The Milwaukee Bucks proved through the first two rounds of the 2019 NBA Playoffs that they were more than deserving of the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. After sweeping the No. 8 seed Detroit Pistons, the Bucks dropped Game 1 against the Boston Celtics and proceeded to reel off four-straight wins.
In turn, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee are heading to their first Eastern Conference Finals since the 2000-01 season. That year marked the last time they won 50-plus games as well, and the Bucks advance to the next round after posting a 60-22 regular-season record.
Next up for The Greek Freak and company is the winner of the Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers, who are the No. 2 and 3 seeds in the East. We’re going to take a look at the Eastern Conference Finals schedule for the Bucks while also offering a prediction on the next round, regardless of who they face.
Milwaukee Bucks NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals Schedule
The schedule has been fully updated now, courtesy of Sports Media Watch, and will be modified if any changes or tweaks are made.
Wednesday, May 15
- Raptors vs. Bucks Game 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
Friday, May 17
- Raptors vs. Bucks Game 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
Sunday, May 19
- Bucks vs. Raptors Game 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
Tuesday, May 21
- Bucks vs. Raptors Game 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
Thursday, May 23
- Raptors vs. Bucks Game 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
Saturday, May 25
- Bucks vs. Raptors Game 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
Monday, May 27
- Raptors vs. Bucks Game 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
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Once both semifinals matchups are wrapped up, the winner from both sides will meet in the NBA Finals, which will begin Thursday, May 30 on ABC.
Milwaukee Bucks Eastern Conference Finals Prediction
The million dollar question becomes whether either the Raptors or Sixers can knock off the top seed in the East, who’ll hold a homecourt advantage in the series. The Bucks posted the second-best home record in the NBA this season at 33-8, although the Raptors (32-9) and Sixers (31-10) weren’t far behind.
Regardless, Milwaukee had the edge over both potential opponents this year, defeating Toronto three of four times during the regular season and Philadelphia on two of three occasions. With the level that the Bucks are currently playing at, and how dominant they’ve been in the postseason, betting against them at this point would be a tall task.
Not only do I think this team advances out of the Eastern Conference, but this is beginning to look like Milwaukee’s year to win the title.
Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks win in six games, advance to NBA Finals