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Brutal March Slate Awaits Bucks

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The Milwaukee Bucks concluded the month of February with an absolute demolition of the red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder.

 

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They’re now 51-8 and remain the unquestioned kings of the NBA’s hill. What lies ahead, however, may be the crucible of their 2019-2020 campaign.

The month of March is, as the title says, brutal. It’s up there with October/November’s incredibly lopsided home/away split. The Bucks weren’t phased by the early imbalance, but dropping a game or two over this span of games shouldn’t come to a surprise. Let’s break it down.

Front Nine Not so Nice

The first nine days of March will undoubtedly be the most difficult of the entire month. Six games over those nine days — including five road games with two back-to-backs — initiates the madness.

  • 3/1: @ Charlotte (21-38)
  • 3/2: @ Miami (37-22)
  • 3/4: vs. Indiana (35-24)
  • 3/6: @ LA Lakers (45-12)
  • 3/8: @ Phoenix (24-36)
  • 3/9: @ Denver (40-19)

That’s right. A Charlotte-Miami back-to-back, come home for one, and then it’s back on the road for three more games in four days out west. The early-month slate includes two teams — Denver and Indiana — who have handed the Bucks their two most recent losses (January 31st, February 12th respectively). Now Charlotte and Phoenix aren’t playoff teams, but it’s easy to get complacent and look ahead to the latter half of both back-to-backs (Miami, Denver). This hasn’t been an issue all year, but good health is of the highest priority as we inch closer to the postseason. Don’t be surprised if one or multiple Bucks are held out for a game or two.

Home Sweet Home

After the rigorous set of road games to open the month, the Bucks return home for seven of their remaining nine games in March– five of which are against current playoff teams.

  • 3/12: vs. Boston (41-17)
  • 3/14: vs. Golden State (12-47, but possibly with Steph)
  • 3/16: vs. Miami (36-22)
  • 3/19: vs. Memphis (28-31)
  • 3/21: @ Washington (21-37)
  • 3/23: vs. Detroit (20-41)
  • 3/25: vs. Houston (38-20, have popcorn ready)
  • 3/27: vs. Washington (21-37)
  • 3/29: @ Dallas (36-24)

The four games against non-playoff teams will be against a Golden State team supposedly with Steph back, a Wizards team (twice) that always puts on a show despite their overall woes, and a Bucks Pistons team that is as peculiar as they come.

After March, the Bucks hit the home stretch, but even then things don’t lighten up. April begins with a home-and-home against the Raptors, followed with visits to Boston AND Philly.

This isn’t a challenge the Bucks can’t handle, but the upcoming slate is sure to be eventful to say the least. Long trips, back-to-backs, and dates with LeBron James, Steph Curry, Jimmy Butler, James Harden and Luka Doncic among numerous others are sure to entertain.

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