The Brooklyn Nets will face the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the NBA Playoffs on Saturday night, bringing the most evenly contested battle of the 2021 NBA Playoffs to a close. The Nets have won each of the six previous games in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series, giving them a psychological advantage.
The Milwaukee Bucks won Game 6 as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton combined for 68 points. The duo became only the third team in NBA Playoffs history to score 30 points in an elimination game. Tonight, they’ll try to match that performance.
Kevin Durant’s future with the Brooklyn Nets is mainly in his hands. In this series, KD has averaging 33.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. With his playmaking, James Harden has had an impact on the game, but his hamstring is plainly not good enough for him to move and score well.
Milwaukee Bucks Injury Report
The Milwaukee Bucks are still without Donte DiVincenzo, who is the lone notable name missing. In a game against the Miami Heat, DiVincenzo tore a ligament in his left ankle and was ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs. Jordan Nwora is also out with a left thigh injury, but his absence will have no effect on the Bucks’ rotation.
Brooklyn Nets Injury Report
Kyrie Irving has been ruled out for the third straight game due to a right ankle strain. During Game 4, Irving landed on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s foot while attempting a shot, injuring him. Spencer Dinwiddie (partially torn ACL) is the only other Brooklyn Nets player who will miss the game.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Brooklyn Nets: Predicted Lineups
The Milwaukee Bucks’ starting lineup will remain the same as it has been throughout the series. Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton will start in the backcourt, with PJ Tucker returning to his role as Kevin Durant’s defender. Brook Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo will play closer to the hoop.
WE’RE BUILT FOR THIS. pic.twitter.com/6nq0GqbXSi
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) June 18, 2021
The Milwaukee Bucks have mostly depended on their starting five, with Pat Connaughton playing over 20 minutes in each of the last three games. Bryn Forbes will also have a few minutes to speak. During end-of-quarter possessions, Thanasis Antetokounmpo will continue to play.
Despite his inability to play at full strength, James Harden will start for the Brooklyn Nets and will most likely play more than 40 minutes. The backcourt will be completed by Joe Harris, who will play alongside Harden. The starting lineup will be completed by Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, and Blake Griffin.
That KD fadeaway. pic.twitter.com/hY4l9ciH2A
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) June 18, 2021
Landry Shamet’s scoring ability is also a plus for the Brooklyn Nets. Although Bruce Brown only played four minutes in Game 6, he has the ability to make critical plays on both sides of the court.
Point Guard – Jrue Holiday l Shooting Guard – Khris Middleton l Small Forward – PJ Tucker l Power Forward – Giannis Antetokounmpo l Center – Brook Lopez
Point Guard – James Harden l Shooting Guard – Joe Harris l Small Forward – Kevin Durant l Power Forward – Jeff Green l Center – Blake Griffin