Will Kevin Durant Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards – Team News, Lineups, Predictions

Published 03/21/2021, 2:30 PM EDT
Jan 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) drives to the basket as Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) defends in the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets will take on the Washington Wizards tonight. For the Nets, they have been in fantastic form in the past few weeks. Despite the loss against the Orlando Magic, the Nets have shown how good they can be in the past few weeks. James Harden and Kyrie Irving have been fantastic as a duo so far, and are carrying the team in the absence of KD.

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The Washington Wizards, on the other hand, have had a poor season so far. The combination of Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook has not worked as the franchise expected. However, they have improved on their meager record, at one point being the worst team in the NBA. The Wizards have been struggling for quite some time and are looking to turn their form around.

With that in mind, let us take a look at the Brooklyn Nets fixture against the Wizards.

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Brooklyn Nets – Team News

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets will be without Kevin Durant, as his recovery continues. However, the Nets could see Blake Griffin make his first experience with the franchise. Jeff Green is also listed as probable going into the game. But in better news, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are available, as the back court duo continue to impress.

Predicted Lineup: James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Jeff Green, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

Washington Wizards – Team News

Jan 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) celebrates with teammates after making the go ahead the go ahead three point field goal against the Brooklyn Nets in the final seconds in the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Wizards are also slightly hamstrung by injuries. Thomas Bryant continues to be out after his season ending injury. Furthermore, Davis Bertans is also unavailable for the game against the Nets, as is back-up guard Ish Smith. Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook are fit, and the two guards will be available for the game.

Predicted Lineup: Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal, Rui Hachimura, Garrison Matthews, Alex Len

Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards – Prediction

Jan 18, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) and power forward Kevin Durant (7) high five during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Bucks 125-123. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets, despite losing their last game, have been very strong over the last few weeks. Harden and Irving have been playing some of the best basketball of their career. However, the Nets have fallen to the Wizards in the past, and must be careful about making any missteps going forward.

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Prediction: The Brooklyn Nets are able to handle the Washington Wizards, thanks to Harden continuing his good form

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Who do you think will win between the Wizards and the Nets? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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