We may not know how Milwaukee’s 2019-2020 season will end, but the path they’ll have to take has finally been made clear. After going 60-22 a year ago — with an MVP award and Eastern Conference Finals appearance under their belts — the Bucks shall begin anew this October. Their first step comes down in Texas on October 24th as they head to Houston for a tango with the revamped Rockets.
Note: The Bucks site hasn’t updated yet to reflect the schedule. Find a PDF version of it here.
Update: Nevermind! The site’s up to date!
As ever, the Bucks will spend 41 games at home and 41 on the road with 16 games to be played against the other tenants of the Central Division. Milwaukee will also face the Celtics, Hawks, Magic, Raptors, Sixers, and Wizards four times each, and the rest of the schedule is rounded out against Western Conference foes and the remaining East teams.
Importantly, the Bucks will see their national TV appearances increase from 25 last year to 34 this year. Having the league’s premier player and a seemingly open pathway to title contention will do that for you.
Bucks have 4 games on ABC, 10 games on ESPN, 10 games on TNT and 10 games on NBATV.— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) August 12, 2019
That means over 40% of Bucks games will be nationally televised.
Lastly, picking through the games, a couple of dates stand out:
10/24/19 - @ Houson
- The road to a championship has to start somewhere, so why not in Houston?
10/26/19 - v. Miami
- We’ll only have to wait but two days before the Fiserv Forum is re-opened for the year when Jimmy Butler and the Heat arrive for the home opener
11/02/19 - v. Toronto
- Revenge won’t be nearly as sweet without Kawhi around, but the Bucks won’t have to wait long for their first crack at the Raptors
11/04/19 - @ Minnesota
- Often the one and only time I get to see the Bucks in-person. Tossing this one on the pile for all you road warriors
12/25/19 - @ Philadelphia
- Bucks will appear on the NBA’s marquee regular season date for the second year in a row as they spend Christmas tussling with the Sixers
01/24/20 - @ Charlotte
- Bucks basketball heads overseas for a trip to Paris
03/08/20 - @ Phoenix
- Dragan Bender makes his return to Phoenix (duh)
04/15/20 - @ Brooklyn / Entire month of April
- Season finale which will be virtually meaningless with the Bucks up 10 games over the East’s second seed
- Also should note that of the eight games in April, six will come against teams which will likely be contending for top seeds in the Eastern Conference
What do you make of the schedule? Do you think the Bucks will be able to reach the over on 57 wins (as predicted by Vegas)? Can they match (or even exceed) last year’s 60 Ws? And are there any games in particular you’ve got circled on the calendar?