If you’re like me, you like to plan ahead. The past 12 months has been a period where “planning ahead” isn’t really a thing, but the Milwaukee Bucks will have their short-term future clarified this afternoon.
NBA schedule for the second half of the season will be released today at 3p ET. Plan your day accordingly.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) February 24, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic threw the world for a loop nearly one year ago, stopping the 2019-20 regular season in its tracks and resulting in the Orlando bubble for remaining regular season games and the playoffs. Knowing that the bubble couldn’t be replicated for an entire regular season, the NBA decided to schedule games in chunks; the first half stretched from late December to early March, and this afternoon will tell what the second half looks like for Milwaukee.
As it stands (and as this past year has shown us, things are always subject to change), the Bucks only have a single game from the first half that needs to be made up, a late January matchup against the Washington Wizards. Having managed to play 32/33 scheduled games so far is generally a positive achievement, and means that we can expect the second half to resemble the first. Whether or not that’s a good thing remains to be seen; the Bucks have struggled in part because there is limited practice time available, so all of their changes have needed on-the-fly implementation, and their win-loss record has suffered as a result. But with more repetitions and Jrue Holiday on the mend, Milwaukee should be primed for a nice, long runway into the playoffs...and this afternoon will show us specifically what that runway looks like.
Let us know what you’re looking for in the schedule release, and we’ll be sure to post an update once the news is made official.
UPDATE: The schedule was released and can be found on the Bucks’ website. Some notable observations:
First three games in the second half of the season for the Bucks:— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) February 24, 2021
- Thursday, 3/11 - Knicks in Milwaukee
- Saturday, 3/13 - Wizards in Washington, DC
- Monday, 3/15 - Wizards in Washington, DC
The beginning of April is going to be BRUTAL for the Bucks.— Mitchell Maurer (@Mitchell_NBA) February 24, 2021
March 29: @ Clippers
March 31: @ Lakers
April 2: @ Blazers
April 3: @ Kings (SEGABABA!)
April 6: @ Warriors
April 8: @ Mavs
April 9: Hornets (SEGABABA!)
April 11: @ Magic
April 14: @ Wolves
April 15: @ Hawks (SEGABABA!)