Moore: Miami’s Zone Defense Can’t Stop the Dominant Bucks

Mar 15, 2019 6:00 PM EDT
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USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34), Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3).

  • The league-leading Milwaukee Bucks are -5 favorites in Miami against the Heat on Friday night.
  • Matt Moore breaks down how Milwaukee's zone-busting adaptation gives them an edge.

The Bucks haven’t just been good this year. They haven’t even been great.

They’ve been dominant.

They rank third in offensive rating, first in defensive rating and first in net rating. They have the best record in the NBA. Maybe most impressive, though, is their consistency.


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They have the best net rating in losses and the second-best net rating in wins. That means when Bucks lose, rare as it is, they lose small and when the Bucks win, they win big. They have the most wins vs. teams over .500. The Bucks are 13-1 in-division and 27-5 at home. They check off very single win profile metric you want in a championship contender.

It’s probably time we started treating Milwaukee like the dominant team they are. One of the most interesting things about them is how adaptable they’ve been this year. As teams have found counters, they’ve found counters to those counters.

Take the Heat, for example, who are five-point dogs to the Bucks at home Friday.