Will Kyrie Irving & James Harden Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs: Predictions, Injury Updates, and Lineups

Published 05/12/2021, 2:14 PM EDT
Apr 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball against the New York Knicks during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs face off against the Eastern Conference powerhouse Brooklyn Nets tonight at 8:00 PM EST.


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Despite having their big two of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving available, the Nets lost four straight matches recently. However, they have made a resounding comeback this week with two successive wins. In their most recent outing against the Bulls, the Nets had a rather comfortable 115-107  victory. Everyone in the Nets chipped in with eight players scoring more than 10 points. If their role players can maintain this kind of form, the Nets will be a problem in the playoffs.

The San Antonio Spurs, meanwhile, pulled off a shock 146-125 victory against an Eastern Conference juggernaut in the Milwaukee Bucks. They had a great all-round performance against the Bucks as veterans like DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay had big time scoring performances while guards like Lonnie Walker and Dejounte Murray had great shooting nights. With the Pelicans without Zion losing games, the Spurs are looking like a lock for the upcoming play-in tournament. But they should be focused on winning at least two of their remaining games.


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The Nets might miss two of their stars in Kyrie Irving and James Harden against the Spurs, but their role players are showing great form lately and superstar Kevin Durant is available for them. Given the form of their role players and the offensive talent Durant is, the Nets have an edge over the Spurs in this match-up.

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Nets have some injury issues ahead of their game against the Spurs. Guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Chris Chiozza are sidelined with a knee and a hand injury, respectively. Kyrie Irving might be ruled out due to face injury he endured against Nikola Vucevic and the Bulls. Superstar James Harden is still questionable as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

May 4, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden calls out from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Mike James (G)

Landry Shamet (G)

Joe Harris (F)

Kevin Durant (F)

Blake Griffin (C)

San Antonio Spurs: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Spurs will miss 2 players due to injury concerns. Forward Trey Lyles and guard Derrick White are out indefinitely due to ankle injuries. Apart from that, they have a rather fit squad available against the Nets.

Feb 27, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) dribbles in against New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Dejounte Murray (G)

Devin Vassell (G)


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DeMar DeRozan (F)

Keldon Johnson (F)

Jakob Poetl (C)


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Who will win between the Brooklyn Nets and the San Antonio Spurs? Let us know in the comments below.


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.