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

Published 05/09/2021, 7:04 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 face off against the Denver Nuggets, led by MVP candidate Nikola Jokic, tonight at 10 PM EST.


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The Brooklyn Nets are arguably one of the most dominant teams in the league right now. Despite having two out of their big three in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets uncharacteristically have lost four games in a row. With defeats at the hands of the Blazers, Bucks and the Mavs, the Nets are far behind the top seeded 76ers now and are under tremendous pressure as Giannis and the Bucks are also only half a game away from clinching the second seed. The Nets have to turn this around now and win rest of their games.

The Nuggets, who had a great victory against the Knicks, lost their most recent game at the hands of the Utah Jazz, 127-120. Despite decent performances from Jokic and Michael Porter Jr., the Nuggets simply had no answer for Jazz’ Bojan Bogdanovic, who dropped a 48-point bomb. With their recent losses, the Nuggets are looking highly unlikely to challenge the Clippers for the third spot and might have to settle for the fourth seed in the West.


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The Nets might be on four game losing streak, but there is no denying the star quality Durant and Irving bring to the team. This, coupled with the inconsistent form the Nuggets have been in, the Nets have a slight edge in this match-up.

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Nets have some injury issues ahead of their game against the Nuggets. Guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Chris Chiozza are out with a knee and a hand injury, respectively. Superstar James Harden is still out indefinitely as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) and Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) react during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Kyrie Irving (G)

Landry Shamet (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Kevin Durant (F)

Blake Griffin (C)

Denver Nuggets- Injury updates and predicted lineup

The Nuggets will be missing some key players through injury concerns. Jamal Murray is sidelined for the rest of the season due to an ACL injury, Monte Morris and Will Barton both are out with hamstring injuries. PJ Dozier is out with a groin injury, while Aaron Gordon is sidelined due to a calf injury. Center Zeke Nnaji is questionable with an ankle injury.

Apr 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA;Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) dribbles at New Orleans Pelicans center Steven Adams (12) in the first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Facundo Campazzo (G)

Will Barton (G)


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Michael Porter Jr. (F)

Jamychal Green (F)

Nikola Jokic (C)


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Who will win between the Brooklyn Nets and the Denver Nuggets? 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.