Bucks Target Top Seed in the East After Clinching Playoff Spot: A Look at Milwaukee’s Remaining Games

Bucks Target Top Seed in the East After Clinching Playoff Spot: A Look at Milwaukee’s Remaining Games

Joel Reyes
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:28 PM
  • The Milwaukee Bucks clinched the playoff berth in the Eastern Conference last week
  • They hold a 2.5-game lead in the East with just 11 games remaining on their schedule
  • They still have home games against the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers

The Milwaukee Bucks are going to the postseason.

They clinched a spot in the 2023 NBA Playoffs following their win over the Phoenix Suns on March 14.

The next goal for the Bucks is to lock up the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Milwaukee Bucks, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pat Connaughton
Pat Connaughton, Khris Middleton, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks look on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on March 13, 2023 Image: Rocky Widner
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Can they hold off the surging Philadelphia 76ers and the struggling Boston Celtics in the final weeks of the regular season?

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Here’s a look at the Bucks’ remaining schedule.

San Antonio Spurs (March 22, home)

The Bucks suffered a shocking loss to the Spurs in their lone meeting this season, absorbing a 111-93 defeat on November 11, 2022. A lot has changed since that game, with the Spurs owning the second-worst record in the Western Conference.

Utah Jazz (March 24, away)

The Bucks dismantled the Jazz in their only meeting this season, recording a 123-97 victory at home on December 17, 2022, per ESPN. The Jazz will host the Bucks in a vital clash this time. Utah holds the last play-in spot in the West with a 35-37 record.

Denver Nuggets (March 25, away)

This is going to be a good one. The leaders in both conferences square off at Ball Arena in what could be an early Finals preview. They faced each other once this season, with Milwaukee, pulling off a 107-99 win on January 25, 2023.

Detroit Pistons (March 27, away)

The Bucks will fancy their chances against the lowly Pistons as they are 3-0 vs. Detroit this season. They won by an average of 15.7 points in those three games against the team with the worst record in the NBA.

Indiana Pacers (March 29, away)

Milwaukee leads the season series against Indiana 2-1, with the Pacers winning their last meeting on March 16, 2023. All three meetings have been high-scoring affairs, with the Bucks and the Pacers scoring a combined 785 points in those games.

Boston Celtics (March 30, home)

A critical Eastern Conference clash awaits the Bucks as they host the Celtics on March 30. This could decide who lands the top seed in the East, as they have split their two meetings this season.

If they share similar records at the end of the regular season, the winner of this clash will have the tie-breaker.

Philadelphia 76ers (April 2, home)

Three days after meeting the Celtics, the Bucks will play another Eastern Conference rival as they host the surging Sixers. Philadelphia holds a 2-1 series lead over Milwaukee, making this a must-win for the Bucks just in case they end up tied in the standings at the end of the season.

Washington Wizards (April 4, away)

The Bucks and the Wizards have squared off three times this campaign, with Milwaukee holding a 2-1 lead in the season series. The Bucks defeated the Wizards in their last meeting on March 5, 2023, 117-111.

Chicago Bulls (April 5, home)

The Bucks and the Bulls have faced each other thrice this season, with Chicago holding a 2-1 edge in the series. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 118-113 in their first meeting on November 23, 2022.

They replicated that feat on December 28, 2022, with the Bulls winning 119-113 in overtime. The Bucks finally recorded a win over the Bulls on February 16, 2023, defeating Chicago 112-100.

Memphis Grizzlies (April 7, home)

The Bucks will look to get some payback against the Grizzlies. Memphis crushed Milwaukee in their lone meeting this season, with the Grizzlies cruising to a 142-101 win.

Toronto Raptors (April 9, away)

The Bucks close their regular-season campaign with a road game against the Raptors. Milwaukee is 3-0 against Toronto this season and will be looking to complete the sweep. The Bucks defeated the Raptors 104-101 on their last trip to Canada.

Bucks rally past Raptors

Sports Brief recently reported on the Bucks’ comeback win over Toronto.

Brook Lopez scored 17 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead Milwaukee to a 118-111 win over Toronto on March 19, 2023.

Giannis Antetokounmpo also starred in this contest, recording a triple double.

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Joel Reyes
Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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