Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs New York Knicks – Team News, Lineups, and Predictions

Published 03/27/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis (9) reacts with guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) after dunking against the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks take on the New York Knicks tonight. For the Bucks, they have picked up some more steam as they’ve gone into the season. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been putting up solid numbers, as the Bucks make a push in the Eastern Conference. Unlike the last few years, however, they are no longer the standout favorites from the Eastern Conference.

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The New York Knicks, on the other hand, continue on their good season. Currently, the Knicks have a 23-22 record in the Eastern Conference and hold the fifth seed. Julius Randle has been playing some of the best basketball of his career. Tom Thibodeau has transformed the Knicks culture and is hoping to take them to the NBA playoffs this year.

With that in mind, let us preview the Milwaukee Bucks hosting the New York Knicks.

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Milwaukee Bucks – Team News

Jan 9, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) celebrates with guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks are relatively unscathed on the injury front. New arrival PJ Tucker is still questionable for the game. Bobby Portis and Rodions Kurucs are both out. However, the rest of the team is fully fit, and coach Bud can put out his strongest possible line-up. Expect Giannis Antetokounmpo to come out with his full team ready.

Predicted Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

New York Knicks – Team News

Dec 27, 2020; New York, New York, USA; RJ Barrett #9 of the New York Knicks drives towards the net against Pat Connaughton #24 of the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on December 27, 2020 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Mike Stobe/pool photo via USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks have their fair share of injuries. Nerlens Noel, Elfrid Payton, and Reggie Bullock have sustained minor injuries. Derrick Rose could make his return to the Knicks after an extended absence due to COVID-19 protocols. Julius Randle may play less minutes, as he is also struggling with a minor injury. Immanuel Quickley could be up for big minutes due to injury concerns.

Predicted Lineup: Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett, Frank Ntilikina, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

Milwaukee Bucks vs New York Knicks – Predictions

Jan 15, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with guard Jrue Holiday (21) against the Dallas Mavericks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks have won eight of their last nine games. However, they fell last night to the Boston Celtics, which could hamper their strong momentum. The Knicks, on the other hand, are coming off a two-game winning streak against the Wizards. The Knicks will be hungry to get another important momentum-building performance as they look to secure a playoff spot.

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Prediction: New York Knicks play an aggressive defensive game to halt the Bucks and get a big win.

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Who will win between the Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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