Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Bulls vs Bucks: Predictions, Injury Report & Lineups

Published 04/30/2021, 1:44 PM EDT
Apr 25, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) fights for a loose ball with Atlanta Hawks center Onyeka Okongwu (17) during the third quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports


Milwaukee Bucks will face off against the Bulls in Chicago tonight as both teams look to bounce back from their respective losses. While the Bucks lie third in the Eastern Conference Table, the Bulls find themselves scrambling for the final play-in spot as they sit at 11th place.

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Date & Time: April 30, 2021, 8pm ET

Venue: United Center, Chicago

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Record: Bulls (26-36) vs Bucks (38-24)

Jan 1, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket between Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. (34) and forward Thaddeus Young (21) at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Chicago Bulls

 The Bulls are two games behind the in-form Washington Wizards for the elusive 10th place in the East. So, in order to dethrone them, the Bulls need to catch fire in this final leg of the regular season.

They are coming off a loss at the hands of New York Knicks. In that game, Nikola Vucevic suffered tightness in his right adductor. Although he is listed as probable, he is likely to shake it off and lace up his boots for this encounter. Especially considering the fact that their All-Star, Zach LaVine, is expected to be out for another week or 10 days because of COVID protocols.

Starting 5 for Chicago Bulls

Guard – Coby White

Guard – Garrett Temple

Center – Nikola Vucevic

Forward – Patrick Williams

Forward – Daniel Theis

Preview | Milwaukee Bucks

 The Bucks were handed a surprise 136-143 defeat at the hands of Houston Rockets last night. But more importantly, Giannis Antetokounmpo exited the game just a minute into the first quarter after twisting his ankle; and he did not make a return to the court.

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While there is no confirmation over the extent of his injury yet as he hasn’t been officially ruled out, he is unlikely to play any part, not only because of the less-than-24 hour recovery period but also as the Bucks have no reason to risk their star player with the post-season soon approaching. So, PJ Tucker will take his place in the starting lineup.

They have no other immediate concerns in the injury department.

Starting 5 for Milwaukee Bucks

Guard – Donte DiVincenzo

Guard – Jrue Holiday

Center – Brook Lopez

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Forward – PJ Tucker

ForwardKhris Middleton

Predictions | Bulls vs Bucks

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Both the teams are missing their best players, but the Bucks are slightly in a better position with Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton in their team. Hence, they are the slight favorites for this NBA game.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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