Milwaukee Bucks just miss out on joining elite company with margin of victories

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With their fantastic start to the season, the Milwaukee Bucks narrowly missed out on joining a very elite club for their volume of dominant victories.

As their dominance over the rest of the league continues, the Milwaukee Bucks look even more of a powerhouse than last season. Currently at 31-5 on the season, this team has had their share of thrilling victories, but also a few heartbreaking losses.

Regardless, this Milwaukee team’s dominance is highlighted by the fact they nearly tied the record of most wins by 25+ points throughout the first 33 games in a season. That record being eight games is held by the 1971-72 Bucks, and the 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers. The Bucks were on the verge of joining that elite company but ultimately fell just one such win short.

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A large chunk of the work in approaching that landmark came in a four-game stretch between November 30 and December 6, where the Bucks won these games by an average of 34.35 points. Though three of the teams the Bucks defeated are likely lottery-bound in the Hornets, Knicks, and Pistons, the fourth remains among the league’s best. Milwaukee beat the fully loaded LA Clippers by 28 points on December 6, one of their most notable victories on the season.

Although the 2019-20 Milwaukee Bucks just missed the cut for this particular piece of history, they remain a force to be reckoned with. Winning their games by an average of 12.9 points, the Bucks look a cut above the rest as the next team in that category is the Boston Celtics, with an average differential of 7.9 points per victory. Their stellar play on the offensive end has been the highlight of the season thus far as everything is clicking just right.

Coach Mike Budenholzer rejuvenated the offense in his first year with the Bucks last season but has taken it a step further this year. Milwaukee currently ranks first in the league in points per game at 119.4, and this offense has been dominant in most other subcategories. Ranking first in effective field goals (55.9 percent), true shooting (58.7 percent), field goals made per game (44.0), and much more, the Bucks have everything going for them at the moment.

Impressively, the Milwaukee Bucks have accomplished all of this without having a single player ranking inside the top 50 in minutes played per game. In 60th place overall, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is first on the Bucks, leading the best team in the league with 31.0 minutes per game. Yet, Antetokounmpo stunningly ranks second in the league for points per game at 30.4, only second to James Harden’s 38.2.

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With five players averaging double figures in scoring this season and several others not far behind, do not expect this Milwaukee team to slow down anytime soon. This team may not have been able to break the early season margin of victory record, but what they have done so far has still been incredible. As their conquest for a championship continues, keep an eye on Milwaukee’s league best offense and how it progresses the rest of the season.