NBA gambling expectations are much higher for the Bucks last year and it may prove difficult for them to retain their board value with the NBA gambling odds.
Milwaukee finished a stunning 46-36 straight up and took Atlanta the distance in the opening round of the playoffs before bowing out in the decisive game. Even more impressive was the fact that the Bucks only lost 28 games against the spread to emerge as one of the absolute top values on the NBA betting board.
Milwaukee’s story is even more incredible when you consider the fact that superstar and franchise player Michael Redd was only able to play in 18 games last year and center Andrew Bogut missed the playoffs and 13 regular season games due to a hand injury which makes Milwaukee’s run even more astounding.
Much of the credit for the Bucks success must go to head coach Scott Skiles who has learned to compromise on a trade for more freedom on offense as long as his players are relentless on defense.
The Bucks defense suffocated their opponents last year and made up for the lack of scoring due to the losses of Redd and Bogut. It also served to make Milwaukee a dangerous NBA betting online value against anyone that they faced.
General Manager John Hammond won NBA Executive of the Year last year and stayed productive in the offseason with the acquisition of Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette.
Bogut has continued to improve his play and career highs with 15.9 points per game and 2.5 blocks per game while having his second best season in rebounds with just over 10 per game. Skiles says that Bogut is a near All Star but that he must be consistent and bring top play every game as he also has had too many off nights.
Brandon Jennings emerged as a key NBA gambling asset last year in his rookie season in which he averaged 15.5 points and 5.7 assists per game. Jennings had an impressive playoff with 18.7 points per game.
Skiles is correct in saying that the Bucks will not surprise anyone this year and that they must meet the new challenge of being the favorite instead of the dog.