But it's not the six seed Milwaukee wants, it's the seven seed. At this point, the Celtics are all but locked into the two seed. Their 53-35 record puts them 3 games back of the first place Raptors and 5 games ahead of the three seed Cavilers.
In what has been an underwhelming year for the Bucks, especially on the defensive end, running into the injury ravaged Celtics in the first round could provide the boost of confidence the Bucks need to actualize their potential as one of the better teams in the East.
In a comical twist, ESPN's Kevin Pelton said the Celtics should be hoping they face off against the Bucks in the first round rather than the Wizards or Heat.
Make no mistakes, the Celtics remain an incredibly dangerous team despite losing two of the league's better players, but the crew they have on the floor doesn't have anywhere near the experience Irving has.
The 26-year-old Irving has played 52 playoff games in his young career and has one championship ring.
Tatum is a rookie, Jaylen Brown played seventeen less than impactful games last year, and Marcus Morris has played four total playoff games in his eight year career.
Paried with Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, the limited contribution of Jabari Parker and the potential return of Malcolm Brogdon, raw talent isn't the Bucks issue. It's execution.
The team tried to remedy that by shedding head coach Jason Kidd in January when they were a less than impressive 23-22 overall, and while they have improved record wise under new coach Joe Prunty (19-14) most NBA analysts agree they haven't seen a huge on the court difference.
With or without Irving, things will need to change if the Bucks want to advance into the second round of the playoffs.
If the Bucks do earn the seven seed and advance past the Celtics, it would most likely set up a second round match against the Cavilers. LeBron vs. Giannis on the biggest stage in the NBA is something everyone wants to see.