The 2022-23 Milwaukee Bucks are the first NBA team to start 8-0 since the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors. Of course, the Warriors started the 2015-16 season 24-0 before ending with a league-record 73 wins.
“Great to be a part of,” said Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo after Friday’s away win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “You can never take it for granted.”
Some NBA betting sites have the Bucks as top favorites to win the championship in 2023. Some sportsbooks are giving them better odds than the Boston Celtics.
The best launch in franchise history is just one more step. We keep building. pic.twitter.com/8SZv4H6MTo
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) November 5, 2022
“I’m very, very happy to be a part of this and to have a team that we can start the season with 8-0,” continued Antetokounmpo. “But at the end of the day, I’m glad we’re building good habits.”
The Bucks are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history. When Milwaukee defeated the Phoenix Suns in the 2021 NBA Finals, the team finished the regular season 46-26 (.639).
Bucks is the first NBA team to start 8-0 since the Warriors started 24-0 in 2015-16
Under coach Mike Budenholzer, the Bucks started their championship season with a 5-3 record. Timing is all that counts for the playoff contenders.
“Yeah, start with that confidence and feeling like you’re building the right habits, playing the right way, winning in different ways, whether it’s blowouts or close games or fighting back,” Milwaukee guard Jrue Holiday said. “It feels good to be 0-8.”
On Friday, in the Bucks’ 115-102 win over the Timberwolves, Holiday Milwaukee led with 29 points in 34 minutes. He finished 12 of 14 shots from the floor and 4 of 11 from beyond the arc.
Giannis passed Grant Hill (29) for 17th all-time in tonight’s triple-double.
26 PTS | 14 REB | 11 AST pic.twitter.com/AkYgHN8T3j
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 5, 2022
Antetokounmpo also recorded his first triple-double of the season. He had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in 34 minutes. The two-time MVP also shot 9 of 21 overall. Now the Greek freak sits ahead of Grant Hill in all-time triple-doubles.
“We just play our basketball style,” added Bucks forward Bobby Portis. “No real worries about the noise from outside and no real worries about what nobody else is up to, worry about what we’re up to, hold each other accountable and try to be the best team we can can be every night.”
Tonight, the Bucks play the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8:00 p.m. ET. According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, Milwaukee has a 75.3% chance of winning at home on Saturday night.
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