Will Jimmy Butler Play Tonight? Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks: Predictions, Starting Lineup & Injury Report

Published 12/29/2020, 2:30 PM EST
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) pressures Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) during the second half of game two of the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat take on the Milwaukee Bucks in what promises to be a spicy affair. These two giants of the East clash on the night of December 29, 2200 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.


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The Bucks will be out for revenge from their 5-game 2020 Playoffs exit that the Heat handed to them in the semis. The Heat may have to face their wrath without their leader Jimmy Butler. He exited at half-time in their win against the Pelicans because of ankle stiffness.

Jimmy is only listed as questionable for the encounter. Since these two will face off again in a back-to-back, Erik Spoelstra may choose to rest Jimmy, and unleash him in the 2nd leg. So how will the team line up?


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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after a play against the Miami Heat during the first half of game four of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks: Predicted starting 5

Point Guard – Donte DiVincenzo

Shooting Guard – Jrue Holiday

Center – Brook Lopez

Power Forward – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Small Forward – Khris Middleton

The team from Wisconsin has more or less a settled 5. They are already reaping the rich rewards of trading for Holiday from the Pelicans. Their ball distribution and overall defense is having noticeable improvements. After losing a close game against the Celtics, they are on a roll with 2 wins in 2. They will look to continue with that momentum.

Player to watch out for – Giannis Antetokounmpo

The ‘Greek Freek’ will take to the court with extra motivation. His ability or rather the inability on jump shots is under scrutiny. And he will look to banish the demons from their playoff exit.

Miami Heat – Predicted Starting 5

MIAMI, FLORIDA – MARCH 02: Jimmy Butler #22, Goran Dragic #7 and Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat look on against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at American Airlines Arena on March 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Point Guard – Goran Dragic

Shooting Guard – Tyler Herro

Center – Meyers Leonard

Power Forward –Bam Adebayo

Small Forward – Duncan Robinson

With Butler out, Robinson could move to the frontcourt to accommodate Dragic in the lineup.

Player to watch out for – Goran Dragic

The Slovenian dragon was in imperious form against the Pelicans. And as he showed in the Playoffs, he could step up in the big moments. His wealth of experience will be key in negating the threat of Giannis & Co.


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Admittedly, the Milwaukee Bucks look in pole position to claim their revenge victory. Without having to deal with Jimmy Butler, they can run rampant on this young Heat team.


Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.