Bucks' Antetokounmpo returning to lineup vs. Hawks after six-game absence

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a three-pointer during overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Milwaukee Bucks announced star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will return to the lineup against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday after missing six games with left knee soreness.

Milwaukee posted a 3-3 record without Antetokounmpo, and currently owns a 34-20 record as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta sits 4.5 games behind as the fourth seed ahead of Thursday night's matchup.

The two-time MVP is averaging 28.8 points, 6.2 assists and 11.4 rebounds in 45 games this season.

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