The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Miami Heat in five games the last postseason. The Bucks lost some of their depth from a year ago, but they added an All-Star guard in Jrue Holiday, and it’s going to be interesting to see if he can be the missing piece to getting over the hump in the East. Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a deadly duo this season (a perfect match for the pick and roll). Donte DiVincenzo needs to be prepared for an expanded role at shooting guard and guys like DJ Wilson and Bobby Portis have to prove they’re capable of being reliable back-ups with some of the rotation thinner than a few months ago. These Bucks have new pieces that make this team better… in the paper at least.
Celtics, on the other hand, is coming off an East Conference Finals trip where they lost to Miami in six games. Far from what was expected for Boston last season. Gordon Hayward was sent to Charlotte., Kemba Walker will be out due to a knee injury, and there is a good chance he won’t be back until next year. Jayson Tatum will take the next step toward becoming a superstar, while young players such as Semi Ojeleye, Robert Williams, and Carsen Edwards look to gain more minutes and consistent playing time. With Kemba also out for at least another month, this will be an easy win for Milwaukee.