Will Kevin Durant and James Harden Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves – Predictions, Injury Updates, and Lineups

Published 04/12/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) high fives forward Kevin Durant (7) during a time out in the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. The Nets are coming off a surprising loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite the return of Kevin Durant, they weren’t able to defeat the Lakers, who were without LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

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James Harden is currently sidelined, and this is a big loss for the Nets. Fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see the big three take the court once again.

The Timberwolves, on the other hand, have been extremely poor this year. Currently, the Wolves have the worst record in the league, once again being one of the underperformers. Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell haven’t impressed much during the season, whereas Anthony Edwards has been playing really well, becoming one of the front runners for Rookie of the Year since LaMelo Ball’s injury.

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With that in mind, take a look at the Brooklyn Nets taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves

Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves – Prediction

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Surprisingly, the Nets are coming into this game with a loss, while the Timberwolves are coming off the back of a win. However, the difference in quality between the two teams is just too much. The return of Kevin Durant means that the Nets have one of the best players in the NBA on their team, who can carry the offensive load for them.

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Prediction: Durant and the Nets are able to get past the Timberwolves

Brooklyn Nets – Team News

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a free throw attempt by the Nets against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets will be without several key players going into the game. James Harden is out as he recovers from a hamstring strain. Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge will also be unavailable for the game, as Irving takes a leave for personal reasons, and Aldridge recovers from an illness. Tyler Johnson is also out for the Nets, leaving Kevin Durant with fewer options.

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Predicted Lineup: Landry Shamet, Bruce Brown, Joe Harris, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant

Minnesota Timberwolves – Team News

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Dec 23, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) hugs guard D’Angelo Russell (0) following the game against the Detroit Pistons at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves are quite free with regards to injuries. Malik Beasley has been sidelined with a major hamstring injury, which could see him miss the rest of the season. However, star players like Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell will feature. Furthermore, rookie Anthony Edwards could see big minutes tomorrow night.

Predicted Lineup: Ricky Rubio, Anthony Edwards, Josh Okogie, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns

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Who do you think will win between the Nets and the Timberwolves?

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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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