Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Memphis Grizzlies: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 03/04/2021, 12:00 PM EST
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


The Milwaukee Bucks aim to return to winning ways as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. They got thrashed by the Nuggets in their previous game, unlike the Grizzlies who are coming in with a two-game winning streak. It is the last game for both teams before they head into the All-Star break.

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Date & Time: March 4, 2021, 8:00pm ET
Venue: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

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Preview | Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks have been far from their best this season. After being the number one team in the league for two seasons in a row, they aren’t even the best team in their own conference now.
Jrue Holiday’s absence was a huge loss for the Bucks, who endured a struggling 5-5 run during that period. He has returned now, so that will be a big boost.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had a decent start to the season, but is now returning to his MVP form, and is averaging almost 30 points per game.
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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
Rookie Jordan Nwora is the only player on the injury list for the Bucks. He misses out because of an ankle injury.
Starting 5 for the Bucks
Guard – Jrue Holiday 
Guard – Donte DiVincenzo
Forward – Khris Middleton
Center – Brook Lopez

Preview | Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies haven’t been to the playoffs since 2018. They made it to the play-in tournament last season but lost to the Blazers. This season, they are again trying their best and are currently in the 10th spot. They are outdoing expectations and have got some big upset wins against the Clippers, Nets, and the 76ers.
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Feb 8, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Grayson Allen is out with a concussion and will stay on the sidelines until the All-Star break. But the big news is Jaren Jackson Jr returning to practice.
He had suffered a knee injury and could potentially return after the All-Star break. He is their second-best player so his return will improve their playoffs chances.
Starting 5 for the Grizzlies
Guard – Ja Morant
Guard  – Desmond Bane
Forward – Dillon Brooks
Forward – Brandon Clarke
Center – Jonas Valanciunas

Predictions | Bucks vs Grizzlies

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Despite the Grizzlies’ recent momentum, the Bucks will be the favorites tonight. Holiday vs Morant will be the most exciting matchup as the young offensive genius goes up against a seasoned defensive stalwart.
Holiday’s ability to put the clamps will heavily influence the result, but the ultimate impact on the win will come from Giannis.
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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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