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

Published 03/15/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Mar 13, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks as Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) looks on during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


As the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Washington Wizards in the first game of the two-game miniseries, it ensured the Bucks three-straight wins. Just like last season, Milwaukee is one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference with a 24-14 record. On the other hand, the Wizards have been struggling to keep themselves afloat in the East.

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The Bucks will try to lock in another victory to better their record, and the Wizards will try to end their three-game losing streak in this matchup. Which one seems more likely to happen?

The Milwaukee Bucks: Injury updates and lineup prediction

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The Milwaukee Bucks’ scary form makes them tougher to face. They are only two wins behind the Philadelphia 76ers, who are standing first in the East with a 27-12 record. This is all thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo, who keeps proving why he deserves his third consecutive MVP award.

The previous game went back-and-forth throughout until only 41 seconds were left in the game. The teams were tied at 119, but Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday both went 6-6 from the foul line; it was game over at 125-119.

Eight out of ten players in their roster scored in double figures with Giannis leading the way with another triple-double performance. He finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Their healthy roster has been an added advantage for them.

Mar 13, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards center Robin Lopez (15) defends Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoot attempt during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Washington Wizards: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Washington Wizards went on a downward spiral just a few games after the season commenced. They have lost five of their last six matchups and as their star player, Bradley Beal, deals with a knee injury, they seem in deeper trouble than before.

Despite Russell Westbrook and Rui Hachimura combining for 71 points in their previous outing against the Bucks, the Wizards failed to close the game in the last few seconds. Both their offense and defense are a mess, and unless they make some major changes before the trade deadline, the playoffs are definitely out of the question for them.

Beal was out for the previous matchup and is absent from the Wizards’ injury report right now. One can assume he might be back with the team to make the Wizards’ chances to win this matchup better. Davis Bertans and Raul Neto are questionable for their battle with the Bucks.

Jan 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) reacts after a foul during the first quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

With that, the predicted lineup would be Alex Len, Russell Westbrook, Rui Hachimura, Garrison Matthews, and Deni Avdija.

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Game prediction

Many elite teams are having the worst time finding a way around the Bucks, let alone the Wizards. If Beal returns, he will surely make it a little tougher for the Bucks to get a victory, but the Bucks are still the clear favorites to win this game.

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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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