The Milwaukee Bucks have won seven straight games to start the season. SO WHAT?
The Milwaukee Bucks are the last undefeated team remaining in the NBA after defeating the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. At 7-0, they are the final team to fill their loss column with a “1” whenever that may happen.
The obvious takeaway in this situation goes without saying; seven wins and no losses is an excellent way to start the season. But exactly how excellent of a way is it? Thanks to some hardcore digging by Bucks’ Film Rooms very own data analyst Bo Anderson, we have some concrete evidence that locks the Bucks into NBA history.
Since 1990, only 19 teams have made it through seven games without a blemish on their record. The most recent being the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors. Every team who made it this far made the playoffs at a bare minimum. Furthermore, out of the 19 teams, 17 of them won at least 50 games in that same season.
Thanks to that history lesson, we can basically assume the Bucks will make the playoffs and win 50 games this season. Although the playoffs were a given entering the season, many analysts flirted with the idea of Milwaukee actually being good enough to get to the 50-win threshold.
Only one time in the last ten years would a 50-win team have finished lower than the fourth seed in the weak Eastern Conference. Therefore, we can safely assume the Bucks’ hot start also means they’ll get at least one series at the newly constructed Fiserv Forum.
However, the quick start out of the gates has inspired fans to aspire to new heights. The goal is no longer making the playoffs or getting out of the first round. The goal is now to reach the Conference Finals or (dare I even say?) the NBA Finals.
With the adjusted goal in mind, the Bucks have a very good chance of not just making it to the Conference Semi-Finals, but making it to the Conference Finals as well.
Of those 19 teams to start 7-0 since the 1990-91 season, 79 percent of them made it out of the first round. Even better, 48 percent made it to the Finals with 32 percent of them winning it all.
That’s excellent news for a franchise who hasn’t advanced past the first round since the Big Three of Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell in 2001. In fact, since the Bucks won their last postseason series on Sunday, May 20th, 2001, Milwaukee has gone 14-32 in the playoffs.
Inpredictable.com brings even loftier goals to aim for. According to their formula which predicts every teams projected seeds, the Bucks have an overwhelming hold on the No. 1 seed in the East. Milwaukee has a 60 percent chance to lock in the top position in the playoffs, 27 percent to hold down the second seed, nine percent for the third, three percent for the fourth and one percent for the fifth.
Of course, anything can happen between now and the end of the season, but there’s no reason fans can’t get their hopes up as the calendar turns to November.
Unfortunately, standing in their way, both on Thursday night and in the postseason, are the Boston Celtics. No matter how these first two weeks of the season have gone, many analysts see Boston as still being the clear favorite in the East.
Between Hayward, Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford, Boston has an elite starting lineup. Then, when you add in second-unit studs like Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart it makes for a complete team.
Before the Bucks go any further both right now and in the playoffs, they’ll have to get through the Celtics. Regardless, Milwaukee has some pretty powerful history on their side and a penchant for writing their own narrative.
*Bo Anderson compiled the data that was used in this article from https://www.basketball-reference.com/.