Will Kevin Durant & Kyrie Irving Play Tonight? Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 03/11/2021, 3:34 PM EST
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 second straight game as they defeated an injury riddled Rockets team. With their latest win, they have a record of 23 wins and 13 losses. They currently stand as the second seed in the Eastern Conference, only behind the 76ers.

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Boston Celtics won their fourth game in a row as they defeated the Raptors. With their latest win, they have a record of 19 wins and 17 losses. They currently stand as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

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

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Boston Celtics injury updates and predicted lineup

The Boston Celtics had a fantastic win against the Raptors in their last game, beating them 132-125. This was an impressive win for the Celtics, given that they were missing their starting point guard, Marcus Smart.

Feb 5, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with forward Semi Ojeleye (37) and guard Jeff Teague (55) in the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center.The Celtics defeated the Clippers 119-115. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics have some minor injury concerns ahead of their game against the Nets. Backup center Tacko Fall is out with a knee injury, and guard Romeo Langford is also out with a wrist injury.

The Celtics will be be determined to start off the second half of the season in winning fashion, but it won’t be a piece of cake against the feisty Brooklyn Nets.

Probable Lineup

Marcus Smart (G)

Kemba Walker (G)

Jaylen Brown (F)

Jayson Tatum (F)

Daniel Theis (C)

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Brooklyn Nets defeated a dismal Houston Rockets side, 132-114. Even though they were playing without Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving took over the game scoring a combined 53 points.

Apart from him, multiple bench players also chipped in for the Nets. Forward Joe Harris scored 19 points and Bruce Brown added 17 points.

Mar 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) goes in for a shot in front of San Antonio Spurs in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

They have some major injury concerns, as their guard Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the season with a partial ACL tear. Superstar Kevin Durant and forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot are also out for the next game.

The Nets have won nine of the last ten games that they have played. They will look to maintain that good run of form against the Celtics.

Probable Lineup

Kyrie Irving (G)

James Harden (G)

Joe Harris (F)

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Jeff Green (F)

Bruce Brown (C)

Predictions

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The Nets are in a splendid run of form lately and given how lethal Kyrie Irving and James Harden have been on the floor, they can dismantle any defense in the league. Because of the splendid form they are in, the Nets have a slight edge over the Celtics.

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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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