Will Kevin Durant & James Harden Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Trail Blazers: Predictions, Injury Updates, and Lineups

Published 04/30/2021, 5:22 PM EDT
Apr 29, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert (22) defends in the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets steamrolled past the Indiana Pacers in their most recent game. With their latest win they have a record of 43 wins and 20 losses which puts them at the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Portland Trail Blazers, meanwhile, won their second game in a row as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies. The Blazers now have an overall record of 34 wins and 28 losses and are the seventh seed in the Western Conference.

The Nets face off against the Blazers tonight at 8:00 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.

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Predictions

The Nets are in fantastic form, with four victories in a row. While they might face a stern task ahead of them in the Blazers, given their form and firepower available, the Nets surely have an edge over the Blazers.

Portland Trail Blazers: Injury updates and lineup prediction

After losing five games in a row, the Blazers are finally getting back in form. They beat the Grizzlies 130-109 in their most recent game with CJ McCollum scoring a game high 26 points.

Mar 28, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives past Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) during the third quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

The Blazers only have a single player in Zach Collins missing through injury. They are facing off against an Eastern Conference juggernaut in the Nets and will need all of their key players in prime form if they want to continue their winning form.

Probable Lineup

Damian Lillard (G)

CJ McCollum (G)

Norman Powell (F)

Robert Covington (F)

Jusuf Nurkic (C)

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Nets continued their fantastic run of form with a blowout victory against the Pacers 130-113. Kevin Durant put on an absolute show as he scored a whooping 42 points despite playing only 36 minutes in the game.

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 Nets will miss some key players through injuries. Guards Spencer Dinwiddie, Chris Chiozza, James Harden are all sidelined against the Blazers. Nicolas Claxton, Bruce Brown, and even Kevin Durant have been officially ruled out against the Blazers.

With a depleted roster, the Nets will hope that their supporting cast can step up and help them maintain this winning form.

Probable Lineup

Kyrie Irving (G)

Landry Shamet (G)

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Joe Harris (F)

Blake Griffin (F)

Jeff Green (C)

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Who do you think will win between the Indiana Pacers and the Brooklyn Nets?

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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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