Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Charlotte Hornets: Game Prediction, Injury Updates and Lineup

Published 04/27/2021, 11:00 AM 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


The Milwaukee Bucks may have lost their last bout against the Atlanta Hawks, but they have been coming out as winners in some tough games against the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns. However, their next game is against the Charlotte Hornets, who are standing eighth in the Eastern Conference with a 30-30 record.

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The Hornets are coming to this matchup after two straight victories and have momentum on their side. Will the Bucks be able to improve their 37-23 record and ensure that their spot as one of the top three teams remains intact? Let’s get to predicting.

Milwaukee Bucks injury report and lineup prediction

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After Giannis Antetokounmpo returned from his injury layoff, the Milwaukee Bucks went on a dominant run. Their scoring inside and outside the arc has been phenomenal and has established themselves as the best rebounding team in the league right now.

However, they suffered a setback playing against the Atlanta Hawks in the last game. Despite Giannis’ 31 point performance, along with his 14 rebounds, the night ended with the Hawks as winners. This just feels like a small bump in the road, and it seems like the Hornets will be their way of getting their winning ways back.

Other than Giannis, Jrue Holiday is being a beast on the defensive end while also contributing somewhat on the offense. P. J. Tucker and Rodions Kurucs are listed as day-to-day, but the rest of their lineup is fit.

Apr 25, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) dribbles defended by Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) during the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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

Charlotte Hornets injury report and lineup prediction

The Charlotte Hornets might be struggling a lot on the injury front, but have at least managed to keep their head above water enough to make it to the play-in. They have been grappling with making it work on both ends of the floor, but their ability to make it work during clutch moments has kept them in the top eight.

They also do the little things that give them victories, like barely fouling and force a lot of turnovers, which works like magic for them. Hornets had a big win against the Boston Celtics last game when three of its players finished the night with double-doubles. It includes Terry Rozier, PJ Washington, and Cody Martin.

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Apr 25, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) runs the offense against Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) in the first half at Spectrum Center. The Charlotte Hornets won 125-104. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Rozier has proven that he can manage an under-manned Hornets. But he needs to bring in his A-Game again when he plays the Bucks. While Gordon Hayward has been and will be out for a while, LaMelo Ball, Nate Darling, and Malik Monk are also going to be absent for this game.

This leaves the lineup to be Devonte Graham, Miles Bridges, Jalen McDaniels, Terry Rozier, and Vernon Carey Jr.

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Game prediction

The Bucks’ healthy roster has an easy upper hand against the underdog’s Hornets. Although this could be an intense and high-scoring affair, the Bucks are likely to take this victory home.

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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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