Will James Harden & Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 4: Prediction, Injuries & Lineups

Published 06/13/2021, 8:24 AM EDT
Mar 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) dribbles in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets face off against the Milwaukee Bucks in game 4 of their second round series. This match-up is scheduled for 3:00 PM EST and will be held at the Fiserv Forum.

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After dominating the Bucks in the first two games, the Nets looked in prime position to complete a sweep against Milwaukee. But the high flying Nets fell flat in game three against the Bucks. With players like Joe Harris and Landry Shamet missing shots, the Nets depended on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving for their offense.

But some questionable defending from KD and Co. resulted in the Bucks eventually winning the game 86-83. While the Nets did fall of a cliff in game 3, Steve Nash will hope that his team can put can improve their shooting and take a crucial 3-1 lead in the series which will put the Nets in driver’s seat once again.

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The Bucks, meanwhile, made a much needed comeback after going down 2-0. Giannis and Co. certainly put on a show in game 3, and the duo of Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton stepped up in game 3.

Scoring a combined 68 points, the duo carried Bucks’ offense and ultimately to a comeback victory. If they want to tie the series, they will have to be solid defensively and Giannis and Co. have to be explosive in the offensive end.

Predictions

While the Nets did dominate in the first two games, they showed some cracks in the third game especially defensively. Given that it was only Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton who literally dominated the Nets, it is scary to imagine if the Bucks role players start clicking in all cylinders.

With Giannis and Co. having home court advantage, other players like Middleton also stepping up, the Bucks surely have an edge in this match-up.

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Nets have some major injury concerns ahead of game 4 against the Bucks. Guard Spencer Dinwiddie is sidelined for the rest of the season with a knee injury, while forward Jeff Green is out as he is recovering with a foot injury. The biggest blow for the Nets however is James Harden, who is still out due to hamstring tightness.

Jun 7, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forwards Kevin Durant (7) and Blake Griffin (2) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) try to grab a loose ball in the first 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

Mike James (G)

Kyrie Irving (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Kevin Durant (F)

Blake Griffin (C)

Milwaukee Bucks: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Bucks will miss some key players through injuries. Starting guard Donte DiVencenzo is out a foot injury. Forward Jordan Nwora is sidelined with a thigh injury while Sam Merrill is out with an ankle injury.

Jun 10, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) takes a shot against Brooklyn Nets forward Nicolas Claxton (33) in the first quarter during game three in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Jrue Holiday (G)

PJ Tucker (G)

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Khris Middleton (F)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (F)

Brook Lopez (C)

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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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