Will Kevin Durant & Kyrie Irving Play Tonight? Utah Jazz vs Brooklyn Nets: Preview, Injury Report & Predictions

Published 03/24/2021, 2:45 PM EDT
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant attend Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on December 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)

Brooklyn Nets travel to Salt Lake City to take on the NBA table-toppers, Utah Jazz, tonight. While second-placed Nets (30-14) are just a game behind East leaders, the Sixers, the Jazz (31-11) are bidding to keep hold of their mantle in the West.


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Date & Time: March 24, 2021, 9pm ET

Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Utah


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Mar 17, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) shoots the ball while Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) defends in the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Utah Jazz

The Jazz haven’t been their previous imperious self lately. Of their last ten games, they have lost five. So, they need to turn it around or risk surrendering their place at the top of the charts in the West.

Fortunately for them, they don’t have any notable injury concerns as they return to home comforts after a five-game stretch on the road. In their previous meeting with the Nets, they lost 130-96. So, they will be out for revenge.

Starting lineup for Utah Jazz

Guard – Donovan Mitchell

Guard – Mike Conley Jr.

Center – Rudy Gobert

Forward – Royce O’Neale

Forward – Bojan Bogdanovic

Jan 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) slaps the hand of center Rudy Gobert (27) during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz wins 108-94. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Brooklyn Nets

This game will serve as the second leg of a back-to-back for them after they defeated the Trail Blazers 116-112 last night.

James Harden led the way for Brooklyn as the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sat out for different reasons. While Durant is still rehabilitating from his hamstring strain, Irving has taken a leave of absence for family reasons. Both haven’t even traveled with the squad for the road trip and as a result, won’t be either a part of this contest and the next one against the Pistons.

The Nets won in spite of their inconsistent shooting form against the Blazers (9-30 from the three-point line). James Harden continued with his stupendous ball-handling form with 17 assists on top of the 25 points he scored.


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Starting lineup for Brooklyn Nets

Guard – Bruce Brown Jr.

Guard – James Harden

Center – DeAndre Jordan


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Forward – Joe Harris

Forward – Jeff Green

Predictions | Jazz vs Nets


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Strictly because the Nets swept aside the Jazz in their previous encounter, they go in as the slight favorites. Though they will have their hands full guarding James Harden as he can influence the outcome of this game like no other player on the court.


Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.