Will Kevin Durant Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings: Injury Updates, Lineups and Predictions

Published 02/15/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Jan 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the first quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets extend their stay in California as they face the Sacramento Kings tonight. The Kings play host at the Golden 1 Center and the teams will go head to head at 10 pm EST tonight.

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The Nets beat the Warriors in their last game in a convincing 17-point win. Their season hasn’t gone as they would have expected, as their record is just 16-12. The Kings went on an excellent four-game winning streak which took their record to 12-11. But they lost momentum after that run and are currently on a three-game losing streak, which has got their record to 12-14 now.

Brooklyn Nets expected lineup

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The Nets could be in for an injury crisis tonight. Kevin Durant is out with a hamstring injury, while DeAndre Jordan’s return isn’t confirmed yet. But he is likely to be back in the lineup after missing their last game against the Warriors. Iman Shumpert is also out with a hamstring injury.

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a free throw attempt by the Nets against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

They could start with Kyrie Irving and James Harden as their guards, Bruce Brown and Joe Harris as their forwards, and De’Andre Jordan as their center. If Jordan is unable to return in time, it will force the Nets to go small, with Jeff Green as their center.

Sacramento Kings expected lineup

The Kings only have one player on the injury list in Marvin Bagley III. He is listed as questionable due to a calf injury. But he could make a return tonight after being ruled out of the last two games.

Feb 7, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) shoot against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Their lineup will feature De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield as their guards, Harrison Barnes and Marvin Bagley III as their forwards, with Richaun Holmes as their center.

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Predictions

This could be a scary game for the Nets. Losing Durant is already a huge miss, and if Jordan joins him on the injury list, then they could be in trouble. With Harden and Irving, their offense can still be a threat, but containing the Kings’ big men won’t be easy. Their guards will also have to step up defensively against the threat of Fox and Tyrese Haliburton.

The Nets have turned a few losses into wins via their offensive excellence. But the absence of Durant hints that a Kings’ upset win is likely on the cards.

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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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