Will Jamal Murray Play Tonight? Denver Nuggets vs Milwaukee Bucks: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Predictions

Published 02/08/2021, 1:30 PM EST
Feb 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) and Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) dive for a loose ball during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks are on a four-game winning streak and will be looking to make it five when they face the Denver Nuggets, who are slipping down in the Western Conference. Both these teams are filled with some of the best players in the league, and this matchup will be very intense.

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Milwaukee Bucks injury update and lineup prediction

After crushing the Cleveland Cavaliers in two straight games, the Milwaukee Bucks seem like they’re in the best form at the moment. Other than having the offensive juggernaut Giannis Antetokounmpo, they also have two elite All-Stars to depend on.

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Jrue Holiday has fit seamlessly alongside Giannis and Khris Middleton. Holiday has been an asset on both ends of the floor and Middleton is now the second top-scorer in the team.

Their bench players have also played a crucial role in maintaining the Bucks’ position in the East. Even though they had a slow start to the season, they are unstoppable right now.

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

Feb 5, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket between Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) and forward Lamar Stevens (8) during the third quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets injury update and lineup prediction

The Nuggets had started this season with a bang, but since then, their terrible defense has cost them some easy wins. If they fix that issue, they have enough offensive threats to dominate any team they play against.

They have the prowess of Nikola Jokic, who is averaging almost a triple-double this season. Just like Giannis has Middleton and Jrue, Jokic has Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. for support. However, Murray isn’t in his best form as of now, and is also questionable for the game against Bucks, along with Facundo Campazzo.

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With Gary Harris and PJ Dozier also ruled out, the predicted lineup would be Michael Porter Jr., Monte Morris, Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap, and JaMychal Green.

Feb 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) battle for a loose ball during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Game prediction

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With their lackluster defense and Murray also probable for the game, it won’t be easy for the Nuggets to hold off one of the best teams in the East. The Milwaukee Bucks are the clear favorites to win this matchup.

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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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