Will Kevin Durant Play Tonight? Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets: Preview, Injury Report & Predictions

Published 02/06/2021, 12:00 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 Philadelphia 76ers will host the Brooklyn Nets in this blockbuster clash in the East. While the 76ers lie at the top of the table with a 16-7 record, the Nets are as much of an NBA title contender as them, if not the favorites from the Conference, even with a worse 14-10 record currently.

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Date & Time: February 6, 2021, 8pm ET

Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

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Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) celebrates with guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) after scoring the game winning basket during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Philadelphia 76ers

They are coming to this contest after snapping their four-game winning streak with a loss against the Portland Trail Blazers, making it evident how much Ben Simmons‘ contribution goes beyond the stat sheet.

Simmons missed the game with calf tightness. The team missed his presence on both ends of the floor, and they could not get many open looks at the basket without him. While he does not take threes, one cannot underestimate his ability to create them with his penetration inside the paint. He will likely be fit and available for this encounter to wreak alongside MVP candidate Joel Embiid.

Starting 5 for the Philadelphia 76ers

Guard – Ben Simmons

Guard – Seth Curry

Center – Joel Embiid

Forward – Tobias Harris

Forward – Danny Green

Preview | Brooklyn Nets

The Nets are also coming into this game with a 117-123 loss against the Toronto Raptors. However, the focus of that game wasn’t the result but the situation surrounding Kevin Durant. There was confusion at the start of the game if the officials should pull him out after he came in close contact with a person who returned inconclusive tests, while KD himself tested negative three times.

However, they allowed him to play on as the league’s health and safety protocols do not stipulate a quarantine for players until the contact in question tests positive. But during the third quarter, while the officials were reviewing a foul call, he was removed from the court after the person in question returned a positive test.

This was baffling to Steve Nash & Co. Now, the league is reviewing the call after KD’s criticism and he could be out for several games if they confirm his quarantine.

Starting 5 for the Brooklyn Nets

Guard – Kyrie Irving

Guard – James Harden

Center – DeAndre Jordan

Forward – Joe Harris

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Forward – Bruce Brown Jr.

Predictions | Sixers vs Nets

Without their best player, Kevin Durant, the Nets will be the underdogs against a Sixers side that will be bolstered by the return of Ben Simmons. Irving and Harden will need to step up and have a big night if they want to have a sniff at victory.

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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.

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