Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers: Game Predictions, Injury Updates and Lineup

Published 04/22/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The team that was on the top of the Eastern Conference last season is entering into a two-game mini-series with the team that is on top on this East this season. The Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks are two elite teams in the league, but are both meeting after two straight losses. Both of them desperately need to get back to their winning ways and this will be their shot.

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While the 76ers stand at the top with a 49-19 record, the Bucks are third with a 35-22 record. The gap for the Bucks to cover before they can be anywhere near the Sixers is unbelievable. However, these two victories will be vital for them to get closer. Let’s have a look at what the first game has in store for us.

Philadelphia 76ers injury report and lineup prediction

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The Philadelphia 76ers have been lucky enough to hold on to the top seed despite losing back-to-back games. And the reason for their slip up seems to be the reason for any team slacking off this season, injuries.

Without Ben Simmons‘ defensive prowess, the 76ers have been struggling. He has been absent from the lineup for the past two games and is doubtful for this one too. Along with him, Seth Curry and Tobias Harris might also be out. Harris is still recovering from a hip injury.

This leaves the 76ers in the hands of Joel Embiid, who has been a force to reckon with this season. Although they lost to the Phoenix Suns in the last game, he put up a whopping 38 points and 17 rebounds. He deserves much of the credit for their success this season and why he is in the running for MVP.

Danny Green is another player who has taken over the scoring load as well.

Apr 9, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Joel Embiid (21) is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans center Steven Adams (12) in the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Thus, the predicted lineup would be Shake Milton, Danny Green, Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle, and Furkan Korkmaz.

Milwaukee Bucks injury report and lineup prediction

The Milwaukee Bucks might have a healthy lineup and don’t have injured players like other teams, but they have bigger on-court problems at hand. Their defense hasn’t been the best, which is taking a toll on them.

The Bucks’ last matchup was also against the Suns and were also on the losing end with a 128-127 score. Unfortunately, their star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo left mid-game because of a leg cramp. He has had some struggles with staying healthy but with no serious update yet; it seems like Giannis will be present for this matchup.

Apr 19, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is attended to after being injured during overtime against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Apart from him, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have taken up a huge chunk of the scoring load on themselves, while also managing on the defensive end of the floor.

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So, the predicted lineup would be Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, and Donte DiVincenzo.

Game prediction

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Although the two teams are going to make this an intense affair, the Bucks’ big three won’t be a piece of cake for Philly to handle. That too without Simmons. Expect Milwaukee to escape with a close win.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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