Will Joel Embiid & Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 03/17/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts to his shot in front of Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


The team that is on a six-game winning streak currently, the Philadelphia 76ers, will play hosts to Milwaukee Bucks, who are themselves on a 4-game winning run in the blockbuster NBA clash. While the Sixers are currently topping the table in the East, their counterparts are not far behind either as they lie in third place.

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Date & Time: March 17, 2021, 6pm ET

Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

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Records: Sixers (28-12), Bucks (25-14)

Feb 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Team Giannis center Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots during the second quarter during the 2020 NBA All Star Game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers look like the team to beat, even without the presence of Joel Embiid. The Cameroonian big man hurt his left knee in the game against the Wizards and exited soon after.

Although the scans showed no damage to his ligaments and meniscus, he suffered a bone bruise. According to the reports, he will be re-evaluated in a week from now. So, he is set to stay on the sidelines for this clash.

However, in his absence, others have gleefully stepped up, especially Tobias Harris. He is taking the bulk of the scoring mantle, having scored 30 points in their 99-96 win against the Knicks. Also, Dwight Howard has been an able deputy off the bench and playing more minutes in Embiid’s absence.

With Ben Simmons holding the fort, the Sixers have won the last couple of games in Embiid’s absence.

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Starting 5 for the Philadelphia 76ers

Guard – Ben Simmons

Guard – Seth Curry

Center – Tony Bradley

Forward – Danny Green

Forward – Tobias Harris

Preview | Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are the most in-form team in the NBA right now; in their last 10 games, they hold a 9-1 winning record. Not only that, but their recent form has been aided by the return of Jrue Holiday.

The defensive metronome missed a chunk of games in February after contracting COVID. Since his return, they have won five of their last six games. They will look to continue that momentum with Giannis leading the pack.

Starting 5 for the Milwaukee Bucks

Guard – Donte DiVincenzo

Guard – Jrue Holiday

Center – Brook Lopez

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Forward – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Forward – Khris Middleton

Predictions | Sixers vs Bucks

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Because of Embiid’s absence, the Bucks go in as the favorites for this encounter. They will look to break the Sixers’ winning run and boost their bid to dethrone them from the top of the Eastern Conference Standings.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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