Bucks must balance health, winning in final regular season stretch


Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo watches his team during the first half of their game against the Washington Wizards Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wis. He sat out the game with a sore knee.

MEMPHIS – Since the all-star break ended the Milwaukee Bucks have gone 10-4 with wins over then-Eastern Conference leaders Miami and Chicago, Western Conference leader Phoenix and snapped a two-decade losing streak in Utah.

Once painfully close to the play-in tournament, the Bucks appear comfortably out of that picture with five-game cushion on the seventh-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers with eight to play.

And the Bucks are just a half game out of the No. 1 seed… while sitting in fourth place in the conference. The final eight games could be a mad dash for the top spot and home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Or not.

With a 3-0 record against Chicago and a three-game lead over the stumbling Bulls for the fifth seed, the Bucks don’t appear in much danger of falling any further than fourth in the East and hosting at least a first-round playoff series.


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