Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat Game 4 – Prediction, Injuries, and Lineups

Published 05/29/2021, 2:00 AM EDT
May 24, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Miami Heat forward Trevor Ariza (8) fouls Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) on his way to the basket in the third quarter during game two in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks face the Miami Heat in game four of their first-round playoff series.

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The Bucks have a chance to sweep the Heat and move into the next round. Furthermore, this series is also a chance to get a measure of revenge over the Heat for the humiliation the Heat dealt them last year.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has looked fantastic for the Bucks while his other teammates like Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton have stepped up.

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For the Miami Heat, they are in a dire situation right now. The Heat haven’t been swept in a first-round series since 2007.

Jimmy Buttler has struggled against the Bucks and their stifling defense. However, he did show signs of life in game three.

For the Miami Heat to be able to win against the Bucks, it can’t just be Butler stepping up. Several other stars like Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and Bam Adebayo have to step in and make a difference.

With that in mind, let us take a look at the Bucks facing off against the Heat.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat – Predictions

May 24, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against Miami Heat forward Trevor Ariza (8) and guard Duncan Robinson (55) in the first quarter during game 2 in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks have clearly been the superior team in this series. Barring game one, the Heat haven’t come close to being a threat to the Bucks.

Jimmy Butler has not been anything close to the player he was during last year’s playoffs. But it is the Bucks’ depth that gives them the benefit over the Heat. If Milwaukee come in with anything close to the form they’ve shown recently, they will be able to get the win again.

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Milwaukee Bucks – Team News

May 22, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots against Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler (22) and forward Duncan Robinson (55) during the third quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks have a few injury concerns heading into the game. Reigning MVP and DPOY Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as probable, as he continues to struggle with niggling injuries.

Donte DiVincenzo suffered a serious tendon injury and will now miss the rest of the playoffs. Lastly, Thanasis Antetokounmpo continues to remain out, as he suffered an injury a few weeks ago. The rest of the squad is available for selection.

Predicted Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Pat Connaughton, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

Miami Heat – Team News

May 22, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler (22), Miami Heat center Dewayne Dedmon (21), Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and center Brook Lopez (11) reach for a rebound during the second quarter during game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami heat only have one major injury. They lost Victor Oladipo earlier in the year, and he was ruled out for the rest of the season, including the playoffs. The rest of the team is available for selection.

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Predicted Lineup: Duncan Robinson, Goran Dragic, Jimmy Butler, Trevor Ariza, Bam Adebayo

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Who will win between the Heat and the Bucks? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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