Will Kevin Durant and James Harden Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Miami Heat – Prediction, Injury Updates, and Lineups

Published 04/18/2021, 6:43 AM EDT
Jan 25, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) goes up for a shot as Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) forward Andre Iguodala (28) look on during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets take on the Miami Heat in an important Eastern Conference clash. For the Nets, their loss against the 76ers was a bitter one, as they missed the opportunity to surpass them in the seeding. However, they are still the number two seed in the East, and one of the strongest contenders to win the NBA championship with stars like Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving.

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The Miami Heat, on the other hand, have been able to turn their poor start around. They are currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Butler has been having a good season quietly. However, they still haven’t been able to break into a confirmed playoff seed. The Heat will be looking to move to a top-six seed before the end of the season.

With that in mind, let us take a look at the Brooklyn Nets taking on the Miami Heat.

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Brooklyn Nets vs Miami Heat – Predictions

Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts as he leaves the game against the Los Angeles Lakers after being ejected during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets have been looking strong in the past few weeks. However, losses to the Lakers and the 76ers have derailed their momentum slightly. The return of Kevin Durant has galvanized the team. But the team is still feeling the absence of James Harden. Expect the Nets to get past the Miami Heat, despite a tough contest from last year’s finalists.

Prediction: The Brooklyn Nets get past the Miami Heat, despite their grinding style of play

Brooklyn Nets – Team News

Mar 11, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots a three point shot in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets are still struggling with injuries. James Harden is yet to make a return but is progressing well. Stars like Chris Chiozza and Tyler Johnson are also out, and will not be playing against the Heat. However, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and healthy, and should be playing tonight.

Predicted Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Nicolas Claxton

Miami Heat – Team News

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Mar 29, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) celebrates with guard Goran Dragic (7) and guard Tyler Herro (14) after scoring a basket against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mike Stobe/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat have several injuries going into tonight’s game. Jimmy Butler is listed as questionable going into the game due to a right ankle injury. Andre Iguodala is also listed as questionable as well. Gabe Vincent is listed as probable and should be expected to get minutes during the game. Victor Oladipo is yet to make a recovery.

Predicted Lineup: Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Trevor Ariza, Bam Adebayo

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Who will win between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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