Will Blake Griffin Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Detroit Pistons: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/06/2021, 12:00 PM EST
Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives against Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (left) and center Mason Plumlee (24) at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Detroit Pistons as the two Eastern Conference teams battle again. The Bucks cruised to a 10 point win on Monday, despite a valiant effort from the Pistons.  They play at the Fiserv Forum at 8 pm EST tonight as the Pistons aim for revenge. Both teams have underperformed so far, with the Bucks 4-3 and the Pistons 1-6 after seven games each.

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Milwaukee Bucks expected lineup

The Bucks have a few injuries to their rotational players like Torrey Craig (Nose), Pat Connaughton (Groin), and Sam Merrill (Ankle) but their starters are fit.

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So they will have an unchanged lineup of Jrue Holiday and Donte DiVincenzo as the guards, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo as the forwards, and Brook Lopez as the center.

Dec 25, 2020; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during a NBA game at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons expected lineup

After sitting out of the previous game due to load management, Blake Griffin should be back for this game. He has been removed from the injury list as well. But Josh Jackson (Ankle) and Killian Hayes (Hip) remain doubtful. It is unlikely that they will play tonight.

So their lineup could have Delon Wright starting with Wayne Ellington as the guards, Jerami Grant and Blake Griffin as the forwards, and Mason Plumlee as the center.

Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) passes the ball as he is covered by New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin (1) during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Predictions

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The Bucks will be expected to repeat Monday’s performance tonight. The Pistons have been poor so far and somehow scrambled to a win against the Celtics. They have always been the second-best team otherwise, and tonight will be no different.

In their last game, Giannis exploded for 43 points, while shooting 17-24 from the field. He shot 2-6 from the three-point line too, proving that he is aiming to polish that area of his game. But this time he will have Griffin defending him. So he will have to work harder.

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The Bucks have been playing well, but switch off during games sometimes, which leads to a loss. They are the best three-point shooting team in the league currently, and their offense has been doing well so far. If they can stay consistent, they can eventually return to the top of the Eastern Conference, and fight for the #1 seed.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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