Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 02/10/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after scoring against the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks continue their Western Conference road trip tonight, as they face the Phoenix Suns. They will face off at the Phoenix Suns Arena in Arizona, at 10 pm EST.

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The Bucks are on an excellent run. They have won five games in a row and have a 16-8 record. Their last game was a win against the Nuggets, which was an impressive 13-point victory. They started the season slowly, but have picked up their pace, and are the second seed in the East currently.

Similarly, the Suns also come into this game in good form. They are on a three-game winning streak and have won six of their last seven games. Their stunning 14-9 record has lifted them to the fourth seed in the Western Conference. They wouldn’t have expected to be in this situation, but they will be keen to hold on to it.

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Milwaukee Bucks expected lineup

The Bucks just have one player on the injury list, but is a big absence. New arrival Jrue Holiday is out till next week because of COVID-19 protocol. He has missed just one game so far and has been vital to their success.

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

Without him, Bryn Forbes will start along with Donte DiVincenzo as their guards, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo will start as their forwards, while Brook Lopez will be their center.

Phoenix Suns expected lineup

The Suns have a few more injury worries than the Bucks. Dario Saric (ankle) and Cameron Payne (foot) are out for the game, while Chris Paul (hamstring) and Jae Crowder (foot) are questionable.

Feb 1, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) celebrates with forward Cameron Johnson (23) during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Paul could return to the lineup if he is fit. He will start alongside Devin Booker as their guards, Mikal Bridges and Frank Kaminsky will start as their forwards, while DeAndre Ayton starts as their center.

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Predictions

Despite the Suns’ form, the Bucks will be the favorites. If Paul is 100% fit, their chances of winning are boosted. It will be an intense matchup as the Bucks’ #1 offense faces the Suns’ #4 defense. It will be a close game, but Giannis and co should be able to pull away with a win. A win will help them to maintain pressure on the 76ers who currently hold the number one 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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