Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 1: Giannis Antetokunmpo out, final injury report, official starters April 21

The Pacers start their postseason run tonight
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner warms up before the Pacers take on the Milwaukee Bucks ahead of Game 1 in the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs. (Mandatory Photo Credit: AllPacers)
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner warms up before the Pacers take on the Milwaukee Bucks ahead of Game 1 in the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs. (Mandatory Photo Credit: AllPacers) /

The Indiana Pacers kick off their 2024 playoff run tonight as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. It's a big moment for the Pacers, who haven't been in the postseason since 2020 and have a younger roster.

They will get valuable experience in the series no matter what, but they hope to achieve something and not view this as a growing opportunity. "That's the way we're going to look at this. Just getting to the playoffs is not the goal. The goal is a championship," Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said last week.

Here are the official starting lineups and injury reports for Game 1 of the series.

Indiana Pacers injury report

The Pacers will be without Bennedict Mathurin (torn right labrum) tonight. He is the only player listed on the injury report. Two-way contract players are unavailable in the postseason by rule.

Indiana Pacers starting lineup

Guard: Tyrese Haliburton

Guard: Andrew Nembhard

Forward: Aaron Nesmith

Forward: Pascal Siakam

Center: Myles Turner

This lineup was strong for much of the regular season, posting a plus-minus of +66 in 444 minutes. They open with a clean slate for the playoffs tonight.

Milwaukee Bucks injury report

The Bucks listed Giannis Antetokounmpo as out with a calf strain. His health is a big storyline in this series.

Milwaukee Bucks starting lineup

Guard: Damian Lillard

Guard: Patrick Beverley

Forward: Khris Middleton

Forward: Bobby Portis

Center: Brook Lopez

The game will begin in about 30 minutes. For more on the action, click here.


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