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Eric Bledsoe, Giannis Antetokounmpo available to play vs. Bulls

The Milwaukee Bucks went 6-2 without Eric Bledsoe in the lineup over the past two weeks. Now it seems he will be back in the mix for tonight’s game vs. the Chicago Bulls (8 ET, NBA League Pass).

Bledsoe is listed as available in Monday’s injury report after he missed the last eight games because of a right fibula avulsion fracture. He last played in a Dec. 13 win against the Memphis Grizzlies, finishing with 12 points before leaving in the third quarter of that game with his injury.

The Bucks should also have reigning Kia MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo back in the mix vs. Chicago as well. Antetokounmpo missed Milwaukee’s last two games — a win against the Atlanta Hawks on Dec. 27 and Orlando Magic on Dec. 28 — because of soreness in his back.

During Bledsoe’s absence, the Bucks did not struggle to defeat some of the NBA’s best, topping the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 19 and the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 22. Veteran guard George Hill and second-year guard Donte DiVincenzo were instrumental in Milwaukee staying afloat during Bledsoe’s absence.

Hill averaged 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 22 minutes per game during that eight-game stretch. DiVincenzo was a starter during that stretch as well, averaging 7.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.0 apg and 1.7 steals per game in 26 mpg.

Bledsoe is averaging 15 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 5.7 apg this season.