Will Kevin Durant & James Harden Play Tonight? Charlotte Hornets vs Brooklyn Nets: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 04/01/2021, 3:24 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

Brooklyn Nets won their 3rd straight game as they defeated a new look Houston Rockets. With their latest win, they have a record of 33 wins and 15 losses. They currently stand as the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference.


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Charlotte Hornets won their 4th game in their last 5 outings as they bested the Washington Wizards. The Hornets now have a record of 24 wins and 22 losses and are currently the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference.

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


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Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Brooklyn Nets pulled off an amazing comeback victory against the Houston Rockets beating them 120-108. Brooklyn were down by 11 points in the first half but rallied back with a phenomenal performance from Kyrie Irving who scored 31 points with 6 rebounds and season high 12 assists.

But the victory did come at a cost, as James Harden suffered a hamstring injury. The Nets will now rely on Kyrie Irving to lead the team and maintain their impressive winning run.

Mar 21, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Blake Griffin (2) reacts with shooting guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets will be missing some key stars due to injuries. Spencer Dinwiddie has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a partial ACL tear.

Kevin Durant is still recovering from a hamstring injury while new signing Blake Griffin might be rested. James Harden is the latest name to join the stacked injury list with a hamstring problem of his own.

The injury laden Nets go up against the Charlotte Hornets next. Given the form of both the teams, it will be fascinating to see which team comes out on top.

Probable Lineup

Kyrie Irving (G)

Tyler Johnson (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Jeff Green (F)

DeAndre Jordan (C)

Charlotte Hornets injury updates and lineup prediction

After suffering a crushing overtime loss at the hands of the Suns, the Hornets found their way back to winning ways against the Wizards as they beat them 114-104.

Despite missing the sensational rookie LaMelo Ball for the last 5 games, the Hornets have won 4 of their last 5 with players like Devonté Graham and Terry Rozier stepping up for them.

Feb 20, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington (25) and Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball, right, hug Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier after Rozier hit the game-winning shot against the Golden State Warriors at Spectrum Center. The Charlotte Hornets won 102-100. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

The Hornets are missing 2 players due to injuries. Point guard LaMelo Ball is out with a fractured wrist and key shooting guard Malik Monk is probable with a foot injury.

The Hornets go up against a Nets side plagued with injuries and might have a real chance at the win.

Probable Lineup

Terry Rozier (G)

Devonte’ Graham (G)

Gordon Hayward (F)


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PJ Washington (F)

Bismack Biyombo (C)



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The Nets might be missing some key players in James Harden and Kevin Durant, but given the form that Kyrie Irving and players like Joe Harris are in they have a slight edge over the Hornets in the matchup.


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.