Bucks Clinch No. 1 Seed in Eastern Conference

Milwaukee Bucks' forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9485611ac)

For the second season in a row, the Milwaukee Bucks have clinched the no. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference after defeating the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday by a score of 130-116.

The Bucks are now ahead of the reigning-champion Toronto Raptors by five games. Since the Raptors have only five games left and the Bucks have four, 4.5 is the most Toronto could mathematically gain, which obviously isn’t enough to take over the first seed.

The Bucks won 59 games this year with a shortened schedule due to the temporary break in the season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the team finished the regular season with 60 wins, so their winning percentage is actually better this year.

The last team to repeat as the no. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference was the Chicago Bulls back in 2011-2012.

As far as who they will face in the first round of the playoffs, it’s going to either by the Brooklyn Nets or the Orlando Magic, who will play each other in a very important game for both teams next week.

Of course, with this year’s playoffs happening in the bubble, the Bucks will not enjoy the home-court advantage they had coming into the playoffs last year.