Brooklyn Nets vs Charlotte Hornets: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

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Despite acquiring Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, last season the Brooklyn Nets had mediocre results. Well, both Durant and Irving were sidelined for the most part, but this year they are back. With the dynamic duo leading the charge, the Nets have a good chance of winning it all.

In fact, they are off to a fantastic start this year, winning both of their fixtures so far. Furthermore, the Durant-Irving duo has terrific chemistry and has been playing just phenomenally.

This Sunday, the Nets will take on the Charlotte Hornets and will be looking forward to extending their win streak to 3.

The Hornets have started their season in an extremely uncharacteristic manner. Charlotte is struggling for the first win of the season, along with dealing with injury troubles. On that note, let’s have a look at the injury updates and the expected lineups for both sides.

Brooklyn Nets injury updates and predicted lineup

So far Kevin Durant has proved that he is still one of the best players in the league. Returning from a gruesome injury, KD is putting on a show for NBA fans. Additionally, with Kyrie Irving at his side, the duo is a lethal weapon for first-time Head Coach Steve Nash.

Dec 18, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball away from Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the Hornets’ matchup, there are no players listed injured and they should be at their 100% strength. So the expected lineup for the Nets is Kyrie Irving (G), Spencer Dinwiddie (G), Joe Harris (F), Kevin Durant (F), and DeAndre Jordan (C).

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Charlotte Hornets injury updates and predicted lineup

This year, the Hornets have placed their trust in 2 players – LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward. But as of now, that strategy is failing for them. LaMelo is struggling to get going, but he might bounce back in the upcoming game as he gains more experience.

Dec 14, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) shoots during the first half against the Toronto Raptors at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Hayward still might take some time to get back in his groove as he recovers from an injury. Speaking of injuries, Grant Riller is still listed as day to day after missing the Thursday night game against the Thunder.

Keeping everything in mind, the predicted lineup for the Hornets is Terry Rozier (G), Devonte’ Graham (G), Gordon Hayward (F), PJ Washington (F), and Bismack Biyombo (C).

Game Prediction

The Nets should have no problem in winning the third game of the season. They have a better lineup with much more experience compared to the Hornets. Furthermore, the Hornets have no answer for the duo of Durant and Irving.

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