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Giannis Antetokounmpo available to play Friday vs. Nets

The Bucks All-Star will be back in the lineup against Brooklyn.

Detroit Pistons v Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to an officials call during the first half of a game against the Detroit Pistons at Fiserv Forum on January 03, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Update, Jan. 7 — Giannis will be available to play in tonight’s game vs. the Nets.

Update, Jan. 7 — Giannis is being listed as probable to play in Friday night’s game vs. the Brooklyn Nets. He missed Wednesday’s contest due to a non-COVID related illness. The Bucks did place Jrue Holiday onto the COVID list on Thursday and he’s not going to play against the Nets.

The Milwaukee Bucks will be without Giannis Antetokounmpo in Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors due to the power forward having an illness. At the moment, it seems as though this is a non-COVID issue for Antetokounmpo.

Even with Antetokounmpo out, the Bucks will be heavy favorites against the Raptors with Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday still in the mix. The line will shift a bit towards Toronto but bettors should be good to stick with the Bucks on moneyline plays. Milwaukee has played shorthanded in a lot of games this season and usually finds a way to get the job done.

The Bucks did have issues earlier in the season where Middleton was ruled out with a non-COVID illness before eventually being ruled out with the virus. Antetokounmpo has already been in the league’s health and safety protocols this season and could find himself there again if the Bucks eventually do find out he does have COVID-19.