The Milwaukee Bucks entered the offseason hoping to give reigning MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo enough talent to compete for a championship, and their recent moves have helped them improve their title odds significantly. The Bucks’ title odds jumped from +600 to +500 on DraftKings Sportsbook after acquiring Jrue Holiday and Bogdan Bogdanovic. They’ve jumped the Los Angeles Clippers (+600) and Brooklyn Nets (+600) and are only second toThe Los Angeles Lakers (+350) on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Milwaukee sent a hefty haul that included three future first-round picks and two pick swaps New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Holiday. The two-time All-NBA defender and 2013 All-Star gives a team with Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Brook Lopez tremendous defensive potential. Bogdanovic was acquired via sign-and trade and addresses the Bucks’ need for an upgrade at shooting guard. Bogdanovic connected on 40 percent of his catch-and-shoot threes last season and could get a ton of open looks because of the the attention he attracts in the post. Milwaukee has built a team capable of winning it all, and Antetokounmpo might be headed out the door if he isn’t hosting the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2021.
The Lakers’ line will move depending on what free agents they bring in. Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Dwight Howard, and Avery Bradley could be headed out the door in free agency, so there’s a need for quality role players. Having LeBron James and Anthony Davis as pillars will keep Los Angeles in the mix.
The Clippers were rumored to be considering a massive overhaul after last season’s disappointing second-round exit, but Kawhi Leonard is expected to be the face of the franchise. Trading Paul George or losing key contributors like Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell could hurt their chances.
James Harden has been rumored to be seeking a trade to the Nets to be paired with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Acquiring a third star could help the Nets improve their chances even more, but they’d likely have to part with Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, and draft capital to get the job done. A lot could change in the coming weeks, but the Bucks should remain among the favorites to win it all.
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