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

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April 4, 2021 9:38 pm

Brooklyn Nets won their 4th straight game as they defeated the Charlotte Hornets. The Nets now have the same record as the 76ers, with 34 wins and 15 losses and are the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago Bulls lost their 6th game in a row with their latest defeat to Utah Jazz. The Bulls now have a record of 19 wins and 28 losses and are currently the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets face off against the Bulls tonight at 2:00 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Brooklyn Nets, who were missing superstars Kevin Durant and James Harden, had a comfortable victory against the Hornets with a 111-89. Much of it was because of the amazing debut of new center LaMarcus Aldridge and a season-high for forward Jeff Green.

The debutant center looks like a lock for the starting center position and provides another offensive option to an already stacked Nets’ offense.

Apr 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) is guarded by Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo (8) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets will miss multiple stars through injuries. Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the rest of the season with a partial ACL tear. Kevin Durant is still recovering from a hamstring injury and might return to action sooner than later. James Harden is listed out with a hamstring injury.

The injury-laden Nets go up against a Bulls side who are in dismal form. They will hope that they can win their 5th game in a row with a victory at Chicago.

Probable Lineup

Kyrie Irving (G)

Bruce Brown Jr. (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Jeff Green (F)

LaMarcus Aldridge (C)

Chicago Bulls injury updates and lineup prediction

Chicago Bulls‘ dismal form continued as they lost their sixth game in a row and their fourth since the Nikola Vucevic trade with a 113-106 defeat against the Jazz. Much of it has been because of the dip in form of star guard Zach LaVine.

Ever since the Vucevic trade, LaVine is averaging 18.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Vucevic, meanwhile, has been decent for the Bulls so far. Chicago are clearly figuring out their best lineup and will hope that the team starts to click soon.

Mar 27, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots as San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) looks on in the first quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

The Bulls have some minor injury concerns ahead of their game against the Nets. Shooting guard Garrett Temple is out of the lineup with a hamstring problem. Rotational guard Adam Mokoka is out with a head injury while guard Coby White is probable as he recovers from a neck injury.

The Bulls face a depleted Nets side. A victory against the Nets might be the perfect way to break their slump and make a solid push for the playoff spot.

Possible Lineup

Tomas Satoransky (G)

Zach LaVine (G)

Patrick Williams (F)

Thaddeus Young (F)

Nikola Vucevic (C)

Predictions

The Nets face a Bulls side who have been in dismal form recently. They might be missing two superstars in Kevin Durant and James Harden, but given the offensive talent the Nets have, they still have an edge over the Bulls.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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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