Is Kevin Durant Playing Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards Playing Lineup, Predictions & Injury Reports

Published 01/03/2021, 3:00 PM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) warms up before a game against the Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets are entering round 2 of their matchup. They first met in the preseason when the Nets came out victorious against the Wizards, finishing the game with a score of 119-11. As they meet in the regular season for the first time, a clash of their star duos will be one for NBA fans to relish.

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The focus will be on Kevin Durant facing his former teammate, Russell Westbrook. The two played alongside each other for a decade in Oklahoma City Thunder until Durant moved on to the Golden State Warriors. So, Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook vs Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving- which duo will one-up the other? Let’s find out.

Brooklyn Nets injury update and lineup prediction

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When the preseason began, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving looked like the duo nobody could beat. They spread around a fear that the Brooklyn Nets won’t make it easy for the other teams. However, they have lost three of their previous four games. So, As of now, the Nets stand sixth in the East, with their season’s wins and losses at par at the moment.

With Spencer Dinwiddie out, the burden falls on KD to do the playmaking for the team. When playing against the Atlanta Hawks, they relied mostly on making shots from the arc. However, that did not work in their favor at all, as they suffered a loss.

So, they need to work on driving the ball into the paint to open the floor for the perimeter shooters. It’s all on KD and Irving, on how they plan to work it out for the team to do its best.

Dec 30, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) goes up for a shot against Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

With that, the predicted lineup would be Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Joe Harris, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.

Washington Wizards injury update and lineup prediction

The Wizards’ season so far has been poles apart from the Nets. They are standing at 15th in the East with 1 win and five losses. It was in their last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves; it looked like they had finally gotten themselves together.

Even though Russell Westbrook was absent from the lineup, Bradley Beal put up a stellar performance for the win. He finished with 31 points, 7 assists, and 3 rebounds within 28 minutes of playing time. Eight of their players bagged points in double digits against Minnesota. So, if they showcase the same team effort, they have a shot at winning against the Nets too.

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Dec 19, 2020; Washington, DC, USA; Bradley Beal #3 and Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards celebrate after Beal scored and was fouled in the first half of a preseason game against the Detroit Pistons at Capital One Arena on December 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Mandatory Credit: Rob Carr/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook will be bringing out the big guns while playing against his former teammate. With a healthy roster, the predicted lineup would be Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant, Deni Avdija, Russell Westbrook, and Rui Hachimura.

Game prediction

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With a deeper and more talented rotation, the Nets will be playing at home. Expect the Wizards to put up a great fight, but ultimately succumb to the offensive prowess of Durant and Irving.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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