Will Giannis Antetokounmpo & Chris Paul Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Game 1: Prediction, Injuries & Lineups

Published 07/06/2021, 7:46 AM EDT
Jun 13, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets during game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns host the Milwaukee Bucks in the inaugural game of the NBA Finals tonight. This game is scheduled for a broadcast of 9:00 PM and will be played in the Suns arena.


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The Bucks have finally solidified themselves as a championship contender. With a squad which is well built, the Bucks steamrolled past various teams in the Heat, Nets and lastly the Hawks and have made it to the Finals.

Coming off of two fantastic victories against a formidable opponent in the Hawks, Milwaukee certainly showed character despite playing without Giannis. But the challenge the Suns possess against the Bucks will be on a different ball park all together. Coach Budenholzer will hope that their talisman Giannis Antetokounmpo is back for game 1. A win in the first game is the Finals might be the best way to start a series.


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The Phoenix Suns meanwhile have been the biggest surprise package in this season’s playoffs. Be it their incredible defending or their efficient offense, the Suns defeated some of the biggest teams in the Lakers, the Nuggets and the Clippers in their route to the Final.

While they did have their fair share of struggles with injuries, the Suns finally saw their talisman in Chris Paul in full health as he scored a whopping 41 points to close out the Conference Finals. The Suns will hope that they can carry on this magical run and winning the first game will certainly give all the momentum to the side.


The Bucks and the Suns are well matched on paper. With guards like CP3, Devin Booker facing off against the likes of Middleton and Holiday, and forwards like Giannis Antetokounmpo facing off against DeAndre Ayton, the Bucks and Suns have some of the most interesting one on one battles.

But the Suns have home court advantage in this series and also see the Bucks’ talisman Giannis Antetokounmpo doubtful for the game. Given all of these factors, the Suns surely have the edge in game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Milwaukee Bucks: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Bucks might miss two key players against the Suns in the first game of the Finals. Starting guard, Donte DiVencenzo is sidelined for the rest of the playoffs due to a foot injury. Talisman Giannis Antetokounmpo is doubtful against the Suns as he recovers from a knee injury.

Jul 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; The Milwaukee Bucks bench reacts after Bucks forward P.J. Tucker (17) makes a three-point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Jrue Holiday (G)

PJ Tucker (G)

Khris Middleton (F)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (F)

Brook Lopez (C)

Phoenix Suns- Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Phoenix Suns will only miss a single player in Cameron Johnson who is sidelined due to illness. Playing in their home arena, the Suns will hope that they can win the inaugural game of the Finals and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Jun 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and center Deandre Ayton (22) celebrate beating the LA Clippers in game six of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Chris Paul (G)

Devin Booker (G)


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Mikal Bridges (F)

Jae Crowder (F)

DeAndre Ayton (C)


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Who will win between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks? Let us know in the comments below.


Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.