Will Kevin Durant and James Harden Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks: Team News, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 03/15/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
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


The Brooklyn Nets take on the New York Knicks in a battle of New York. The Nets are looking like the championship contenders everyone expected them to be. At the moment, the Nets are the number two seed in the Eastern Conference. Despite Kevin Durant’s injury concerns, Kyrie Irving and James Harden have led the franchise to a great position right now.

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The New York Knicks, on the other hand, have been surprisingly good this season. The Knicks currently have the seventh seed with a 20-19 record.

Julius Randle has been fantastic this season, earning an All-Star nomination for the first time in his career. However, they need to continue their momentum in the second half of the season if they want to reach the playoffs.

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With that in mind, let us take a look at the Nets vs the Knicks

Brooklyn Nets – Team News

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) and forward Kevin Durant (7) rest near the team bench during a timeout against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets will still be without star player Kevin Durant. Durant is due to be evaluated this week. Other players such as Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Blake Griffin, and Spencer Dinwiddie will not be playing either. However, the Nets will be glad that James Harden and Kyrie Irving will be available for the game tomorrow.

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Predicted Lineup: James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Nicolas Claxton, DeAndre Jordan

New York Knicks – Team News

Feb 7, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks speaks with Julius Randle #30 during the game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on February 07, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Mike Stobe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks will also have injury concerns as Derrick Rose is still unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols. Furthermore, Mitchell Robinson is also recovering from his wrist injury. Immanuel Quickly and Elfrid Peyton are also listed as questionable for the game.

Predicted Lineup: Frank Ntilikina, RJ Barrett, Reggie Bullock, Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel

Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks – Prediction

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 have been on a fantastic roll so far. James Harden and Kyrie Irving have quickly become the best backcourt duo in the NBA.

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However, the Knicks have shown that they can take on some of the big teams this season. The Nets may find it difficult to stop Julius Randle, who put up a triple-double recently.

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Prediction: The Nets overcome the Knicks after a tight game.

Who will win between the Nets and the Knicks? Both teams are exceeding expectations this season. And given the rivalry between these two teams, the fixture should be an intense effort.

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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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