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Extended Forecast: October Edition

An Extended Look at the Bucks’ Schedule Every Few Weeks

Milwaukee Bucks v Brooklyn Nets - Game Seven
PJ Tucker, now with Miami, and Kevin Durant are on the early schedule
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Welcome to the introduction of the Brew Hoop Extended Forecast. This is going to be a season-long series, covering all 82 games in smaller chunks and giving an idea of what the upcoming schedule looks like for the Milwaukee Bucks. For now, expect this about two times per month. Obviously, the first and second games will be the two most easy to predict for the entire season, since we will have more information on injuries, trades, etc, but in general we still should have an idea of what is coming.

The Bucks, to start the season, are going to be playing seven games against six teams in the month of October. They will start off facing Brooklyn at Fiserv Forum for the Championship Ceremony, followed by a three-game road trip against Miami, San Antonio and Indiana. That is then followed by a three-game homestand with Minnesota, San Antonio and Utah to close out October. It’s definitely not the easiest start to the season by any means, and let’s take a look at the Bucks’ schedule in the month of October, with some extended forecast predictions.

BROOKLYN, October 19th

The Bucks will be feeling a lot of energy going into this game, the first as defending champions (WOW, still), and they will be getting their championship rings. 10 of the Bucks from that roster are going to be on the team (assuming Elijah Bryant doesn’t get cut), and players like Bryn Forbes, PJ Tucker, Jeff Teague and Mamadi Diakite are going to get their rings elsewhere. As fun as it is to remember just three months ago, let’s look at the game itself.

Brooklyn might be without Kyrie Irving for this game, and as we know that makes a huge difference for the Bucks. This allows Jrue Holiday to guard James Harden, which is big since Donte DiVincenzo will be out for the foreseeable future. In fact, I’ll assume the Bucks won’t have him until November to make this easier. Brooklyn did add some new pieces, such as LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul Millsap and Patty Mills, and while these additions are big names, they aren’t as good as they once were. The only other injury of note on Brooklyn’s end is DeAndre Bembry, and he is questionable at this point to play. He might be a healthy scratch anyways.

I think the combination of receiving the rings and (most likely) no Kyrie Irving gives the Bucks the edge here.

@MIAMI, October 21st

The PJ Tucker reunion didn’t take long, and it will be interesting to see this Miami team in action against the Bucks. PJ might be a good defender, but he can’t stop Giannis, and neither can Bam Adebayo. The Bucks swept the Heat for a reason, and while they did add old man Kyle Lowry, Jrue Holiday is still the better player. The Heat also lost a lot of depth, and will be without Victor Oladipo to start. Also, why don’t they just make Udonis Haslem a coach already instead of giving him a roster spot? The Bucks are clearly better, but you never know, especially early in the season.

SAN ANTONIO October 23rd (away), October 30th (home)

San Antonio will be the first team we end the season series with, so this will be the only time we get a look at the Spurs. That’s probably a good thing, because this Spurs’ team is not that interesting and no longer has a player with an All-Star appearance on the roster (for the first time since before David Robinson’s first All-Star appearance, it has to be some sort of non-Lakers record). The Spurs are led, at least in salary, by guards Dejounte Murray and Derrick White, and while both are underrated, they don’t come close to the Bucks’ big three. They have many other young players and a few veterans, like former Buck Bryn Forbes, mixed in, but this team is likely not a postseason team. Regarding injuries, the Spurs will be without Zach Collins, and possibly Jock Landale and Tre Jones, especially for game one. While this might be the best Bucks’ team assembled since the Kareem & Oscar days, and the worst Spurs’ team since before David Robinson (aside from the season that lucked them into Tim Duncan), how often do we sweep the Spurs? It’s more like the Spurs sweep us, and that’s why I’m not counting out the Spurs getting one of these two games. Could happen, but it’s not a guarantee.

@INDIANA, October 25th

Indiana is not a great team, but they could be a better version of what they were last season. Indiana is led by Domantas Sabonis and former Buck Malcolm Brogdon, along with new head coach Rick Carlisle. However, the Pacers are already starting to get ravaged by injuries. TJ Warren and Caris LeVert will definitely not be available for the first game between these two teams, and Justin Holiday (yes, Jrue’s brother) is also out until at least October 20th. That really impacts the wings in Indiana, and they are a team that doesn’t really like playing Sabonis and Myles Turner together. So, they will be asked to lean on players like Jeremy Lamb, former Buck Torrey Craig, and players on the deep bench to try and stop Khris and Giannis. Good luck, Indiana.

MINNESOTA, October 27th

Minnesota is going to be an interesting team to watch, and we will see if some of their many injury-prone players make it to this point in the season without needing rest. At this point, the Wolves don’t really have anybody of note on the injury report (October 12th) who is more than questionable for their next preseason game. Still, a full strength Timberwolves team is no match for the Bucks. They will likely be something like 2-3 at this point in the season, and the Bucks should be able to have their way with this young team.

UTAH, October 31st

This is a scary, early season matchup for the Bucks, and yes, pun intended due to it being Halloween. Utah, Brooklyn and Milwaukee are my three best teams in the NBA, with the Lakers a close fourth, and having a home test at an unusual time (Sunday at 6pm) this early is interesting. Utah was the best regular-season team in the NBA, and I think they improved their roster. Regarding injury, they likely will be without newcomer Rudy Gay, but other than that they are fully healthy at this point. The Jazz have the offense and defense to make this an interesting game, assuming this isn’t a rest day following a back-to-back with the Spurs.

Jon’s Prediction: 5-2

As you can see, the Bucks’ schedule is not the easiest right out of the gate, but it also could be much tougher. I think we can pencil in at least four wins here (Brooklyn, Indiana, Minnesota and at least once over San Antonio), and there probably will be at least one loss. I’m going to go right down the middle, and predict a 5-2 start for the Bucks. Do you think that’s too low, or too high? Let us know below!


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