Will Kevin Durant Play Tonight? Golden State Warriors vs Brooklyn Nets: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 02/13/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Feb 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) drives with the ball against Toronto Raptors power forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors won their second successive game as they beat the Orlando Magic in their last game. With a record of 14 wins and 12 losses, they are the 8th seed in a stacked Western Conference.

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The Brooklyn Nets won the 15th game of their season with their latest win against the Pacers. With this win, they see themselves as the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets face off against the Warriors tonight at 8:30 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.

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Brooklyn Nets- Injury update and lineup prediction

The Brooklyn Nets snapped their three game losing streak as they beat the Indiana Pacers 104-94. Despite the absence of Kevin Durant, the other two stars, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, stepped up as they dropped a combined 57 points for the Nets.

The Nets did have a shaky performance in the defensive end in the second half as they gave up 64 points in the last two quarters. The encouraging news for the Nets is the return of the Kevin Durant.

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

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. Their starting center DeAndre Jordan is also out citing personal reasons.

The Nets might miss DeAndre Jordan, but given that Kevin Durant is back, we might be seeing an explosive offensive display by the Nets.

Probable Lineup

Kyrie Irving (G)

James Harden (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Kevin Durant (F)

Jeff Green (C)

Golden State Warriors- Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Warriors won their 14th game of the season as they bested Orlando Magic 111-106. The Dubs saw veteran superstars Steph Curry and Draymond Green putting up vintage performances against Magic.

For the next game against the Spurs, the Warriors will be missing some key players due to injuries. Apart from the longtime injuries to Klay Thompson, Alen Samilagic, and Marquese Chriss, the Warriors will also miss their rookie James Wiseman with a wrist injury.

Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) high fives Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23), guard-forward Kent Bazemore (26) and forward Kevon Looney (5) after scoring a three point basket and foul against the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors will welcome their former superstar Kevin Durant to the Oracle for the first time after his trade. They will hope to contain the explosive Nets’ offense.

Probable Lineup

Stephen Curry (G)

Kelly Oubre Jr. (G)

Andrew Wiggins (F)

Juan Toscano-Anderson (F)

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Draymond Green (C)

Predictions

The Golden State Warriors are lacking a genuine center for their upcoming game. They face an attacking juggernaut in the Nets who had torn them apart in the season opener.

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Given the dearth of quality defenders on both sides, it will be a very high-scoring game where the Nets will prevail as the winners.

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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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