Bucks on pace to beat 2016-17 Warriors for earliest playoff clinch
The Milwaukee Bucks are having a historic 2019-20 season with reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and two-time All-Star Khris Middleton leading the way.
Wizards lose to Cavs, so #Bucks magic number to clinch a playoff berth is 2. Can happen as early as Sunday, but will absolutely happen with a win over the Wiz on Monday, Feb. 24. Current NBA record for earliest clinch: Feb. 25 (2017 Warriors).
— JR Radcliffe (@JRRadcliffe) February 22, 2020
The Bucks face the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, and will take on Washington Wizards on Monday. With two victories, the Bucks can become the first team to lock up a playoff spot.
Milwaukee is on pace to break all sorts of records in their historic 2019-20 season. Of course, none of these records will matter if they don’t win the Larry O’Brien trophy this June.
The Bucks currently tops the league in defensive rating and allows the least points per 100 possessions. Likewise, Milwaukee ranks third in offensive rating behind the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets and scores the most points as a team on a nightly basis.
The Bucks are definitely looking like the team to beat, much like they did last season. Unfortunately, despite topping the NBA record-wise in 2018-19, they were stopped on their tracks by the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors led by Kawhi Leonard.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is likely on his way to capturing his 2nd MVP award. However, none of that will mean anything unless he wins his first NBA championship this season.
The Bucks certainly hope they have the same success as the 2016-17 Warriors did when they clinched a postseason spot just a few days off the All-Star break. Winning the title is perhaps the best way to make The Greek Freak stay in Milwaukee with his impending free agency coming in the summer of 2021.