Milwaukee Bucks: Fear the Deer!

March 14th, 2010 by Adam Lindemer Leave a reply »
Raise your hand if you thought that the Milwaukee Bucks would have 36 wins by mid-March and have a fairly tight grip on the five-seed in the Eastern Conference.

Even I have to keep my hand down, because I thought the Bucks would barely squeak into the playoffs in the weak East.

I'm in awe of what the Bucks have done already this season, and I'm sure all the analysts and prognosticators are biting their collective tongues, as most, if not all, picked the Bucks to finish dead last in the Eastern Conference.

Just for fun, let's take a look at how Sports Illustrated predicted the season for the East, which shows why league-wide preseason predictions are pointless to make, and why I usually go no further than to express how 'my' teams will do.

SI's 2009-10 Eastern Conference prediction:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers; 2. Boston Celtics; 3. Orlando Magic; 4. Washington Wizards; 5. Atlanta Hawks; 6. Toronto Raptors; 7. Chicago Bulls; 8. Miami Heat

Now let's look at the actual East, with current records:

1. Cleveland (51-15); 2. Orlando (47-20); 3. Atlanta (42-23); Boston (41-23); 5.&n ...

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