Will Jrue Holiday & Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 02/18/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Feb 16, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball away from Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) in the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks will aim for revenge tonight as they face the Toronto Raptors again. After losing to them on Tuesday, the Bucks host them at the Finserv Arena at 7:30 pm EST.

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The Bucks are on a four-game losing streak ever since Jrue Holiday has been out of action. There is no denying the quality of Holiday, however, their performances have been inexcusable. The Bucks will hope to end this streak tonight and build momentum to ascend in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Raptors broke their two-game losing streak in their previous encounter. After having a disastrous 1-6 start to the season, the Raptors have turned it around, and their current record is 13-15. They hold the seventh seed, but a tough upcoming schedule could halt their plans to go further on top.

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Milwaukee Bucks expected lineup

The Bucks have two players on their injury list in rookie Jordan Nwora and Jrue Holiday. Nwora is out for almost a month, while Holiday is listed as questionable. The Bucks desperately need him to return, and Bryn Forbes will continue to play in his absence.

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

Their lineup will feature Bryn Forbes and Donte DiVincenzo as their guards, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo as their forwards, and Brook Lopez as their center.

Toronto Raptors expected lineup

During their previous game against the Bucks, Kyle Lowry suffered an ankle injury and is questionable to return tonight. Yuta Watanabe is also questionable, while Patrick McCaw has been ruled out.

Feb 16, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Bryn Forbes (left) in the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

They could continue with their lineup of Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet as their guards, Norman Powell and OG Anunoby as their forwards, and Pascal Siakam as their center. If Lowry doesn’t return in time, they could abandon their small-ball lineup and insert Chris Boucher in the starting five.

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Predictions

The Bucks may have lost on Tuesday, but it is likely that they have a strong reaction tonight. They need Middleton to get going, and they need Giannis to step up as a closer. He has had impressive individual stats, but he needs to focus on getting wins for his team.

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A win tonight will help them to maintain pressure on the Nets and the 76ers above them, as they chase their third straight year as the number one team in the East.

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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.

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