Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs San Antonio Spurs: Injuries, Lineups, & Game Prediction

Published 03/20/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Feb 3, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) celebrates with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) against the Indiana Pacers at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


The Spurs are on a three-game win streak. After taking a blowout loss against the 76ers who limited them to 99 points, the Spurs bundled up both the Pistons and the Bulls at the same score. On the other hand, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Bucks are riding high after their best win of the season that came against the Sixers.

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The Texas-based team will meet the Bucks for the first time this season in a game that will see Giannis Antetokounmpo one-on-one against DeMar DeRozan. So, which team stands a better shot at winning, and why?

Milwaukee Bucks vs San Antonio Spurs: Injury updates and lineup prediction

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For the Bucks, small forward Rodions Kurucs (Oblique) is questionable. Notably, the 22-YO player is yet to make his debut for the Bucks after the trade for PJ Tucker got him to Milwaukee in the package.

So, his absence would not do any damage to their roster. Moreover, the update around shooting guard Axel Toupane is unclear, and he is still a day-to-day decision.

Possible line-up: Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF), Khris Middleton (SF), Brook Lopez (C), Jrue Holiday (PG), Donte DiVincenzo (SG)

For the Spurs, small forward Keita Bates-Diop is out, whereas center LaMarcus Aldridge will not play ahead of his possible trade. The 35-YO vet is ready to leave the organization after playing four complete seasons while teams like the Celtics stay on the lookout.

Possible line-up: Keldon Johnson (PF), DeMar DeRozan (SF), Jakob Poeltl (C), Dejounte Murray (PG), Derrick White (SG)

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With Giannis Antetokounmpo playing ASMVP level, who wins?

Warriors’ Stephen Curry shoots over Spurs’ Dejounte Murray in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks are in dangerous form, having won 10 of their last 11 games and the latest match against the EC toppers. Giannis Antetokounmpo looked in ravishing form against the Sixers just as he took a seat on the court after a jumper in OT.

He scored 10/32 points in that extra time and snatched 14 defensive rebounds. The entire starting lineup scored in double figures and showed that Giannis is quickly getting better support from his unit. 

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On the other hand, the Spurs have an elite glass dominator in Dejounte Murray. His big wingspan makes him a scary player and rebounding help.

Next up, they have the prolific shooting hands of DeMar DeRozan, who has become better from the three-point range in the season. Also, worth noting, they came back from a 23-point deficit against the Bulls to post an unbelievable win on March 17. So, they can’t be crossed out.

Still, we project Milwaukee Bucks winning by a margin of three to seven points.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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