Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 12/27/2020, 5:43 PM EST
Dec 25, 2020; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) brings the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors during a NBA game at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks have just one goal this season; they want to win it all. Fortunately for them, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is spearheading their squad. Despite being the best team in the Eastern Conference last season, the Bucks had another disappointing playoff run.

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They were sent home in just the second round of the playoffs by the Heat but are still one of the top contenders to become the Eastern champions this year. They have started the season with a 1-1 record and will look to achieve their second W of the season.

Giannis and the Bucks will travel to Madison Square Garden for their next fixture. For the hosts, the season has started with back-to-back defeats. If they do not rectify their flaws soon, Knicks fans might be in for another abysmal season.

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Milwaukee Bucks injury updates and predicted lineup

After a glorious Christmas Day victory against the Warriors, Milwaukee has all the momentum in the world. Along with the Greek Freak, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton have bolstered the team with terrific performances. In fact, if it wasn’t for these two, the holiday fixture could’ve ended differently.

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

As far as their injury report is considered, their entire roster seems fit for the Knicks clash. Therefore, the expected lineup for the Bucks is Donte DiVincenzo (G), Jrue Holiday (G), Khris Middleton (F), Giannis Antetokounmpo (F), and Brook Lopez (C).

New York Knicks injury updates and predicted lineup

Even though Knicks fans weren’t expecting anything exceptional from their team, they hoped for a strong showing in the initial games. Unfortunately, the Knicks are still figuring things out regarding their team chemistry. Needless to say, they will be anxious to get their first win of the season.

Furthermore, they are dealing with multiple injuries to their vital players. Austin Rivers will be out for the upcoming game along with Omari Spellman and Obi Toppin. Meanwhile, Kevin Knox II and Dennis Smith Jr. are listed probable as of now.

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So the expected lineup for the New York Knicks is Elfrid Payton (G), RJ Barrett (G), Julius Randle (F), Reggie Bullock (F), and Mitchell Robinson (C).

Game prediction

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The Bucks should come home with an easy victory. The gap between the talent level of both the teams is too wide and it won’t be far-fetched to predict a one-sided victory for the Bucks.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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