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

Published 05/15/2021, 1:23 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

The Chicago Bulls face off against the Eastern Conference juggernaut Brooklyn Nets tonight at 9:00 AM EST.


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The Brooklyn Nets maintained their fantastic run of form in their last game against the Spurs, defeating them 128-116. While they missed Kyrie Irving due to a face injury, they did welcome James Harden back to the lineup. The Beard came off the bench and played 28 minutes for the team, scoring 18 points along with 11 assists and 7 rebounds.

With Harden looking back in top form and all of their superstars healthy, these last two games are the perfect opportunity to finally develop some cohesion in the team.


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The Bulls have been unstoppable lately, winning four of their last five games. But this form will certainly won’t have any impact in the play-in tournament as they are mathematically out of making the post-season. But a fit Bulls side are finally showing what they are capable of. It will be interesting to see how a fully fit Bulls side perform in the next season.


The Nets are in blazing form with three victories and are finally getting fit before the post-season. There is also a real possibility of seeing the big three of Harden, Durant and Irving in the game against the Bulls. Given the form they are in and the fact that all their superstars are finally fit, the Nets are clear favorites in this matchup.

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Nets have some injury issues against the Bulls. Guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Chris Chiozza are out with a knee and a hand injury, respectively. Sharpshooter Joe Harris is questionable against the Bulls.

Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts as he leaves the game against the Los Angeles Lakers after being ejected during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

James Harden (G)

Kyrie Irving (G)

Bruce Brown (F)

Kevin Durant (F)

Blake Griffin (C)

Chicago Bulls injury updates and lineup prediction

The Bulls have some minor injury concerns ahead of their game against the Nets. Rotational guard Adam Mokoka is out with a head injury, while starting point guard Tomas Satoransky is questionable with an ankle injury. Forward Troy Brown Jr. is out with an ankle injury, while center Daniel Theis is sidelined with a hip injury.

Mar 31, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) shoots against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Possible Lineup

Coby White (G)


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Zach LaVine (G)

Patrick Williams (F)

Lauri Markkannen (F)


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Nikola Vucevic (C)

Who will win between the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls? 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.