Giannis (ankle) probable as Milwaukee hosts Eastern Conference leader Brooklyn

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Brooklyn Nets (43-21, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (39-24, third in the Eastern Conference)

Milwaukee; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: The Milwaukee Bucks play the Eastern Conference-leading Brooklyn Nets.

The Bucks are 24-11 in Eastern Conference games. Milwaukee is sixth in the Eastern Conference with 25.6 assists per game led by Giannis Antetokounmpo averaging 5.9.

Antetokounmpo sat out the Bucks' 108-98 win over the Chicago Friday, after he exited in the first minute of a loss against the Rockets the previous night with an ankle injury.

Antetokounmpo limped to the locker room before returning to the bench later in the night, where he sat for the rest of the game.

According to ESPN, the two-time MVP is listed as probable ahead of Sunday's elite matchup against the Nets.

The Nets are 23-14 in Eastern Conference play. Brooklyn is fourth in the league in 3-point percentage, shooting 38.8% as a team from deep this season. Joe Harris leads them shooting 48.3% from 3-point range.

The teams meet for the second time this season. The Nets won 125-123 in the last matchup on Jan. 18. James Harden led Brooklyn with 34 points, and Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 34 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Bobby Portis ranks second on the Bucks with 7.1 rebounds and averages 11.4 points. Jrue Holiday is averaging 18 points, 7.5 assists and 1.8 steals over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.

Kyrie Irving is third on the Nets averaging 26.9 points and is adding 4.9 rebounds. Harris is averaging 15.4 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 51.2% over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.

LAST 10 GAMES: Bucks: 6-4, averaging 121 points, 47.7 rebounds, 26.1 assists, 8.8 steals and four blocks per game while shooting 49.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.7 points on 45.4% shooting.

Nets: 6-4, averaging 118.3 points, 43.6 rebounds, 27.4 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 48.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.7 points on 47.0% shooting.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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