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

Published 03/13/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Mar 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) steals the ball from New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (right) in the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports


It is no surprise to see the Milwaukee Bucks as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Neither is it a revelation to have the Washington Wizards lingering somewhere at the bottom of the conference. Well, these two polar opposite teams are set to lock horns as the second half of the season is in full force.

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The Bucks are holding the third position with a 23-14 record, while the Wizards are twelfth with a 14-22 record. However, the Wizards are known to pull off some unexpected wins as well. Who will win this matchup?

Milwaukee Bucks injury updates and lineup prediction

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The Bucks kicked off the second half of the season by brutally defeating the New York Knicks 134-101. This is just days after Giannis Antetokounmpo won the NBA All-Star Game as Team LeBron against Team Durant.

The former MVP keeps giving championship-caliber performances each night as he dropped his fifth triple-double of the season with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. In fact, he only played for 29 minutes, and it was enough for the Knicks to lose.

So far, the Bucks’ defense in the season hasn’t been top-notch. But Brook Lopez came to their rescue with a season-high five incredible blocked shots. Four of the other starters also finished the night with double digits, but Bryn Forbes and DJ Augustin stood out as they created a different impact off the bench that led to their victory.

Mar 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) receives a high-five from guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) after being fouled against the New York Knicks in the second quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

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

Washington Wizards injury updates and lineup prediction

After a terrific start to the season, the Wizards landed exactly where everyone has seen them every season. What we thought would be a deadly combination of Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal has turned out to be extremely disappointing.

In their last outing, they tried to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. And even without Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid was too much to handle for them. They even tried to triple-team him but this is the man who is the mid-season MVP favorite for a reason.

Wizards’ star player Bradley Beal ended with 19 points which is quite low, opposed to the 60 points he scored on the Sixers back in January. He had trouble when Matisse Thybulle was guarding him. Davis Bertans, who left the game midway because of an injury, won’t be returning for this matchup either.

Mar 12, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) dribbles as Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green (14) defends during the first quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

With that, the predicted lineup would be Moritz Wagner, Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal, Garrison Matthews, and Rui Hachimura.

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Game predictions

Giannis’ form is scary, and the Milwaukee Bucks are the clear favorites in this game. Unless Beal decides to go full beast mode and drop another 60+ points, the Bucks don’t have much to worry about.

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Read also- The Predecessor of Giannis Antetokounmpo Reveals Why No Star Player Wished to Join the Bucks

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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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