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Kings-Bucks Injury Report: Murray, Antetokounmpo Status Updates

The Kings could be down a starter as they host the powerhouse Bucks on Tuesday night.
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Since the All-Star break, the Sacramento Kings have won just five of nine games, despite being in a vulnerable spot with playoff positioning on the line. Heading into Tuesday's matchup against the powerhouse Milwaukee Bucks, the Kings sit 7th in the Western Conference at 36-27, one game behind 6th place but just 1.5 games behind 9th. 

The last time the Kings faced the Bucks, the overtime thriller ended in Hollywood-like fashion as Milwaukee's star point guard Damian Lillard drilled a game-winning buzzer-beater from beyond the three-point line. 

In that meeting in Milwaukee, the stars showed out as Sacramento's duo of De'Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis combined for 53 points, 20 assists, and 15 rebounds, while the Bucks' duo of Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined for 56 points, 18 assists, and 14 rebounds.

Ahead of what should be another exciting matchup between the cross-conference squads, the Kings and Bucks have released their Injury Reports:

Sacramento Kings:

Keegan Murray - OUT (ankle)

Sasha Vezenkov - OUT (ankle)

Milwaukee Bucks:

Giannis Antetokounmpo - PROBABLE (knee)

AJ Green - PROBABLE (ankle)

MarJon Beauchamp - OUT (back)

Khris Middleton - OUT (ankle)

An injured Antetokounmpo could put the Bucks at a disadvantage, but the superstar forward is expected to suit up for Tuesday's matchup. The worrying factor for Sacramento fans is Keegan Murray's availability, as the sophomore wing will be sidelined after suffering an ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Houston Rockets

With Sasha Vezenkov slated to miss his 13th consecutive game and Murray's status in the dirt, Sacramento's forward depth will be depleted for Tuesday's matchup against Milwaukee. 

The Kings are 2-2 on the season with Murray sidelined, as backup wing Chris Duarte has started in his place each time. With Murray slated to miss Tuesday's game against the 2nd place team in the East, Sacramento will need players to step up on both ends of the court to fill his two-way presence.

Sacramento hosts the Bucks on the first leg of a back-to-back, as they also must prepare for a tough matchup on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Kings are two games into a six-game home stretch, as defending the Golden 1 Center is the top priority. 

The Kings and Bucks tip off at 7 p.m. PT.

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