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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (back) probable to play vs. Timberwolves

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks, Timberwolves

The Milwaukee Bucks are listing superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as probable to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Antetokounmpo still has some soreness in his back, but it looks like the Bucks star will play against the Timberwolves after returning to the lineup on Monday versus the Chicago Bulls.

Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled on Christmas against the Philadelphia 76ers. The reigning MVP shot 8-of-27 from the field and 0-of-7 from beyond the arc. The Bucks lost to the Sixers by 12 points. Giannis sat out the next two games against the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic.

Overall on the season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.3 points, 12.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists. The Bucks’ do-it-all swingman is shooting 55.5 percent from the floor, 32.7 percent from the 3-point line and 59.6 percent from the charity stripe.

Just like last season, the Bucks have the best record in the NBA. Milwaukee is 30-5.

Most pundits have Milwaukee and the Sixers meeting in the Eastern Conference Finals. That would be a fun seven-game series to watch, especially since Antetokounmpo and Sixers center Joel Embiid are two of the best players in the NBA.

Milwaukee will need point guard Eric Bledsoe and small forward Khris Middleton to play at a high-level once the playoffs start and be effective second and third options on offense behind Giannis to reach the Finals and ultimately win the championship.

The Bucks should easily defeat the Timberwolves on Wednesday. Minnesota is still playing without All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns.