Will Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks – Predictions, Injury Updates, and Lineups

Published 05/04/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
May 2, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the fourth quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets face the Milwaukee Bucks once again after their Sunday night clash. The Bucks came away as the victors in that game thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo dropping 49. However, Kevin Durant also played excellent basketball, scoring 42 points himself. Kyrie Irving also had a strong game, scoring 20+ points once again. The upcoming game is big for the Nets if they want to secure their first seed in the East.

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For the Milwaukee Bucks, they’ve faced stiffer competition this year compared to the previous two. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been playing really well, but the Bucks are only the third seed in the East. The Bucks have still maintained good form. The new trio of Giannis, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday seems to be clicking, and they have shown that they can cause problems to teams in the East.

With that in mind, take a look at the Brooklyn Nets taking on the Milwaukee Bucks once again.

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Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks – Predictions

Jan 18, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) and Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) fight for a jump ball during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks will feel as though they have the momentum and the advantage coming into this game. However, their victory over the Nets was a narrow one, and they cannot take them lightly. Kevin Durant is finally clicking back into form and is looking as lethal as ever. Kyrie Irving has been one of the major highlights for the Nets this season. Expect Brooklyn to get one back over the Bucks.

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Mar 26, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) goes to the basket on Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) in the second half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The depth of the Nets has kept them from getting adversely affected by injuries. James Harden remains out without a timeline to return after a setback in his rehab. Chris Chiozza and Spencer Dinwiddie both have been ruled out for the rest of the season. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are fit and should be playing this big game against a conference rival.

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Jan 18, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) grabs a rebound against the Brooklyn Nets during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks don’t have too many injury concerns heading into the game. Alex Toupane and Jeff Teague will not play against the Nets owing to separate injuries. Bobby Portis is listed as probable and could feature in some small capacity in the game. However, the starting five is intact, and the Bucks will put out their strongest line-up possible.

Predicted Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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