Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic: Injury Update, Team News, Lineup, and Prediction

Published 01/11/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Jan 8, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with forward Khris Middleton (22) against the Utah Jazz at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks take on the Orlando Magic in a rematch from the NBA playoffs. Giannis and the Milwaukee Bucks have been slightly underwhelming this season, sitting at 6-4. The arrival of Jrue Holiday from New Orleans has done little to improve them so far. However, it is early in the season, and the Bucks are trying to find chemistry with Holiday.

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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been a surprise package. They started the season strong, going on a 4-0 run. However, they then began to slip, after suffering back-to-back losses. Since their first loss against the 76ers, the Magic have been inconsistent, maintaining a 6-4 record.

With that in mind, take a look at what to expect from both teams heading into tonight’s game.

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Milwaukee Bucks – Team News

Dec 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) attempts to shoot the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks will be hoping that Giannis Antetokounmpo recovers ahead of the game. Antetokounmpo is listed as probable for the game against the Magic, after suffering from back spasms. He missed the game against the Cavaliers in order to recover. Other than the ‘Greek Freak’, the Bucks appear to be at full strength.

Predicted Line-Up: Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

Orlando Magic – Team News

Dec 27, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (R) passes the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (L) and guard Evan Fournier (C) in the third quarter of their NBA game at the Capitol One Arena in Washington, DC, USA, 27 December 2020. . Mandatory Credit: Shawn Thew/Pool Photo viaUSA TODAY Sports

The Magic will be without their star player, Markelle Fultz. Fultz suffered a torn ACL against Cleveland that ruled him out for the rest of the NBA season. In his absence, rookie Cole Anthony has been given more time to play. In addition to this, Michael Carter-Williams and Evan Fournier have been listed as unavailable for the game against Milwaukee.

Predicted Line-Up: Cole Anthony, Dwayne Bacon, James Ennis III, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic

Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic

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 Bucks will come into this game relatively unscathed. On the other hand, the Magic are severely hamstrung due to the injury problems that the team has endured. Losing Fultz may prove to be a big loss in the grand scheme of things. Against a team that is expected to be a championship contender this season, the Magic may not have enough to overcome them.

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However, the Bucks have been unimpressive this season and inconsistent. So the Magic do have a chance to pull off an upset, much as they did in game one against the Bucks last season.

Prediction: The Milwaukee Bucks will face stiff competition from an underrated Magic team but will overcome them late.

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Will the Magic upset the Bucks? Or will Giannis and co. power through Orlando? The rematch from their playoff series could prove to be an exciting fixture, especially given how the Magic beat the Bucks in game one of their series.

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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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