Will LeBron James & Kevin Durant Play Tonight? Nets vs Lakers: Predictions, Injury Updates & Lineups

Published 04/10/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
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The going isn’t getting any easy for the short-handed Lakers as they travel to Brooklyn to face the mighty Nets on their tough road trip through the Eastern Conference. While the Nets rule the East now, the Lakers are down all the way to fifth, and they will attempt to prevent a further slide in the table.

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Date & Time: April 10, 2021, 7:30 pm ET

Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn

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Mar 16, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) wears a face mask in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Brooklyn Nets

Over the course of their last 10 games, the Nets have lost just twice. When Kevin Durant was out, James Harden was carrying them to victories. But since the Beard got injured last week, Kyrie Irving has taken the mantle for them.

And now Kevin Durant is back, as well. In their 139-111 win over the Pelicans, KD came off the bench and scored 17 points in just 19 minutes of action. Although the Nets will have him under a minutes restriction, he is likely to be re-instated into the starting lineup.

Injury report – Spencer Dinwiddie (Out; Right knee ACL), James Harden (Out, Right hamstring strain), Tyler Johnson (Out, Right knee soreness)

Starting 5 for the Nets

Guard – Kyrie Irving

Guard – Joe Harris

Center – LaMarcus Aldridge

Forward – Bruce Brown Jr.

Forward – Kevin Durant

Preview | Los Angeles Lakers

In contrast to the Nets, the last 10 games don’t make very good reading for the Lakers. They have lost six times in the absence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

LeBron recently hinted at the duo’s potential return on social media. Though it is unlikely, they may take to the floor this week. So, the likes of Schroder, Kuzma, and Drummond need to showcase their credentials tonight in their absence.

Injury Report – Anthony Davis (Out; Right calf strain), LeBron James (Out; Right ankle sprain), Jared Dudley (Out; Right MCL tear), Marc Gasol (Questionable; Left hamstring tightness), Alex Caruso (Questionable; Left knee soreness), Kyle Kuzma (Questionable; Left calf strain)

Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) talk during a break in the action against the Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Starting 5 for the Lakers

Guard – Dennis Schroder

Guard – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Center – Andre Drummond

Forward – Markieff Morris

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Forward – Wesley Matthews

Pick | Brooklyn Nets

It is hard to look past the Nets as the overwhelming favorites for this encounter. They have been blowing their opponents off the court this season, and we can’t see a reason why they won’t dish out the same punishment to an under-manned Lakers team.

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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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