The Milwaukee Bucks will be facing the Portland Trail Blazers tonight. Bucks fans will know Khris Middleton played an instrumental role in the team winning the 2021 NBA title. He was injured during the 2022 NBA playoffs. Therefore, it has fallen upon Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday to carry the team.
With that being said, we should wonder if he could potentially play against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. These are both two teams that have gotten off to a good start this NBA season. The Bucks have a record of 11 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, the Blazers currently hold a record of 10 wins and 6 losses.
Both these teams will be looking for a win to further improve their standings in their respective conferences. We should be aware of the injury status for players on both sides and expected rosters.
Khris Middleton is listed as out for the Milwaukee Bucks vs Portland Trail Blazers game tonight
Most of us remember when Middleton went down with an MCL tear during the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs. Despite having a full offseason, he is yet to return at full strength and play for the Bucks. He has currently been listed out due to issues with his wrist.
Milwaukee Bucks injury report
- Khris Middleton
- Joe Ingles
- Wesley Matthews
Milwaukee Bucks expected roster
- Giannis Antetokounmopo
- Jrue Holiday
- Bobby Portis
- Grayson Allen
- Brook Lopez
Portland Trail Blazers injury report
- Damian Lillard
- Keon Johnson
- Gary Payton II
Portland Trail Blazers expected roster
- Josh Hart
- Anfernee Simons
- Jerami Grant
- Justise Winslow
- Shaedon Sharpe
As we can tell, Damian Lillard is expected to miss this game. Therefore, the Trail Blazers will certainly be shorthanded in this match and the underdogs. Finally, let us take a look at the expert predictions for the Bucks- Blazers match tonight.
Giannis and the Bucks will be favored against the weakened Trail Blazers
Lillard’s injury seriously affects the chances of Portland maintaining their winning pace. Moreover, he has been diagnosed with a grade 1 calf strain and is to be reevaluated in a week or two. Therefore, Giannis and the Bucks will be the overwhelming favorites to win this match.