The Duel

Bucks Odds-On Favorite to Be No. 1 Seed in Eastern Conference Following Wild NBA Offseason

By Stephen Knox
Milwaukee Bucks v Detroit Pistons - Game Four
Milwaukee Bucks v Detroit Pistons - Game Four / Duane Burleson/Getty Images
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The 2019 NBA offseason is one that will likely be remembered for a long time. All-Stars switched teams through free agency and MVPs changed teams via trade, but one team quietly made some tweaks and remains the favorite in the Eastern Conference, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Milwaukee Bucks, with -130 odds, are the odds-on favorites to be the No. 1 seed in the East as we head toward the 2019-20 NBA season.

One big reason for that is, of course, reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. He's still only 24 years old and could improve on a season in which he averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists while shooting 57.8 percent from the field. He's the favorite to win the 2019-20 NBA MVP, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and as arguably the best player in the Eastern Conference. That goes a long way in the Bucks potentially finishing with the No. 1 seed in the East again this coming season.

Milwaukee also returns All-Star forward Khris Middleton, center Brook Lopez and point guard Eric Bledsoe from their NBA-leading, 60-win team from last season. That squad led the NBA in both offensive and defensive efficiency on its way to the top seed in the East and added guard Wesley Matthews, forward Kyle Korver and Robin Lopez this offseason.

Beyond the Bucks are the Philadelphia 76ers (+160), who added Al Horford, and the Boston Celtics (+1200), who swapped out one All-Star point guard (Kyrie Irving) for another (Kemba Walker). The Indiana Pacers signed away one of the top players on the Bucks from last season in guard Malcolm Brogdon, but with Victor Oladipo's availability in question, they're a distant fourth in odds (+2000).

The defending Eastern Conference and NBA champs can't go unnoticed, despite losing Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers and the Western Conference. They're at +3600, but it seems like everyone is chasing the Bucks – both in the odds and on paper.


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