Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play? Milwaukee Bucks vs New Orleans Pelicans: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Predictions

Published 01/29/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Jan 15, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with guard Jrue Holiday (21) against the Dallas Mavericks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks continue their road trip as they travel to Louisiana to face the New Orleans Pelicans. The two teams clash at the Smoothie King Center at 7:30 pm EST tonight.

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The Bucks lost two consecutive games against contenders Lakers and Nets. But they picked up their form after beating the Hawks and the Raptors in their last two games. New arrival Jrue Holiday has settled well into the team and looks like a promising third star.

The Pelicans started the season 4-2, but since then they have won just twice in 10 games. They beat fellow strugglers, Wizards, in their last game, and that could spark a potential winning run for them. Except for Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, the rest of the team hasn’t performed well so far.

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Milwaukee Bucks expected lineup

The Bucks come into the game with zero injuries. Except for Giannis Antetokounmpo who missed one game, the other four starters haven’t missed a game yet. But with their fully fit squad, they will continue with an unchanged lineup.

Jan 9, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) celebrates with guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

They will start with Jrue Holiday and Donte DiVincenzo as their guards, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo as their forwards, while Brook Lopez starts as the center.

New Orleans Pelicans expected lineup

During their last game against the Wizards, Lonzo Ball left the game at half-time. He injured his ankle and is listed as questionable, but is likely to return in time. But the rest of the team is fit for the game.

Jan 21, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots against Utah Jazz forward Georges Niang (31) and center Rudy Gobert (27) in the fourth quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The Pelicans’ lineup will feature Lonzo Ball and Eric Bledsoe as the guards, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson as the forwards, and Steven Adams as the center.

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Predictions

The #2 seed Bucks should be able to extend their winning run tonight. They will be expected to trample the struggling Pelicans and come away with a comfortable win. The Pelicans have been lackluster and have struggled against big teams. So it is unlikely that they will pose a threat.

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A win would help the Bucks hold on to their #2 spot and maintain pressure on the #1 seed 76ers. They haven’t played their best yet, and a win will help them gain momentum as they head out on the road once again to face the Hornets tomorrow.

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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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