Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are on the verge of clinching the second-seed in the Eastern Conference. They can get one step closer to achieving this goal on Tuesday night when they take on the Washington Wizards, who have won just 14 games all season. This seems like a very easy game for the Bucks to claim win No. 48, but Damian Lillard has already been ruled out due to a groin injury. To make matters worse, both Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton also find themselves on the injury report.

Although they own one of the best records in the league, the Bucks have looked vulnerable at times this year, especially when it comes to their defense. As a result, Milwaukee has won just six of its last 12 games. If they are not careful, the Bucks could wind up surrendering their spot in the standings.

With Antetokounmpo and Middleton on the injury report, the Bucks may wind up being short-handed against Washington on Tuesday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton injury updates vs. Wizards

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Center.
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While listed on the injury report, the Bucks don't have much to worry about regarding Giannis and Middleton. Antetokounmpo, who is back on the injury report for an ongoing hamstring issue, was listed as probable. It is worth mentioning that he has played in each of the team's last five games.

In Middleton's case, he found himself also listed as probable to play against the Wizards with a left ankle sprain. The 32-year-old wing has played in each of the team's last four games.

According to head coach Doc Rivers, however, both players are expected to play against the Wizards, per Eric Nehm of The Athletic.

The Bucks are facing a back-to-back scenario, as they will face the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night following their game on Tuesday against the Wizards. With that said, it wouldn't have been a surprise had Milwaukee opted to rest one of them.

Antetokounmpo has put together yet another MVP-like season, averaging 30.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game while shooting 61.4 percent from the floor over the course of 69 total games. The two-time MVP currently ranks fourth on ClutchPoints' MVP rankings with less than two weeks remaining in the season.

In the event that Giannis is limited in minutes against the Wizards on Tuesday, however, Bobby Portis would be the main beneficiary of seeing his minutes and role increase. Portis finds himself in the running for Sixth Man of the Year once again after finishing third in the voting for the award last season. Should Middleton be limited as well, then the Bucks will rely on Pat Connaughton and Jae Crowder to step up on the wing. With Lillard out, the Bucks will already be leaning on veteran guard Patrick Beverley, who is playing through a right wrist injury.

A win over the Wizards would keep the Bucks at least 2.5 games above the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference standings, with seven games remaining on Milwaukee's schedule. If the Cavs were to lose on the road against the Utah Jazz and the Bucks defeat the Wizards, they would move 3.5 games ahead of Cleveland for the 2-seed in the conference.

As for the question if Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are playing against the Wizards, the answer is YES!