Will James Harden & Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 3: Prediction, Injuries & Lineups

Published 06/10/2021, 9:21 AM EDT
Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) during the third quarter of game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks host the Brooklyn Nets for game 3 of the second round of the Playoffs. This game is scheduled to take place at 7:30 PM EST and will be played in the Fiserv Arena.

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The Brooklyn Nets have clearly been the far more superior team in this playoff series. While they were well matched with the Bucks. having some quality defenders, the Nets have simply been unstoppable in the series.

While their offense has pretty been consistent so far, they have been phenomenal in the defensive end as well. With players like Blake Griffin stepping up, the Nets have put the clamps on Bucks talisman Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Their role players like Joe Harris and Mike James have also been exceptional so far and have replaced the offensive output of James Harden. With ‘the Beard’ listed out, the Nets will hope that their role players can continue to perform alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

The Milwaukee Bucks, on the other hand, were expected to make a massive comeback in game 2. With Harden out, the Bucks became instant favorites to tie the series. But Giannis and Co. had a dreadful performance against the Nets.

Giannis looked pretty passive, and other players like Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday did not step up. The Bucks ultimately had an embarrassing 39 point loss with a scoreline of 125-86. If the Bucks don’t win game 3, we might be seeing the Nets sweeping Giannis & Co. Can the Milwaukee Bucks make a comeback?

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Nets will be missing three key players due to injuries. Guard Spencer Dinwiddie is out with a knee injury, while forward Jeff Green is sidelined with a foot injury. The worst blow for the Nets is James Harden, who is recovering from hamstring tightness.

Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Blake Griffin (2) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis (9) as Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) looks on during the first quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Mike James (G)

Kyrie Irving (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Kevin Durant (F)

Blake Griffin (C)

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Milwaukee Bucks: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Bucks will miss some key players through injuries. Starting guard Donte DiVencenzo has been sidelined for the rest of the Playoffs as he recovers from a foot injury. Forward Jordan Nwora is out with a thigh injury.

Jun 7, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Bruce Brown (1) jumps over Milwaukee Bucks forwards P.J. Tucker (17) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) to grab a rebound in the third quarter during game two in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Jrue Holiday (G)

PJ Tucker (G)

Khris Middleton (F)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (F)

Brook Lopez (C)

Who will win between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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