for a post All-Star slump in the race to make it to the Finals.
The Milwaukee Bucks look to be in a commanding position with their league-best record of 43-14, and based on their play up until this point in the campaign, there’s no reason to believe they’re set to relinquish their hold on the East before the playoffs get underway.
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Still, that doesn’t mean that the Bucks won’t have four teams gunning for their spot for the remainder of the season.
If there was any doubt to just how competitive the run-in would be in the East, it dissipated following an active trade deadline where Milwaukee, Toronto and Philadelphia bolstered their rosters.
By no means should the Celtics or Pacers be left out of any discussion of the East’s leading teams either, meaning if the Bucks are to make it deep into this year’s playoffs, they’ll have to emerge from the most competitive collection of teams the conference has seen in years.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the Bucks’ rivals look heading into the stretch run, and what that means for their potential matchups with Milwaukee.