Will Kevin Durant Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Orlando Magic: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 02/25/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) stands next to head coach Steve Nash after exiting a game against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets return to action tonight as they host the Orlando Magic. They are in excellent form and have won their last seven games, including some big wins against the Lakers and Clippers. The Magic were just building momentum and were on a three-game winning streak, but lost surprisingly to the Pistons in their last game.


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Date & Time: February 25, 2021, 7:30pm ET

Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn


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Preview | Brooklyn Nets

The Nets became the most dangerous team in the league when they traded for James Harden. They retained this title with their recent exploits which have come in the absence of Kevin Durant. Kyrie Irving and Harden have stepped up as leaders and are leading them to big wins.

Jan 25, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) and head coach Steve Nash talk against the Miami Heat during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Landry Shamet (chest), Jeff Green (shoulder), and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (hip) are listed as questionable for the game, while Durant (hamstring) is still out.

Starting 5 for the Brooklyn Nets

Guard – Kyrie Irving

Guard – James Harden

Forward – Bruce Brown

Forward – Joe Harris

Center – DeAndre Jordan

Preview | Orlando Magic

The Magic have been the unluckiest team with recurring injuries to their important players. They started the season without Jonathan Isaac, lost an in-form Markelle Fultz next, followed by Aaron Gordon, and rookie Cole Anthony being the latest to join the injury list. Isaac and Fultz will not return this season while Gordon and Anthony will need a few more weeks.

Jan 31, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) drives to the basket around center Nikola Vucevic (9) and Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis (middle) during the second half at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for the Orlando Magic

Guard – Michael Carter-Williams

Guard – Evan Fournier

Forward – James Ennis III

Forward – Al-Farouq Aminu

Center – Nikola Vucevic


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Predictions | Nets vs Magic

The only threat the Magic pose is Vucevic going up against Jordan. But the Nets’ big man has been in brilliant form recently, which could make it an interesting matchup. Except for the Montenegrin, the Magic are lacklustre on offense so the Nets won’t have a lot of trouble.

They will be expected to coast through, and it will be their 22nd win of the season. This helps the second seed Nets to continue to apply pressure on the 76ers, who have looked shaky at the top. It is likely the Nets will finish as the number one seed when the season ends.


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Aaron Mathew

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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.