Giannis Antetokounmpo may miss Bucks-Pacers series opener.  

When postseason play begins this weekend, the Milwaukee Bucks will be without their two-time MVP.   

ESPN reported Tuesday that Giannis Antetokounmpo's left calf strain will keep him out of the Bucks' first-round matchup against the Indiana Pacers.   

ESPN said that the team hopes to bring the eight-time All-Star forward back later in the series after prolonged treatment.  

Antetokounmpo fell and injured his calf in the Bucks' April 9 win over the Celtics while racing up the court to get on offense.  

After being treated, Antetokounmpo departed the game with his calf. The Athletic said that an MRI showed a soleus strain but no Achilles injury.  

The Bucks missed Antetokounmpo for their final three games that season. Milwaukee dropped from No. 2 in the Eastern Conference to third after going 1-2.  

At DraftKings Sportsbook on Monday, the Bucks have -180 odds of beating the Pacers in the playoffs' first round. Odds rose to -135 Tuesday afternoon. The Pacers' Bucks-beating odds dropped from +145 to +110.  

Pacers 4-2 (+400) now have the second-shortest odds for the series outcome, behind Bucks 4-3 (+290).   

The Bucks' 4-1 and 4-2 wins on Monday tied for second-shortest odds (+475). Pacers won 4-2 at +550, fourth-shortest odds.  

Antetokounmpo's injury was one of several poor breaks for the Bucks in the final weeks. Their final 11 games were 3-8, including losses to the lowly Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies, and Toronto Raptors. Doc Rivers took over and they're 17-19.  

Still, Antetokounmpo proved MVP-worthy. His career-best 61% field goal shooting yielded 30.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game.  

The Bucks might lose again in the playoffs' first round. The Bucks face a sixth-seeded Pacers club that won four of five games against them this season after losing to the Miami Heat as the No. 1 seed last year.   

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