Milwaukee Bucks: Fiserv Forum becoming a fortress

MILWAUKEE - SEPTEMBER 13: (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE - SEPTEMBER 13: (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images) /

Key to the Milwaukee Bucks’ success over the past two years has been their dominant play since moving into their new home at Fiserv Forum.

As the ABC cameras descended on the Cream City on Saturday, something that was unthinkable for so long, the Milwaukee Bucks experience very much lived up to what has become the norm of late.

Sold out on a regular basis, a new attendance record was set with 18,290 fans in attendance at Fiserv Forum for the visit of the rival Philadelphia 76ers.

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On the court, the consistency has been even more impressive, though, as the Bucks rolled off the kind of 21-point win against the Sixers that has become somewhat routine for Mike Budenholzer’s team.

For fans who watched years of mediocrity and underachievement while the Bucks called the Bradley Center home, there’s undoubtedly something a little unusual about the prospect of a Milwaukee team racking up win after win in front of their own sold out crowds, but the Bucks’ step up to the next level has coincided with their move to a luxurious new home.

With 70 regular season games played in Fiserv Forum to date, the Bucks hold a truly formidable 59-11 record.

Finishing the 2018-19 campaign with a 33-8 record at Fiserv Forum, only the Denver Nuggets (34-9) managed to compiled a better record than the Bucks in their first year in their new home.

A year on, the Bucks have improved upon their 60-win heroics in almost every department, and that includes their home form.

Although more discussion has generally been devoted to the Bucks’ 22-5 record on the road, which is just behind the Lakers for the NBA’s best mark this season, their form at Fiserv Forum has been almost as impressive as the 76ers’ storied home exploits this year.

Philadelphia’s 26-2 record has received plenty of attention given it represents a rare bright spot for the underachieving 76ers, but the Bucks are just one loss off that mark in their own right, currently boasting a formidable 26-3 home record.

Of course, this is only made all the more significant by the fact the Bucks increasingly look like a lock for the No. 1 seed in the East. Currently 6.5 games up on the second-placed Raptors, the Bucks seem set to hold homecourt advantage not just through the East, but the entirety of their potential playoff run.

Milwaukee is playing with a level of all-around dominance that is incredibly rare, and may well be in the midst of the greatest season in franchise history.

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For fans looking to believe that this season will lead to a different final outcome than a year ago, the Bucks’ incredible home record should offer plenty of reason for hope.