Will Kevin Durant and James Harden Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks – Team News, Lineups, and Predictions

The Brooklyn Nets take on the New York Knicks in an important game tonight. For the Nets, they have been one of the best teams in the NBA this season. Despite missing Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving have carried the team to one of the best records in the NBA. However, Kevin Durant is tipped to return soon, and could even make an appearance during the game.

Meanwhile, the Knick have continued to put in a good performance this year. Head coach Tom Thibodeau has been a breath of fresh air for the franchise. Julius Randle has continued his excellent season and is finally showing the Knicks why he was brought in as a big-money signing. The Knicks will be hoping to secure a playoff spot by the end of the regular season.

With that in mind, take a look at the Nets taking on the Knicks.

Brooklyn Nets – Team News

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets have a few injury

concerns heading into the game. Kevin Durant is listed as doubtful for the game against the Knicks, but there is a chance he will make an appearance. James Harden could also make his return, after missing the last game against the Bulls. Tyler Johnson and Landry Shamet are also doubtful for the game.

READ MORE: ‘Changing the Game of Basketball’: WNBA Legend Sue Bird Expresses Admiration for Kyrie Irving and Steph Curry

Predicted Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Bruce Brown, Joe Harris, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge

New York Knicks – Team News

Feb 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks’ Julius Randle (30) is congratulated by teammates Taj Gibson (67) and Immanuel Quickley (5) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jason DeCrow/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks have one major absence in their team. Mitchell Robinson has been ruled out for the rest of the season, thanks to a metatarsal injury. However, the rest of the team is fully fit, and Tom Thibodeau will have all his options to choose from.

Julius Randle will be expected to lead the team, while star rookie Immanuel Quickley will be given some minutes.

Predicted Lineup: Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett, Reggie Bullock, Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel

Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks – Prediction

The Brooklyn Nets just suffered a loss to the Chicago Bulls. The absence of both Kevin Durant and James Harden meant Kyrie Irving was expected to carry the load for the team. The Knicks had an impressive win against the Detroit Pistons this weekend and could look to continue that form. However, if either Kevin Durant or James Harden returns tonight, the Knicks will struggle.

Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) high fives forward Kevin Durant (7) during a time out in the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

READ MORE: Steve Nash Keeps Brooklyn Nets Fans Guessing About Kevin Durant’s Return

Prediction – The Knicks are able to eke out a win over the Nets, who don’t get Harden or Durant back in time.

Who do you think will win between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets?

Get notified about breaking news and watch highlights on the go; join the Arena on NBA Hoops