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

Published 04/21/2021, 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


After a pretty close loss at the hands of Miami Heat, the Brooklyn Nets came back to winning ways with a win against the Pelicans. With a record of 39 wins and 19 losses, the Nets are the second best team in the East.

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Toronto Raptors, meanwhile, continued their winning run of form with a victory against the Thunder. They now have a record of 24 wins and 34 losses and are the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Brooklyn Nets face off against the Toronto Raptors tonight at 7:00 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.

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Predictions

The Nets might be missing two of their superstars in Durant and Harden against an in-form Raptors, but their role players and Kyrie Irving are in fine form. The Nets surely have an edge against the Raptors in this game.

Toronto Raptors injury updates and lineup prediction

The Raptors won their third game in a row with a victory against a young Thunder side, beating them 112-106. Despite losing numerous key players in the off season, the Raptors find themselves at the thick of the play in tournament. They might be 12th in the standings but are only a half game away from the 10th placed Chicago Bulls.

Mar 17, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) reacts during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors will be missing two players against the Nets. Guard Jalen Harris is out with a hip injury, while veteran Rodney Hood is out with a knee injury.

The Raptors face a Nets side ravaged by injuries. This might be the best opportunity for them to build on their amazing form and challenge for the play-in spots.

Probable Lineup

Gary Trent Jr. (G)

Fred VanVleet (G)

Pascal Siakam (F)

OG Anunoby (F)

Chris Boucher (C)

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

Despite missing superstars Kevin Durant and James Harden, the Nets prevailed against a resilient Pelicans side with a 134-129 victory. While Kyrie Irving put up a game high 32 points, role players like Bruce Brown, Landry Shamet and veteran forward Blake Griffin chipped in on the offensive end for Brooklyn.

Apr 18, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) holds his left leg as head coach Steve Nash assists him from the court during the first half of a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets have a seriously depleted roster with 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 and Reggie Perry are out due to league’s medical protocols.

The Nets will look to build on this win and maintain pressure in the 76ers for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Probable Lineup

Kyrie Irving (G)

Landry Shamet (G)

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Joe Harris (F)

Bruce Brown (F)

DeAndre Jordan (C)

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

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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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