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

Published 04/25/2021, 12:08 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 had an impressive win against the Boston Celtics in their last game. With their latest win, they have leapfrogged the 76ers for the best record in the Eastern Conference with 40 wins and 20 losses.

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After two impressive wins against top teams in the East, the Suns were ultimately ousted by the Celtics in their latest game. They now have the second-best record in the league, with 42 wins and 17 losses.

The Brooklyn Nets face off against the Phoenix Suns tonight at 3:30 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.

Predictions

The Suns might miss some important role players but have major stars like Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and DeAndre Ayton available at their disposal. Given the form they are in and the number of key players the Nets are missing, the Suns surely have an edge in this matchup.

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Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Nets had an impressive performance against the Boston Celtics in their last game as they beat them 109-104. It was a complete team effort by the Nets that won them the game against a short-handed Celtics.

The Nets will be missing multiple players out with injuries. Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the season with a partial ACL tear, rotational guard Tyler Johnson and Chris Chiozza are also out with injuries. Superstar James Harden is still recovering from a hamstring injury, while Nicolas Claxton and Alize Johnson are also out due to the league’s medical protocols.

The Nets welcome back their superstar Kevin Durant, who missed the last three games. They face a tough challenger in Phoenix Suns in their next game, and a win against such a side will be essential in building a gap between them and the 76ers.

Probable Lineup

Kyrie Irving (G)

Landry Shamet (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Kevin Durant (F)

DeAndre Jordan (C)

Phoenix Suns injury updates and lineup prediction

The Suns who had two statement wins against Eastern Conference juggernauts in the 76ers and the Bucks, the Suns lost their latest game against the Celtics, who beat them 99-96. Given that they were playing a back to back, this latest loss won’t bother the Suns.

Feb 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrate during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns will be missing some key players against the Nets. Rotational guard Abdel Nader is out with a knee injury. Starting forward Jae Crowder is out with an ankle injury, and even backup forward Dario Saric will be sidelined with an ankle injury. Even guard Langston Galloway is out due to personal reasons.

Going up against a rather depleted Nets team, the Suns will be determined to pull off a big result against Brooklyn and get back in form.

Probable Lineup

Chris Paul (G)

Devin Booker (G)

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Mikal Bridges (F)

Cameron Johnson (F)

DeAndre Ayton (C)

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Who do you think will win between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns?

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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.

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