Portland Trailblazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Injury Report, Starting 5s, Betting Odds, and Spreads- November 21 | 2022/23 NBA Regular Season

Can the Portland Trailblazers upset Giannis and the Milwaukee Bucks?
Can the Portland Trailblazers upset Giannis and the Milwaukee Bucks?

The matchup between the Portland Trailblazers and Milwaukee Bucks does lose a bit of its luster now that Damian Lillard injured his calf and will miss 1-2 weeks of action. How the Trailblazers stagger their starting lineup and their minutes is a bit of a mystery. We know that the Bucks have one of the best defenses in the NBA, and rarely will a team visit the Fiserv Forum and leave victorious. Jrue Holiday provided backcourt leadership against a Portland Trailblazers team searching for an identity without their on-court leaders. Do the Trailblazers have a shot against Milwaukee without Damian Lillard?

Portland Trailblazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Details

Fixture: Portland Trailblazers @ Milwaukee Bucks

Date and Time: Monday, November 21, 8:00 PM ET

Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Portland Trailblazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Injury Report

The major news to address for the Portland Trailblazers is the absence of Damian Lillard. Lillard suffered a calf strain that will reportedly set him back two weeks. The Trailblazers will miss their leader while he is on the shelf.

Damian Lillard was joined by Keon Johnson and Gary Payton II, both of whom have been ruled out once again.

Khris Middleton and Joe Ingles have been out all season long, and both remain without a definitive timeline for their return. The Bucks will be without Wesley Matthews as well.

The good news for the Bucks is that SF Pat Connaughton returns to the lineup to provide some additional firepower to the Bucks lineup.

Trailblazers vs. Bucks Injury Report

Damian LillardPortland TrailblazersCalfOut
Keon JohnsonPortland TrailblazersHipOut
Gary Payton IIPortland TrailblazersCore MuscleOut
Khris MiddletonMilwaukee BucksWristOut
Joe InglesMilwaukee BucksKneeOut
Wesley MatthewsMilwaukee BucksHamstringOut

Portland Trailblazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds & Spreads

Portland Trailblazers+9.5 (-105)O 214.5 (-110)+350
Milwaukee Bucks-9.5 (-115)U 214.5 (-110)-450

Portland vs. Milwaukee Starting 5s

Trailblazers - PG Shaedon Sharpe, SG Anfernee Simons, SF Josh Hart, PF Jerami Grant, C Jusuf Nurkic

Bucks - PG Jrue Holiday, SG Jevon Carter, SF Grayson Allen, PF Giannis Antetokounmpo, C Brook Lopez

Portland Trailblazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Prediction

The storyline to watch in this one is how the Portland Trailblazers deal with the absence of Damian Lillard. Lillard has been the face of the franchise for some time, and his absence looms large. The Trailblazers have more offensive firepower and balance to deal with the loss, but Lillard's leadership is immeasurable to the Trailblazers. The Bucks have been sensational all season and are particularly tough at home. Giannis has his way against a Trailblazers defense that has no answer for him. Milwaukee will win at home, but the Portland Trailblazers will show their grit and will keep this one close.

Prediction: Portland Trailblazers +9.5 (-105) (O/U 214.5, -110)

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Edited by Gaelin Leif