Starting with tonight’s key matchup against the Utah Jazz, the Milwaukee Bucks are kicking off a four-game road trip out West. Before the matchup, let us break down the latest injury reports on both sides to see who’s in and who’s out of each team’s respective lineups.
Is Khris Middleton playing tonight? Breaking down Bucks’ injury report
On Thursday’s injury report, the only Bucks listed as out were Jae Crowder, Meyers Leonard, and Goran Dragic. However, as of 12:30 p.m. CST on Friday, Khris Middleton has joined the bunch due to right knee injury management.
With the Bucks on the first night of a back-to-back, as they are set to take on the Denver Nuggets tomorrow, it is no surprise that Middleton was ruled out. The forward’s availability in these games with no rest has been limited over the course of the season due to his knee soreness, so it is quite understandable that he is out. He will likely be back on the floor against Denver on Satuday as the Bucks manage his overall workload carefully.
As for the other three players, they are all dealing with issues regarding their left legs. Crowder and Leonard are both dealing with left calf soreness, while Draigc is dealing with soreness in his left knee. Coach Budenholzer recently said that the team hopes Crowder’s soreness is short term and that the veteran is progressing well. Things are more uncertain surrounding Leonard, who was recently signed to a deal for the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, Dragic has yet to play in a Bucks uniform, and the team will likely be cautious with his lingering soreness.
On Utah’s side of things, they are set to be without Jordan Clarkson, Rudy Gay, Lauri Markkanen, and Collin Sexton, while Johnny Juzang is questionable. That means the Jazz will be without a few key pieces in this matchup.
The Bucks will look to remain focused and keep their foot on the gas in their pursuit of the top seed in the NBA’s Eastern Confernece.
Be sure to tune into the action between the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz at 8:00 p.m. CST.