Will Kyrie Irving & Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 6: Prediction, Injuries & Lineups

Published 06/17/2021, 2:47 PM EDT
Jun 13, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) defends Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton (22) during the first quarter during game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks host the Brooklyn Nets in game 6 of their second round series. This match-up is scheduled for 8:30 PM EST and will be held at the Fiserv Forum.

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After giving away two poor losses against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets knew they had to win game 5 to regain control over their playoff series. But with Kyrie Irving out for game 5 and James Harden hobbling on the court, the Nets hoped that Kevin Durant could carry them.

The 2012 MVP certainly delivered. Scoring a whooping 49 points along with 17 rebounds, 10 assists and 2 blocks, KD put on an all-round masterclass and led the Nets to a 114-108 victory. Coach Steve Nash and Co. will hope that his superstars carry on their electrifying form and lead the team in Kyrie’s absence.

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The Bucks meanwhile were heavy favorites to win game 5. Given the injury woes to the Nets, Giannis and Co. started the game in red-hot form. Leading the game by 16 points at the end of the first half, the Bucks looked in prime position to win the game and take a 3-2 lead in the series.

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But the Bucks went into a terrible meltdown in the second half. Despite having elite defenders, Milwaukee did not have a single answer for Kevin Durant who scored 31 points in the second half itself. This was certainly Bucks’ game to lose and given that they are in the brink of an elimination, there is certainly immense pressure on Giannis and Co. Can the Bucks level up the series.

Predictions

The Brooklyn Nets might have won game 5 but the injury bug has certainly been relentless for the Nets. Given that the Bucks are playing at their home arena and given that Harden isn’t 100% and Kyrie Irving is sidelined with an injury, Giannis and Co. surely have an edge in this matchup.

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Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Nets will be missing two key players through injury concerns. Guard Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. The biggest blow for the Nets however is Kyrie Irving who is likely out for the rest of the second round series with an ankle injury.

Jun 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after being fouled late during the fourth quarter of game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

James Harden (G)

Joe Harris (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Kevin Durant (F)

Blake Griffin (C)

Milwaukee Bucks: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Bucks will miss a couple of players through injuries. Donte DiVencenzo is sidelined for the rest of the playoffs due to a foot injury. Jordan Nwora is out with a thigh injury.

Jun 13, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts following a basket during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets during game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Jrue Holiday (G)

PJ Tucker (G)

Khris Middleton (F)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (F)

Brook Lopez (C)

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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