Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers: Injury Updates, Lineups and Predictions

Published 02/03/2021, 10:15 AM EST
Jan 18, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) grabs a rebound against the Brooklyn Nets during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks will be facing the Indiana Pacers next on a stacked Wednesday schedule. The Bucks are coming off a massive win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Meanwhile, the Pacers continued their strong start to the season with their win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Both teams have the same number of wins this season, but the Pacers have lost one more game. They have been surprisingly steady all season, and look to be a lock for the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Bucks look to keep showing why they should be title favorites with their current team.

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The Bucks are entering this game with a completely clean bill of health. All their signed players are available for this encounter. However, the Pacers aren’t that lucky. They will still be missing T.J. Warren (foot) and Caris LeVert (abdomen), who is yet to debut after a major health scare.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers: Are the Pacers going to pull off a big win?

Indiana has been very solid this season. Despite having the Victor Oladipo uncertainty to begin the season, the team was playing very well with him. While they have had issues since his departure, Domantas Sabonis is leading this team well enough with Malcolm Brogdon while they wait for their players to return.

Jan 24, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) prepares to shoots the ball while Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher (25) and forward OG Anunoby (3) defend in the second quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks are exactly what everyone expected them to be. They are extremely solid defensively and offensively, but haven’t had the same success as season’s past. Whether it is because their team has become predictable or if it is just a slow start, there are red flags with how the Bucks are playing.

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The Bucks will be starting with Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Brook Lopez. Meanwhile, the Pacers will line up with Malcolm Brogdon, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb, Domantas Sabonis, and Myle Turner.

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For our prediction, we will stick with Milwaukee. Stylistically, the Bucks can slow down the points of offense for Indiana. They have Jrue on Brogdon, while Giannis will most likely be on Sabonis. Hopefully, their predictable play-style finds its usual ways of dominating.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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