Will Jrue Holiday & Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Denver Nuggets: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 03/02/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Jan 15, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with guard Jrue Holiday (21) against the Dallas Mavericks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks will continue to build on their five-game winning streak when they host Denver Nuggets tonight. While the Bucks are chasing first place in the NBA Eastern Conference Table, the Nuggets will be looking to strengthen their playoff contention as they lie in seventh in the West.


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Date & Time: March 2, 2021, 9pm ET

Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee


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Record: Bucks (21-13), Nuggets (19-15)

Feb 12, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) reacts back to the referees in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are the most in-form team of the NBA currently. Their come from behind 105-100 victory over the Clippers was morale-boosting for a variety of reasons.

First, they outscored the Clippers nine to nil in the last four minutes of the game. Second, Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a clutch shot, courtesy of a wonderful set up by the coach. And last, Jrue Holiday made his much-awaited return to court after missing the last three weeks because of COVID.

He began the game from the bench as he was under a strict minutes restriction. That is not likely to change in this game too, as the Bucks will exercise caution. Giannis recorded 36 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocks against LA, and he will be their key player once again.

Starting 5 for the Milwaukee Bucks

Guard – Donte DiVincenzo

Guard – DJ Augustin

Center – Brook Lopez

Forward – Khris Middleton

Forward – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Preview | Denver Nuggets

Although the Nuggets play twice in two days on the road, they are showcasing good form and fitness on the court. They have won back-to-back games against the Thunder and the Bulls.

And that has been down to Nikola Jokic, as has been the case all season. He was his monstrous MVP self against the Bulls as he recorded a near triple-double (39 points, 14 rebounds, and 9 assists). Once again, he has to play well for the Nuggets to have a sniff against the mighty Bucks.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is what we like to call an MVP PERFORMANCE 🃏

39 PTS
14 REB
9 AST #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/G6GHrviS5I

— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) March 2, 2021

Starting 5 for the Denver Nuggets

Guard – Monte Morris

Guard – Jamal Murray

Center – Nikola Jokic

Forward – Michael Porter Jr.


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Forward – Will Barton

Predictions | Bucks vs Nuggets

It won’t be a stretch to label the hosts as the favorites for this NBA clash. However, it could yet be anyone’s game, as the result will heavily depend on the Jokic-Giannis matchup. The individual winner will most likely lead their team to victory tonight.


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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.