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

Published 04/05/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
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 take on the New York Knicks in an important game tonight. For the Nets, they have been one of the best teams in the NBA this season. Despite missing Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving have carried the team to one of the best records in the NBA. However, Kevin Durant is tipped to return soon, and could even make an appearance during the game.

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Meanwhile, the Knick have continued to put in a good performance this year. Head coach Tom Thibodeau has been a breath of fresh air for the franchise. Julius Randle has continued his excellent season and is finally showing the Knicks why he was brought in as a big-money signing. The Knicks will be hoping to secure a playoff spot by the end of the regular season.

With that in mind, take a look at the Nets taking on the Knicks.

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Brooklyn Nets – Team News

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 have a few injury concerns heading into the game. Kevin Durant is listed as doubtful for the game against the Knicks, but there is a chance he will make an appearance. James Harden could also make his return, after missing the last game against the Bulls. Tyler Johnson and Landry Shamet are also doubtful for the game.

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Predicted Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Bruce Brown, Joe Harris, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge

New York Knicks – Team News

Feb 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks’ Julius Randle (30) is congratulated by teammates Taj Gibson (67) and Immanuel Quickley (5) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jason DeCrow/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks have one major absence in their team. Mitchell Robinson has been ruled out for the rest of the season, thanks to a metatarsal injury. However, the rest of the team is fully fit, and Tom Thibodeau will have all his options to choose from.

Julius Randle will be expected to lead the team, while star rookie Immanuel Quickley will be given some minutes.

Predicted Lineup: Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett, Reggie Bullock, Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel

Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks – Prediction

The Brooklyn Nets just suffered a loss to the Chicago Bulls. The absence of both Kevin Durant and James Harden meant Kyrie Irving was expected to carry the load for the team. The Knicks had an impressive win against the Detroit Pistons this weekend and could look to continue that form. However, if either Kevin Durant or James Harden returns tonight, the Knicks will struggle.

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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
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Prediction – The Knicks are able to eke out a win over the Nets, who don’t get Harden or Durant back in time.

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Who do you think will win between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets?

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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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