If and when the NBA season resumes, one team from the Eastern Conference is the favorite to win the 2020 title. While the Western Conference will likely be a battle between the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz, the Milwaukee Bucks are the clear front-runners to come out of the East.
The Lakers have the best odds at winning the championship, according to BetOnline , but the Bucks are right behind them. Although they aren't the favorites according to oddsmakers, former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy is pretty high on the 2019-20 Milwaukee team.
"I thought Milwaukee was going to win it. ... I think Milwaukee is the best team."— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) May 29, 2020
Jeff Van Gundy is picking the Bucks if the season returns. pic.twitter.com/2ch5XVHPzs
Van Gundy cites Milwaukee's incredible defense and depth as the main reasons why he thinks the Bucks will win the title. He adds that Giannis Antetokounmpo's intensity and ability to draw two defenders will help the team succeed in the postseason.
Milwaukee is 53-12 on the season and ranks first in points per game and rebounds per game, according to ESPN, and fifth in points allowed. The Bucks beat Boston once and Toronto twice this season, two of their main competitors in the East.
While nothing officially has been announced, the NBA is in talks with Walt Disney World to resume the season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, so we may see Antetokounmpo and the Bucks back in action sooner rather than later — though only time will tell who the 2020 NBA champion is.