Giannis Antetokounmpo and the company are very serious about their goals this season. The Bucks became the first team to officially clinch a playoff spot this season, Jack Baer of Yahoo Sports reports.
Despite not playing on Sunday, Milwaukee secured a place in the playoffs thanks to a Wizards loss against the Bulls. This result pushed Washington 27.5 games back with 27 games to play.
JR Radcliffe of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel observed that it is the earliest a team has clinched the playoffs in the history of the current NBA format. Milwaukee overcame the Warriors who qualified for the playoffs in 2017 with 49 wins and 9 losses.
The Bucks are not only first in the Eastern Conference but also have the best record in the entire league with 48 wins and 8 losses.
As one would expect, Antetokounmpo, reigning MVP, leads Milwaukee with exactly 30 points per game. He is followed by Khris Middleton (20.7 ppg) and Eric Bledsoe (15.7 ppg).
The next game for the Bucks is at Wizards.