Will Kevin Durant & James Harden Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics: Predictions, Injury Updates, and Lineups

Published 04/23/2021, 4:43 PM 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 had a rather disappointing loss against the Raptors. With their latest loss, they have a record of 39 wins and 20 losses, and are the second best team in the Eastern Conference.

After an unexpected loss at the hands of the Bulls, the Celtics defeated a Western Conference juggernaut in Phoenix Suns. They now have a record of 32 wins and 27 losses and are the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.


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The Brooklyn Nets face off against the Boston Celtics tonight at 7:30 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction


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After pulling off a great win against the Pelicans, the Nets fell flat against the Raptors, who beat them 114-103. The Nets had a rather off shooting night, knocking down only 31.7% from the three-point line.

Mar 26, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) goes to the basket on Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) in the second half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets have multiple players out with injuries. Spencer Dinwiddie is out with a partial ACL tear. James Harden is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Rotational guard Tyler Johnson and Chris Chiozza are also out with injuries.

Kevin Durant is out with a thigh injury, while Nicolas Claxton is out due to the league’s medical protocols. The Nets face an in-form Celtics side and will be vary of the danger Boston can bring to the table

Probable Lineup

Kyrie Irving (G)

Landry Shamet (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Bruce Brown (F)

DeAndre Jordan (C)

Boston Celtics injury updates and predicted lineup

The Celtics pulled off another fantastic victory as they beat a Western Conference juggernaut in Phoenix Suns 99-86. Despite superstar Jayson Tatum misfiring, it was Kemba Walker’s 32 points that led the Celtics to a comfortable victory.

Mar 14, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with teammates after the end of the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics will be a missing a couple of players against the Nets due to injuries. Backup center Robert Williams is out with a knee injury, while Kemba Walker will be rested. Jaylen Brown is also out as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

The Celtics are in fine-form but will be missing two of their superstars. They are moving towards the right direction though and can pull off a victory against the Nets. In impeccable form with health on their side, they will look to maintain their winning form against the Dubs.

Probable Lineup

Marcus Smart (G)

Evan Fournier (G)

Grant Williams (F)

Jayson Tatum (F)


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Tristan Thompson (C)


The Nets might be missing two of their superstars in Durant and Harden against an in-form Celtics, and that might cost them. Considering recent form, the Celtics clearly have an edge in this matchup.


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


Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.