Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks will be hosting Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series matchup. As fans will be aware, the Bucks finished this NBA season with the best record in the entire league with 58 wins and 24 losses.
On the other hand, Miami barely managed to make it into the NBA playoffs and got in as the 8th seed. This meant that both teams, who have built a rivalry over the years, would face off once more in the 2022-2023 NBA Playoffs.
As both these teams get ready to play a pivotal Game 5, fans should certainly be interested in finding out the injury reports and expected rosters for this game. After all, that will aid in the formation of an expert prediction for this match.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as probable for Game 5 of Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat
Unfortunately for Bucks fans, Giannis doesn’t look completely healthy for this game against the Heat. He went down with a lower back injury after a hard fall in Game 1 and missed the next few games of the series. This was quite a devastating blow for the team and greatly reduced their chances of winning the series.
Losing Giannis has certainly hurt the Bucks’ odds of winning this series. However, this injury doesn’t appear to be very severe as he made a return for Game 4, albeit in a loss to the Heat. Since he has already come back for Game 4, we expect him to play tonight against the Heat. With that being said, here are the complete injury reports and expected rosters for this game.
Milwaukee Bucks injury report
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (probable)
Milwaukee Bucks expected roster
- Jrue Holiday
- Khris Middleton’
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Bobby Portis
- Brook Lopez
Miami Heat injury report
- Tyler Herro (out)
- Victor Oladipo (out)
- Bam Adebayo (probable)
Miami Heat expected roster
- Kyle Lowry
- Max Struss
- Gabe Vincent
- Jimmy Butler
- Bam Adebayo
As we can tell from the injury reports, several Heat stars don’t look completely healthy for this game. On the other hand, Giannis is the only player with a lingering injury for the Bucks. Now, let us take a look at the expert predicitions for this game.
The Bucks are favored to win Game 5 over the Heat
One could argue that Giannis’ injury cost the Bucks their championship hopes. Despite his return in Game 4, Jimmy Butler put up an epic performance and scored 56 points in order to carry his team to a win at home. By doing so, he has put Miami in a situation to win this series with a 3-1 lead.
Although that might prove too difficult to come back from, the Bucks will still be expected to win Game 5 at home. After all, the Heat don’t look completely healthy and will be certainly missing one of their best offensive players Tyler Herro. Therefore, Milwaukee will be favored to take Game 5 and extend this series by another game.