Milwaukee Bucks vs Atlanta Hawks: Predictions and Betting Advice for the 2021 NBA Playoffs
The Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks: Predictions and Betting Advice for the 2021 NBA Playoffs
The Milwaukee Bucks are still just a couple games under. 500 and without two of their top four options for the playoffs.
For the Milwaukee Bucks, which is playing its 11th consecutive postseason series, it doesn’t look good.
And yet, I’m not taking away from the importance of the season. The team has a great core and we’ve seen them improve greatly this year, but to be competitive and to win a championship, the team needed to perform in the playoffs.
Now, it’s hard to judge the Bucks from a playoff-adjusted perspective, given the fact that they played in the Eastern Conference’s second half of what should have been strong seasons.
But you saw what we saw on the court and on the court they made changes to their roster, and in doing so they were able to make it through the first round, which was extremely important.
The Bucks won’t be in the playoffs next season. They will probably remain in a playoff slot for the first few years.
But the Bucks are still among the top of the East, and in terms of strength in depth, they are the team to beat among the Eastern Conference’s contenders, and with the exception of the New York Knicks, the other seven teams in the East that are not in the playoffs.
What it all adds up to is this: the Bucks had the best record in the East, including going 12-1 on the season. That was no fluke.
And after playing a great first half of the year, the Bucks were going to need to start over again to come out strong in the regular season.
We’re seeing the Bucks play a lot better in the playoffs. They are winning every game they’ve been in, and they were very good at beating New York in the NBDL and getting them to the final four.
The Bucks’ playoff performance hasn’t been flawless, however, as they have gone 0-1 at home in the playoffs but also 2-4 on the road. At the same time, they’ve won two out of three against the Boston Celtics and lost to them in overtime in the First Round of the playoffs.
Why the Hawks can cover
It is no secret that the NBA has a huge money problem. After all, the average pro basketball player isn’t making much money. According to Forbes, the average NBA game generates only $3-4 million dollars in profits (based on the average season length of a professional basketball player). That puts a huge burden on both the owners and the players (if they really want to spend that much money). To save their money and the league as a whole, the league has been looking for creative ways to reduce the size of the NBA’s revenue pie. Now the NBA is looking to solve this problem by offering a new way to get the big bucks.
For the past few years, the NBA has been trying to make money without the typical player contracts that are the standard in the NBA. The biggest complaint from players is not seeing their teams getting enough money to spend. According to Peter Vecsey, a former NBA player and analyst for The B/R Mag, the NBA’s revenue model seems to be based on an “old guard model. ” In that old guard model, players are paid a salary regardless of how much they actually play. But the NBA, it seems, may think that player contracts are too restrictive, so the league is trying something new. “From a business point of view, the NBA is looking for ways to put the league on a sustainable business model,” Vecsey said. This new revenue model has nothing to do with player contracts, but everything to do with the NBA’s ability to put the league on a sustainable business model.
Why the Hawks Can Cover: The NBA’s new revenue model makes the Hawks the favorite in this matchup. The Hawks have the most money when it comes to the NBA’s top 50 players ($27 million) and money they can spend ($16 million). All the other things matter less (money in the draft, money to keep the league healthy and more) but the biggest thing is money. The Hawks and the Bucks are neck and neck when it comes to the top 50 players, and both teams can spend more money on these guys. But the Hawks aren’t just the most talented team in the league.