Milwaukee Bucks vs Memphis Grizzlies: Injury Report, Predicted Lineups and Starting 5s – October 5th, 2021 | NBA Preseason 2021-22
The defending champion Milwaukee Bucks will begin their preseason against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on Tuesday.
The Bucks look motivated to win the title again this season, having managed to retain the majority of their squad.
Milwaukee saw the exits of PJ Tucker and Bryn Forbes in the offseason. In terms of additions, they have signed George Hill, Grayson Allen, and Rodney Hood.
Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies have been active sellers this offseason. They have aimed to create financial flexibility in the future. They did it successfully by trading one of their best players from last season, Jonas Valanciunas.
The Grizzlies had acquired players like Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Beverley, and Rajon Rondo through other trades, but they quickly moved those contracts as well. It will be interesting to see how their transactions affect their performance going forward and if they can make the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Milwaukee Bucks injury report
The Milwaukee Bucks will not have multiple stars during their first preseason game. The Bucks have ruled out Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Donte DiVincenzo, Bobby Portis, Rodney Hood, and Semi Ojeleye for the game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Antetokounmpo is still recovering from the knee injury he suffered in the 2021 playoffs, while Middleton and Portis are dealing with hamstring injuries. Meanwhile, DiVincenzo is still recovering from a foot injury he sustained during the 2021 playoffs, and Ojeleye is out with a calf strain.
Memphis Grizzlies injury report
The Memphis Grizzlies will also have a lot of players out of the game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Dillon Brooks (thigh), Sean McDermott (knee), Sam Merrill (ankle), and Killian Tillie (back) are the four players who will not be in action Tuesday.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Memphis Grizzlies – Planned Lineups
The Milwaukee Bucks are likely to give all of their available players a few decent minutes in between.
Jrue Holiday and Pat Connaughton could start as guards, while Grayson Allen could appear on the frontcourt alongside Jordan Nwora and Brook Lopez.
Meanwhile, George Hill, Tremont Waters, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, and Sandro Mamukelashvili are likely to play important minutes off the bench.
The Memphis Grizzlies are likely to start Ja Morant and Tyus Jones in the backcourt, while forwards Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson Jr., and center Steven Adams will round out the rest of the lineup.
All reserves are expected to play in the rotation. Players like Desmond Bane, Ziaire Williams, Brandon Clarke, and Xavier Tillman Sr. are likely to play the most minutes off the bench.