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Scottie Pippen thinks Bucks will come out of the East next season

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Chicago Bulls legend and NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen thinks the Milwaukee Bucks will come out on top of the Eastern Conference next season.

The Bucks had the best record in the league in 2018-19, but they lost to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games.

Now that Kawhi Leonard is out West, though, many believe the East is Milwaukee’s to lose in 2019-20.

“I think this year it’ll probably be Milwaukee,” Pippen told ESPN. “I expect Giannis to make some improvements. But it’s gonna be exciting. You never know what is gonna happen as far as injuries and things like that.”

Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo won the 2019 MVP award. He averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game while shooting 57.8 percent from the floor and 72.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The Bucks, who won 60 games last season, lost combo guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Indiana Pacers this summer. However, they did re-sign center Brook Lopez, small forward Khris Middleton and point guard George Hill. They also landed sharpshooter Kyle Korver and big man Robin Lopez in free agency.

As is the case every season, the Bucks are going to go as far as Antetokounmpo can take them. Most experts believe the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee will meet in the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals.