Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks: Injury Updates, Lineup and Predictions

Published 12/25/2020, 11:30 AM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks are both looking to bounce back after their defeats in their season opener. The Warriors faced a blowout defeat at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were just an unmatched duo and very threatening for all teams in the conference. However, the Bucks had a close call and lost only by a point to the Boston Celtics.

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Now that they face each other, which team will come out victorious? Let’s figure it out.

Golden State Warriors injury updates and lineup prediction

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It seemed like the Warriors had no control over their game against the Nets. Stephen Curry fulfilled his part in the opener by dropping 20 points and leading the team in assists. However, his buckets from the arc need some work as he just made 2 out of 10 of the attempts.

The good part was watching James Wiseman make a great debut with the Warriors. After missing all the preseason games, he bagged 19 points and Andrew Wiggins had 13 points. This wasn’t enough to take over the beastly duo the Nets had.

What they lacked the most in is their defense, and if they want to be anywhere close to a win against Giannis’ Bucks, they needed to fix that loose end. Draymond Green is still ruled out for their Christmas matchup because of an injured foot.

Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets power forward Jeff Green (8) and Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With that, the predicted lineup would be Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, Kelly Oubre Jr., and Eric Paschall.

Milwaukee Bucks injury updates and lineup prediction

The Bucks were just extremely unlucky against the Celtics. With just .4 seconds to go for the buzzer, they were 2 points behind Boston when Tristan Thompson fouled Giannis Antetokounmpo. However, unable to convert both his free throws, he could not tie the score.

Jayson Tatum hitting a three-pointer within seconds left in the game was a nail to their coffin. On the bright side, Jrue Holiday and Giannis’ on-court chemistry looked great. This could be very beneficial for them to face the Warriors.

The Bucks held the regular-season crown in 2019-20 and will hope to keep that to themselves. D. J. Augustin did not play against the Celtics because of a calf injury, but no official announcement has been made about the match against Golden State.

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Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) attempts a basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

So, the predicted lineup would be Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Brook Lopez.

Game predictions

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The Giannis and Khris Middleton combination won’t be an easy one for the Warriors to handle. The situation would have been different if the Warriors had Klay Thompson, but as far as their current roster is concerned, expect them to lose this game to the Bucks.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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