During Milwaukee's 18-game winning streak, they've only beaten three teams with a winning record - LAC, who they annihilated; Utah; and Indiana. They played Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, and Cleveland twice each as well as Memphis, Charlotte, NYK, NOP, and Portland. The Bucks are playing well, but it's not like they're beating up on the league's top teams. Now they're playing a Dallas team without its best and a top-15 possibly top-10 league player in Doncic.
They also played a lot of the good teams without their best player(s). First game against the Clippers had neither Kawhi or George. Then they beat them handily with full roster the other day. But they have had a lot of schedule luck, Blazers without Lillard, Jazz without Gobert etc.. Even last night, the Mavs were without Luka. When I saw the list of games for last night, couldn't contain laughter. Just insane amount of good fortune for Bucks. But then this morning, I can see that wasn't enough. Mavs won. Good for Mavs. They are a good team this year, maybe this injury to Luka is a blessing in disguise and they learn to be less dependent on him.