Brooklyn Nets vs Atlanta Hawks: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

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December 31, 2020 3:00 am

The Brooklyn Nets have had a mixed start. They started off with two blowout victories but then suffered successive defeats to Hornets and the Grizzlies. With a well-rested Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets will hope that the team can bounce back to winning ways.

The Atlanta Hawks are off to unbeaten start to their season as they have won three games consecutively. They have seen their young star Trae Young go off to a fantastic start as he has averaged 34 points, 7.3 assists, and 4 rebounds in the first three games. The Hawks will hope that the 22-year-old can continue the splendid run of form against the Nets.

The Nets face off against the Hawks tonight at 7:30 PM, ET. Let’s take a look at the two sides’ expected lineups and injury updates prior to this Sunday night clash.

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and predicted lineup

The Brooklyn Nets suffered from enormous setback when their star Spencer Dinwiddie suffered from an ACL injury against the Charlotte Hornets. This injury keeps Dinwiddie out for the whole season.

Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) drives against Golden State Warriors power forward Eric Paschall (7) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Apart from Dinwiddie, Nicholas Claxton is also out for the Nets. Claxton who previously had a shoulder surgery injured his knee before the training camp. He is out with an injury to his right knee.

The Nets will hope that a fresh Kyrie and KD can step up and help them get across the line.

Predicted Lineup

Kyrie Irving (G)

Caris LeVert (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Kevin Durant (F)

DeAndre Jordan (C)

Atlanta Hawks injury updates and predicted lineup

The Atlanta Hawks have been impressive this season. They are unbeaten despite not being in full strength. The Hawks have a host of injured players. One of them is their new signing, Danilo Gallinari. Gallo started for the Hawks in the first game of the season and since been out with a foot injury. He is doubtful for the Nets’ game.

Center Clint Capela is also doubtful for the clash against the Nets. Capela has a sore Achilles, but played against the Pistons in the last game. So we might end up seeing him play in this crucial match against the Nets.

Dec 23, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Daniel Gafford (12) blocks the shot of Atlanta Hawks guard Brandon Goodwin (0) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Apart from Capela and Gallo, three players are out for the game against the Nets. Rookie Onyeka Okongwu is out with a toe injury, while Tony Snell is out with a foot injury for the Hawks. Their new signing, Kris Dunn, is also set to miss the game after undergoing an ankle surgery.

The Hawks see their backup guards Bogdan Bogdanovic and Rajon Rondo back to full fitness. Coach Lloyd Pierce may try to slot in one of them alongside Trae Young for this match.

Predicted Lineup

Trae Young (G)

Bogdan Bogdanovic (G)

De’Andre Hunter (F)

John Collins (F)

Clint Capela (C)

Predictions

With a well-rested Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets are favorites for this game, but might face an uphill task against the unbeaten Hawks. The new look Hawks are a scary team offensively but lack defensively. The Nets’ offense might be too much to handle for them and eventually win the game.

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Aditya Mohapatra

Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News. This die-hard Lakers fan considers LeBron James his idol.

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