Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 03/22/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Mar 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson (3) during the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks face the Indiana Pacers in an Eastern Conference game tonight. Both teams enter the game with momentum after winning their last few games. This is their second encounter of the season after the Bucks thumped the Pacers by 20 points in their first matchup.


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Date & Time: March 22, 2021, 9:00pm ET

Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Preview | Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks have been dominant for about a month now. After a five-game losing streak, the Bucks arrested their slump with a complete turnaround. Since February 19, they have lost just once and have won 11 games. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s return to MVP form has been one of the reasons for this return to form, and he will be key for them tonight as well.

New arrivals Rodions Kurucs (oblique) and Axel Toupane (personal) are both listed as questionable for the game, and both are yet to make their debut for the Bucks. Giannis (knee) is also listed as questionable but is likely to return in time for the game.

Feb 3, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) celebrates with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) against the Indiana Pacers at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for the Bucks

Guard – Jrue Holiday 

Guard – Donte DiVincenzo

Forward – Khris Middleton 

Forward – Giannis Antetokounmpo 

Center – Brook Lopez

Preview | Indiana Pacers

The Pacers had a bright start to their season but have cooled down lately. Their inconsistencies have held them back, and that is the reason behind their 19-22 record. They won their last two games, which came against the Heat, which was a surprise. In their previous 10 games, they had won just twice, so fans will be happy with the recent results.

Sophomore Jalen Lecque (ankle) is listed as questionable for the game, while bubble star T. J. Warren (foot) is likely to spend a few more weeks on the sidelines.

Mar 15, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren with center Myles Turner (33) and guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) and guard Caris LeVert (22) and forward Domantas Sabonis (11) and guard Aaron Holiday (3) during a timeout in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for the Pacers

Guard – Malcolm Brogdon

Guard – Caris LeVert

Forward – Justin Holiday

Forward – Domantas Sabonis 

Center – Myles Turner


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Predictions | Bucks vs Pacers

Although the Pacers have looked promising in their last two games, the Bucks are also coming into this game with momentum, and that makes them the favorites to win the game. The Pacers will have an uphill task at hand in beating the Bucks. Antetokounmpo vs Sabonis is going to be the most crucial and fun battle of the game, and that could decide the result.


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Aaron Mathew

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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.