Will Kyrie Irving and James Harden play tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks: Injury News, Lineup, and Prediction

Published 01/18/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) high fives forward Kevin Durant (7) during a time out in the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets will take on the Milwaukee Bucks in an Eastern Conference showdown. The game will be an exciting fixture, with three of the best players in the NBA on display in Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and James Harden. The Nets look invigorated after the James Harden trade, who dropped a 30-point triple-double in his debut as a Net.

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The Milwaukee Bucks, on the other hand, have been inconsistent this season. They currently hold a 9-4 record, the best in the Eastern conference, but have improved only recently. The Bucks are on a four-game winning streak so far and will be looking to make it five against Brooklyn.

With that in mind, take a look at the Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks matchup.

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Brooklyn Nets – Team News

Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) shoots over Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets will be without Kyrie Irving heading into this game. Irving continues to miss games in compliance with the NBA’s extensive COVID-19 protocol and is waiting to make his return to the team. Spencer Dinwiddie continues to be on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

Predicted Lineup: James Harden, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, DeAndre Jordan

Milwaukee Bucks – Team News

Jan 15, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with guard Jrue Holiday (21) against the Dallas Mavericks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks are at full strength going into the game. They have no injury problems and have all members of their roster fully available to play. This will be a great help, as many teams are struggling with injuries and COVID-19 protocols to field a full roster. The Bucks can distribute minutes evenly across the team to ensure no fatigue occurs.

Predicted Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks – Predictions

Jan 12, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) dunks against Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams enter this game with great form. While the Milwaukee Bucks come into the game with a four-game winning streak, the Nets have been re-energized with the addition of James Harden. Now paired with former teammate and fellow MVP Kevin Durant, Harden looks like he is back to his high-scoring ways.

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The two displayed excellent chemistry in the game against the Orlando Magic and could be a significant offensive threat to the Milwaukee Bucks

Prediction: James Harden and Kevin Durant lead the Nets to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks

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Who will win between the Nets and the Bucks? Will James Harden and Kevin Durant have enough to stop mighty Milwaukee? Or will the Bucks take advantage of the lack of defense from the Nets? That remains to be seen. But the game will be a thrilling fixture, with three former MVPs on the court.

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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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