Sealing the deal
With the Raptors currently on an Eastern Conference best five game winning streak, it looks like the Bucks will have to take care of their own business down the stretch.
Thursday night will offer Milwaukee their first of four opportunities to do just that, too, as they require just one more win to secure the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and homecourt advantage for the entire duration of the playoffs.
Of course, a win on Thursday would also see the Bucks take their regular season series over the 76ers, meaning they’d have bettered all of their main rivals across their matchups during the 82-game stretch.
Considering Milwaukee’s injuries, there may well be a real desire to get that final win sooner than later. A win against the Sixers would also give the Bucks a chance to pick up their 60th win of the season when they return home to play the Nets on Saturday night.
In other words, if the Bucks could win the next two, they’d quickly find themselves free to rest up for the playoffs, safe in the knowledge that all of their regular season goals had been achieved.
That’s a dream position to be in, and the Bucks are more than capable of making it a reality.
The game will be televised live on TNT, with tip-off from Wells Fargo Center set for 7pm CT on Thursday night.