MRI results revealed that there is no structural damage to Giannis Antetoounmpo’s left knee.
Antetokounmpo hyperextended his left knee in Game 4 of the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night.
The Bucks’ odds to win the East have shortened to -122 while their odds to win the NBA title have dropped to +275.
The Milwaukee Bucks may have dodged a potentially fatal bullet on Wednesday morning.
Giannis Antetokounmpo does not have serious damage on his left knee. Additional imaging on the knee on Wednesday revealed that the ligaments are intact and that there is no structural damage. That’s good news but is also isn’t a guarantee that he will be back in Game 5.
No Structural Damage
Giannis has no structural damage to his left knee, per @wojespn, @ZachLowe_NBA
His timetable for return is currently unclear pic.twitter.com/RbBDizhaDt
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 30, 2021
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the MRI revealed that there is no structural damage to Antetokounmpo’s left knee. The Greek Freak appeared to have hyperextended his knee while trying to break up an alley-oop play in the third quarter of Game 4 of the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night.
Giannis appears to have injured his leg.
Prayers up 🙏 pic.twitter.com/cHZXCIsBEd
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 30, 2021
Antetokounmpo immediately went down and grabbed his left knee while grimacing in obvious pain. He stayed down for several minutes before he was eventually helped up and back to the Bucks’ locker room. He returned to the bench briefly but went back to the locker room again, and permanently.
With Antetokounmpo out, the Hawks went on a tear and ended up outscoring the Bucks 36-24 in the decisive third quarter that effectively put the game out of Milwaukee’s reach in the 4th quarter. With the win, Atlanta tied the series 2-2 with Game 5 to be played at the Fiserv Forum.
However, it’s unclear if Antetokounmpo will play in Game 5 or in any of the remaining games of the series. With the way Atlanta played without Trae Young in Game 4, the Bucks could be in trouble if Giannis misses the next game or even more. This development has already taken a toll on their betting odds.
Bucks Odds Take a Hit
The #Bucks odds to win the #NBAFinals took a big hit last night following Giannis’ injury. ⬇️
Odds before Game 4: -125
Current odds: +275 pic.twitter.com/ecs50wuKVc
— NBC Sports EDGE Betting (@NBCSportsBet) June 30, 2021
Before Game 4, the Bucks were overwhelming betting favorites at the best NBA betting sites to win the Eastern Conference Finals. That was because Hawks’ superstar guard Trae Young suffered a bone bruise on his ankle after stepping on an official’s foot. Young would be declared out for Game 4 and the Hawks entered Game 4 as nine-point betting underdogs.
But the oddsmakers and the Bucks perhaps forgot about Lou Williams, who had seen limited playing time in Atlanta due to Young’s usage. But with Young out, Williams balled out and played his best game as an Atlanta Hawk by scoring a game-high 21 points and issuing 8 assists. With the Hawks roaring back and the Bucks reeling in Game 4, Milwaukee’s odd to win the East have shortened to -122 while the Hawks have moved closer to even money at +102.
Similarly, the Bucks have dropped in the NBA championship oddsboard. From a close -125 behind the new title favorites Phoenix Suns, the Bucks are now at +275, still in second but farther now from the Suns. The Hawks meanwhile are closing in at +575 with a new lease on life.
It’s unfortunate how injuries have ended the title aspirations of the previous betting favorites. We’ve seen the likes of the Lakers and Nets go down due to injuries to key players. It would be such a pity to see the Bucks suffer the same fate after seemingly having their best chance to win the title in the Giannis era this postseason.