Will Kristaps Porzingis Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Dallas Mavericks: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/15/2021, 2:30 PM EST
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 29: Kristaps Porzingis (6) of the Dallas Mavericks questions being called for charging Paul Millsap (4) of the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The Milwaukee Bucks take on the Dallas Mavericks in a cross-conference clash, and NBA Fridays can’t get any more exciting. Fans will witness the reigning MVP take on a player who’s touted to win the prestigious award in this season.

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Venue: Fiserv Forum

Time : 7:00 PM ET (January 15, 2021) 

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The Bucks and the Mavericks are off to good starts and are currently topping their respective divisions. Dallas hasn’t lost in four games, while Milwaukee is unbeaten in their last three. 

Milwaukee Bucks vs Dallas Mavericks: Injury Updates and Lineups

Bucks

The Bucks have been dominant in their recent games, and they’re only expected to get better as the season progresses. Khris Middleton is on a good scoring streak, which uplifts Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game as well.

As far as injuries are concerned, the Bucks haven’t been too troubled by them. They have two players listed as probable for Friday’s game against the Bucks, and one of them is Jrue Holiday. The 30-year-old is questionable due to a minor ankle sprain, but he hasn’t missed a game this season. 

Dec 18, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (6) and center Steven Adams (12) in the second half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Torrey Craig is the other probable player, who should return to action after missing nine games due to nasal surgery. 

Possible Lineup

Jrue Holiday (G)

Donte DiVincenzo (G)

Khris Middleton (F)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (F)

Brook Lopez (C) 

Mavericks

The Bucks have a fairly healthy lineup, but that’s not the case with the Mavericks. They have a handful of players who are sidelined for the Mavs game. 

The NBA’s health and safety protocols are set up to ensure a smooth completion to the season, but it has recently been taking a toll on the teams. 

The Dallas Mavericks will miss five players against the Bucks due to health reasons, and Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, and Jalen Brunson are the ones affected by it. 

Possible Lineup

Luka Doncic (G)

Trey Burke (G)

Tim Hardaway Jr. (F)

Kristaps Porzingis (F)

Willie Cauley-Stein (C) 

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Prediction

The Dallas Mavericks are the underdogs against the Bucks, and it is no secret. Kristaps Porzingis has just returned to the team, but he’s still on a minutes restriction. Hence, there is a possibility that Giannis and his men might put an end to their winning streak. 

Dec 17, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The two-time MVP has been powering the Bucks to back-to-back victories, and he’s once again proving to be an offensive dominator. Both teams are riding high on momentum, but we’re picking the Milwaukee Bucks to win this one, owing to the fact that Dallas has their starters sidelined. 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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