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

Published 02/18/2021, 2:00 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


The Lakers bounced back to winning ways with their latest victory over the Timberwolves. They now have a record of 22 wins and 7 losses and are the second seed in the Western Conference.

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The Brooklyn Nets, meanwhile, won their fourth straight game as they defeated an in-form Phoenix Suns team. With their latest win, they have a record of 18 wins and 12 losses. They currently stand as the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets face the Lakers tonight at 10 PM EST. Take a look at the probable lineups and the predictions ahead of the game.

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Los Angeles Lakers- Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Lakers, who suffered from a crushing loss to the Nuggets, won their latest game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, defeating them 112-104.

Despite the absence of superstar Anthony Davis, the team put on an all-round performance against the Wolves. Their new signings, Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell, provided the offensive support LeBron James needed.

Jan 13, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) high fives guard Dennis Schroder (17) and center Marc Gasol (14) during a time out against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

However, they might have some injury concerns for their upcoming game. Kostas Antetokounmpo is out with a knee injury. Superstar Anthony Davis is also sidelined as he recovers from an Achilles’ tendonosis injury.

The Lakers now face an offensive juggernaut in the Brooklyn Nets who will be without a key player in Kevin Durant.

Probable Lineup

Dennis Schroder (G)

Kentavious Caldwell Pope (G)

LeBron James (F)

Kyle Kuzma (F)

Marc Gasol (C)

Brooklyn Nets- Injury update and lineup prediction

The Brooklyn Nets defeated a strong Phoenix Suns side, 128-124. Even though they were playing without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, their new signing James Harden stepped up. Against the Suns, he scored 38 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds.

Apart from him, multiple bench players also chipped in for the Nets. Forward Joe Harris scored 22 points, Jeff Green scored 18 points and even guard scored 17 points. This all-round offensive display without Durant and Irving was an encouraging sign for coach Steve Nash.

Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) high fives forward Kevin Durant (7) during a time out in the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

They have some major injury concerns, as their guard Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the season with a partial ACL tear. Forward Nicholas Claxton is out with a knee injury, and guard Iman Shumpert is out due to a hamstring injury.

Superstar Kevin Durant is out at least for two games with a mild hamstring strain. Even Kyrie Irving is probable as he recovers from a back injury and forward Timothe Luwawu Cabarrot is questionable with a knee injury.

The Nets were lethal in the offensive end against the Suns. This time they are facing one of the best defensive teams in Lakers and might be in for a close match.

Probable Lineup

Kyrie Irving (G)

James Harden (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Jeff Green (F)

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Bruce Brown (C)

Predictions

The Nets will be missing a key player in Kevin Durant, while the Lakers will also be missing a defensive piece in Anthony Davis. It will all come down to how players like Schroder and Harris perform in the game.

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We are in for a close game between the champions and arguably their biggest challengers in Nets. Given the all round talent the Lakers have, they have a slight edge over the Nets in this matchup.

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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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