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

Published 03/13/2021, 11:55 AM EST
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) stands next to head coach Steve Nash after exiting a game against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Brooklyn Nets started off the second half of the season with a commanding victory over the Boston Celtics. They now have a record of 25 wins and 13 losses and are the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Detroit Pistons, meanwhile, continued their dismal form as they lost their previous game against the Charlotte Hornets. They now have a record of 10 wins and 27 losses and have the second worst record in the NBA only behind the Timberwolves.

The Nets face off against the Pistons tonight at 7:00 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.

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Detroit Pistons injury updates and lineup prediction

The Pistons clearly are a team in for a rebuild. After losing superstars like Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin, the Pistons are playing with some inexperienced players.

The only silver lining for the side has been the form of Jerami Grant. The 27-year-old scored 32 points in a 105-102 loss against the Hornets. Given his exceptional form, the Pistons can cash in on Grant by trading him for some future first round picks or try to build a team around him.

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) gets defended by Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Pistons have some major injury concerns. Guards Hamidou Diallo, Frank Jackson and Killian Hayes are out with a groin, illness, and a hip injury, respectively. Center Jahlil Okafor is out with a knee injury, while Dennis Smith Jr. is sidelined due to medical protocols.

The Pistons have a depleted side ahead of their game against the Nets. They will hope that their young guns can pull off a surprise or two against the Nets.

Probable Lineup

Delon Wright (G)

Wayne Ellington (G)

Jerami Grant (F)

Saddiq Bey (F)

Mason Plumlee (C)

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Brooklyn Nets put on a solid display against a fully fit Boston Celtics defeating them, 121-109. Kyrie Irving was at his best against his former team, scoring a game high 40 points against the Celtics.

Given that they only had a two point lead at the end of the third quarter, the Nets showed their ability to close out games. They have won 11 out of the last 12 games and are looking unstoppable right now.

Mar 11, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets will be missing some key players against the Pistons through injuries. Spencer Dinwiddie is ruled out for the rest of the season with a partial ACL tear. Kevin Durant is still recovering from a hamstring injury while backup Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot are also out. New signing Blake Griffin might be rested against the Pistons.

Given their form despite missing KD, the Nets will be looking forward to a comfortable victory against the Pistons.

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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There is absolutely no stopping the Brooklyn Nets freight train right now. With the team looking much better defensively, and an unstoppable offense, the Nets are heavy favorites against the Pistons.

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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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