Are Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum Fit? Bucks vs Celtics: Preview, Lineups and Prediction

Published 12/13/2021, 3:30 PM EST
Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts during game three of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks are hosting their fourth game against Boston Celtics on Monday at TD Garden. Moreover, the Bucks were in the driver’s seat in their last game against New York Knicks and secured a spot above Chicago Bulls. With Jayson Tatum back on the Celtics side, this fixture has got the fans excited about witnessing a power-packed performance on Monday.


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Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics | 2021-22 NBA season

Date & Time:

Monday, December 13th; 7:30 PM ET (Tuesday, December 14th; 6:00 AM IST)


TD Garden, MA

Bucks vs Celtics: Preview

It is very much noticeable from the league table that the Bucks are relentlessly chasing down their status to be the best in the league. And with a relatively strong side, they are trying to make things difficult for their opponents.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are on the verge of gaining their momentum in this devastating Western Conference. The Celtics‘ defensive play is the driving force behind their success; and to get back to their winning ways, they will need to re-establish a defensive identity.

Probable Lineups

Milwaukee Bucks:

Jrue Holiday(G), Grayson Allen(G), Khris Middleton(F), Giannis Antetokounmpo(F), Bobby Portis(C).

Oct 27, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball to forward Bobby Portis (9) during the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics:

Marcus Smart(G), Jaylen Brown(G), Jayson Tatum(F), Al Horford(F), Robert Williams(C).

Nov 1, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts during the second half against the Chicago Bulls at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Match Prediction:

The Bucks are more on the favorite side with the Big 3 of Antetokounmpo, Middleton, and Holiday in the lineup. The Celtics were on the losing side in their first encounter, even with the absence of Antetokounmpo and Middleton in the Bucks squad.

The Celtics side has a good lineup with the return of the stars like Jaylen Brown. And now it is all the determination and focus that has to be displayed on the court to take on the defending champions that will cement their fate.


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Are Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum Fit?

Jaylen Brown is expected to return from a hamstring strain for the Celtics; his assistance is urgently required by the C’s. With Jaylen Brown returning, the Celtics should be better on both ends of the court. Additionally, he is capable of deploying in-form trios.

The Milwaukee Bucks, as usual, should start the game with Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the forward spots.


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VS Sharathprasad

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Sharathprasad is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Sharathprasad is a postgraduate in Mass Media Communications with a specialization in Print and New Media. He has been following NBA since 2012 and is an ardent fan of the LA Lakers.