Will Kevin Durant & Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 1: Prediction, Injuries, & Lineups

Published 06/05/2021, 3:42 PM 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 off against the Milwaukee Bucks in arguably the most awaited match-up in the second round of the Playoffs. Their first game is scheduled to be held at 9:00 PM EST at the Barclays Arena.

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Despite having their big three of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving playing a handful of games in the regular season, the Nets big three seemed pretty comfortable against the Celtics.

With Durant and Irving taking control of the scoring end, Harden facilitated in the offensive end. The Nets look unstoppable in the offensive end but considering how injury ridden the Celtics were, the Milwaukee Bucks will be the real challenge for the Nets in the Playoffs.

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Given the lack of quality centers in their side, the Nets will hope that they the Greek Freak takes ill advised shots and misses. Can the Nets contain Giannis and take a 1-0 lead in the series?

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) stands next to head coach Steve Nash after exiting a game against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks, meanwhile, made a statement in their first round of the Playoffs. Playing against the Miami Heat, the Bucks decimated the defending Eastern Conference champions as they swept them.

They might not have added any big superstar but Jrue Holiday, PJ Tucker and Bobby Portis are solid signings in the defensive end.

This Bucks side, on paper, looks well matched against the Nets. While they have had success in the regular season against the Nets, they haven’t played against the big three. Can the new additions like Holiday, Tucker and Portis, limit Harden, Durant and Irving?

Predictions

The Brooklyn Nets are looking unstoppable right now. With Harden, Durant and Irving looking dominating in the offensive end, the Nets are in fire right now.

While the Bucks are well matched on paper, the Milwaukee Bucks might have their hands full against the Nets. Given that they have home court advantage, the Nets have a very slight edge over the Bucks in this match-up.

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Nets will be missing three players to injuries. Guard Spencer Dinwiddie is out with a knee injury, while utility forward Jeff Green is also out with a foot injury.

Alize Johnson is also sidelined with an ankle injury. Winning Game 1 will certainly set the pace for the Nets in this crucial series against the Bucks.

May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) and Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) react during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

James Harden (G)

Kyrie Irving (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Kevin Durant (F)

Blake Griffin (C)

Milwaukee Bucks: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Bucks have some minor injury concerns. Forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo is sidelined with a knee injury and is out indefinitely. Their biggest miss might be their guard Donte DiVencenzo is out for the rest of the Playoffs with a foot injury.

May 22, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) tries to knock the ball away from Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler (22) during the fourth quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks have to win steal at least a game away from the Nets away from home. If they win their first game in this series, Milwaukee will look to make a statement against the big three of the Nets.

Probable Lineup

Jrue Holiday (G)

Bryn Forbes (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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