Will Kevin Durant Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Atlanta Hawks: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/27/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) drives the ball around Atlanta Hawks point guard Brandon Goodwin (0) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets face the Atlanta Hawks tonight, in their third clash of the season. The Hawks play the host this time, as the Nets travel to play at the State Farm Arena for their 7:30 pm EST encounter.

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The Nets are already playing their 20th game of the season. They haven’t completely lived up to expectations so far and are sitting with an 11-8 record currently. The Nets beat the Heat twice in a row, two wins they badly needed following two embarrassing losses against the Cavs.

The Hawks beat the Clippers last night, but Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were both absent. But with that win, they have now won four of their last five games and they will be in good spirits tonight.

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Brooklyn Nets expected lineup

The Nets have just two players on their injury list, one of whom is Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) who is ruled out for the season. But not having Nicolas Claxton (knee) hurts them since they have a lack of big men. The rest of the team is healthy.

Jan 23, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) dribbles against Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (left) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

They will have an unchanged lineup featuring Kyrie Irving and James Harden as the guards, Joe Harris and Kevin Durant as the forwards, and DeAndre Jordan as the center.

Atlanta Hawks expected lineup

Cameron Reddish (Achilles) hasn’t returned for the Hawks yet and has been listed as questionable. The Hawks will be eager for Danilo Gallinari to gain full fitness so he can return to the starting lineup. In their last few games, he has been eased in and has had short cameos.

Jan 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) celebrates with teammates DeÕAndre Hunter (12) and John Collins (left) after a play against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Their lineup will feature Trae Young and Kevin Huerter as their guards, De’Andre Hunter and John Collins as their guards, with Clint Capela as their center.

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Predictions

Despite being the underdogs, the Hawks will fight hard. They beat them once before and will be eager to do it again. Although the Nets have added James Harden since then, they have lost Jarrett Allen. The Hawks’ center Capela is in incredible form, and Jordan will have a tough time neutralizing that threat.

There is a slender chance for the Hawks, but the Nets’ offense could overpower the Hawks. It is likely to be a close game and is definitely going to be a treat to watch.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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