Will Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Los Angeles Clippers: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 02/28/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Jan 15, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) high fives guard-forward Nicolas Batum (33) after a play against the Sacramento Kings during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Both the Bucks and the Clippers come into this mouthwatering clash with a relative injury-free roster and some form behind them. While the Milwaukee Bucks will be looking to keep the pressure on the Philadelphia 76ers for the top spot in the East, the Los Angeles Clippers will be looking to solidify their stronghold on the second place in the Western Conference Table.

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Date & Time: February 28, 2021, 3:30pm ET

Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee

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Record: Bucks (20-13), Clippers (24-11)

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

Preview | Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are riding high with a four-game winning streak, though the bigger positive for them would be the potential return of star guard Jrue Holiday. The defensive metronome has had to miss the last 10 games because of the league’s health and safety protocols.

But Jrue is poised to make his return against the Clippers. In his absence, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been almost single-handedly carrying a team that is lacking physical presence; but now, the sky is looking much brighter in Milwaukee.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s last 3 games:

37.7 PPG
12.0 RPG
5.3 APG
1.0 SPG
1.0 BPG
56% FG
40% 3PT
79% FT

Milwaukee 3-0 🔥 pic.twitter.com/MS9ZG39MYB

— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) February 27, 2021

Starting 5 for the Milwaukee Bucks

Guard – Donte DiVincenzo

Guard – Jrue Holiday

Center – Brook Lopez

Forward – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Forward – Khris Middleton

Preview | Los Angeles Clippers

Kawhi Leonard & Co. have been one of the best defensive teams in the league this season but have struggled to consistently get going on the offensive end. However, they did show some flashes in their 119-99 win against the Grizzlies.

Leonard recorded 30 points while Lou Williams contributed 17 points off the bench. Another bonus for them was that every starter had a double-digit points tally which further highlights their free-flowing triangle offense system, which is getting everyone involved on the ball.

Jan 29, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; LA Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrate a basket to end the third quarter against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for the Los Angeles Clippers

Guard – Patrick Beverley

Guard – Paul George

Center – Serge Ibaka

Forward – Kawhi Leonard

Forward – Nicolas Batum

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Predictions | Bucks vs Clippers

The Bucks will arrive into this contest as the slight favorites over the Clippers, having been boosted by the return of Jrue Holiday and their recent upturn in form

However, one can never underestimate the giant-killing prowess of the Clippers. After all, they are one of the few teams to have gotten the better of the mighty Jazz this season.

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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. When he's not following Formula One or NBA, Bharat also enjoys tennis and MMA.

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