As we enter into a new month of the NBA season, we have a small sample size of where the Milwaukee Bucks currently are as a team.
After the exciting win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Milwaukee Bucks have been up-and-down in the early part of the year, suffering two poor losses to the Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors. However, with a new month comes new chances to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. With 14 games remaining in the month of November, the Milwaukee Bucks have a legitimate shot to give themselves an early separation from the rest of their Eastern foes.
Predicting the Milwaukee Bucks’ overall record for November
Looking at the November schedule for the Milwaukee Bucks, there is a mixed bag of opponents that can be easy wins but also challenging opponents. The Bucks play the Bulls twice (Nov. 13 and Nov. 30) and the Wizards twice (Nov. 20 and Nov. 24), which could be four fairly easy wins for the Bucks. The Wizards have opened the year struggling, and the Bulls haven’t been much better in the early goings of the NBA season. Other easy opponents that the Milwaukee Bucks square off with are the Pistons (Nov. 8), the TrailBlazers (Nov. 26) and the Hornets (Nov. 17), as all three teams have performed poorly to start the year.
The Trail Blazers game will be especially interesting to watch, with it being Lillard’s first time playing against his new team. Despite some of the easier opponents they will face, the Milwaukee Bucks will have their hands full with some other teams. A matchup with the Pacers (Nov. 9) could be interesting as the two teams could fight for positioning in the Central Division.
Another matchup that will be a key game to pay attention to is the showdown with the Celtics on Nov. 22. Both the Celtics and Bucks are seen as the favorites in the East to start the year, and with the matchup coming just a few weeks into the year, this could be a major tone-setter in the conference. The two teams have clashed heavily in recent years, and with the two making the big offseason moves, it’ll be interesting to see how the two will match up with the changes.
Another key game will be against the Heat on Nov. 28. The Heat have struggled early, but make no mistake about it: this is a Heat team that can turn it up a notch at any time. This will also be another redemption chance for the Milwaukee Bucks, as it’ll be a rematch from last year’s Eastern Conference first round playoff series.
Here is the full schedule for the Milwaukee Bucks in November:
Nov. 1 @ Toronto Raptors (L)
Nov. 3 vs. New York Knicks (W)
Nov. 6 @ Brooklyn Nets
Nov. 8 vs. Detroit Pistons
Nov. 9 @ Indiana Pacers (NBA TV)
Nov. 11 @ Orlando Magic
Nov. 13 vs. Chicago Bulls
Nov. 15 @ Toronto Raptors
Nov. 17 @ Charlotte Hornets
Nov. 18 vs. Dallas Mavericks (NBA TV)
Nov. 20 @ Washington Wizards
Nov. 22 @ Boston Celtics (ESPN)
Nov. 24 vs. Washington Wizards
Nov. 26 vs. Portland TrailBlazers
Nov. 28 @ Miami Heat (TNT)
Nov. 30 @ Chicago Bulls
November Record Prediction: 11-5
There is no question some tough opponents for the Milwaukee Bucks in November. Games against the Celtics, Mavericks, Heat and Nets could be losses for the Bucks, depending on how they start out in those contests. But with multiple games against a struggling Wizards team and Bulls team as well, there’s no question that this Milwaukee Bucks team can finish with a high record prior to December.
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