Giannis Antetokounmpo Injury Update: When Will Bucks Star Return?

Written By Matt Burke on July 6, 2021

The NBA’s run of bad injury luck this postseason regarding the top players in the game continued in the Milwaukee Bucks versus Atlanta Hawks series with both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Trae Young going down. Giannis did not play in Games 5 and 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The NBA Finals will start on Tuesday night as the Bucks will face the Phoenix Suns. Here we will provide information on “when will Giannis be back” as well as provide NBA Finals betting odds and individual player futures.

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When will Giannis be back?

Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo will play Tuesday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo is being closely monitored by NBA bettors and Bucks fans. As for when will Giannis be back and return to the floor for the Bucks, we will provide a speculative timetable below as we sort through the latest information regarding the Greek Freak’s left knee.

There was some positive news on the Giannis front Tuesday afternoon as the Bucks star was upgraded to “questionable” for Game 1 against Phoenix. He had been listed as “doubtful” earlier in the day.

This past weekend, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer described Giannis’ status heading into the Finals as “day-to-day.”

Milwaukee-based orthopedic surgeon Mark Wichman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week that the typical recovery time for a minor hyperextended knee is 10-14 days. painted a more grim outlook for Bucks fans and Milwaukee futures bettors, stating that a “mild to moderate” hyperextended knee has a recovery time of 2 to 4 weeks.

Here is a speculative timetable for when Giannis could potentially return, including potential dates for NBA Finals games.

  • Game 1 NBA Finals: Tuesday, July 6 – 7 days
  • Game 2 NBA Finals: Thursday, July 8 – 9 days
  • Game 3 NBA Finals: Sunday, July 11 – 12 days
  • Game 4 NBA Finals: Wednesday, July 14 – 15 days
  • Game 5 NBA Finals: Saturday, July 17 – 18 days
  • Game 6 NBA Finals: Tuesday, July 20 – 21 days (3 weeks)
  • Game 7 NBA Finals: Thursday, July 22 – 23 days

Based on Wichman’s best case scenario, it looks like Game 3 of the NBA Finals is the soonest we could see Giannis back on the court for the Bucks. The Finals schedule does work out well for the Bucks considering there are two full days in between Games 2 and 3, Games 3 and 4, Games 4 and 5 and Games 5 and 6. In previous rounds, there was typically only 1 full day off in between games. This will obviously give Giannis more time to heal.

Despite all the uncertainty, Giannis still has the third lowest odds to win NBA Finals MVP at DraftKings Sportsbook as of July 4. Giannis is +380. Only Chris Paul at +180 and Devin Booker at +250 have lower odds.

Suns vs. Bucks lines

It is not yet known if Giannis will play in Game 1 of the Finals against the Bucks. News of him officially sitting or playing with obviously move the line one way or another. Keep updated on line changes below and click on the live lines to bet now.

Game 1: Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns (9 p.m. ET)

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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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