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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn Nets Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

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551New Orleans Pelicans
552Brooklyn Nets

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The injury lists for the Brooklyn Nets and the New Orleans Pelicans are changing almost daily.

So it's unclear exactly who will be available to play on Wednesday in New York when the teams meet for the first time this season.

James Harden returned from a two-game absence to start the Nets' 114-112 win over the New York Knicks on Monday, only to exit after four minutes because of tightness in his hamstring.

Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said tests on the hamstring have been "clean," but the Nets will "err on the side of caution" by holding Harden out as long as he feels discomfort.

Forward Kevin Durant, who hasn't played since Feb. 13, attempted shots before the game against the Knicks. The Nets hope he is ready to play this week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, although Nash said Durant's return is "definitely not set in stone."

The Nets' Big Three of Harden, Durant and Kyrie Irving have played together just seven times since Harden was acquired from the Houston Rockets in January.

Irving scored 40 points on Monday to help Brooklyn overcome a 14-point deficit in its win against New York. The victory was the Nets' eighth straight at home.

Jeff Green matched his season high with 23 points, making 9 of 13 free throws -- including two that provided the winning points with 3.7 seconds left.

Joe Harris scored 16 points and Alize Johnson had 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

"It was a total team effort," Irving said. "A lot of guys stepped up, especially our bench. They came in and made a difference, and when we got guys out, injury bug, we need that more than ever."

Zion Williamson returned from a three-game absence due to a strained right thumb and had 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting in the Pelicans' 123-107 loss at Atlanta on Tuesday. He has scored at least 20 points in 25 consecutive games.

Lonzo Ball played his second game after a seven-game absence and Steven Adams returned from a one-game absence in a 122-115 victory at Houston on Sunday.

But Brandon Ingram has missed the past four games because of a toe injury, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who averaged 18.9 points while starting Ball's place, is out for at least two weeks because of an ankle injury sustained versus the Rockets.

Kira Lewis Jr. has missed the past two games because of calf injury and Josh Hart will miss at least three weeks after undergoing thumb surgery.

New Orleans added some help by signing guard Isaiah Thomas, who made his debut against the Hawks. He had 10 points (on 4-of-13 shooting) in 25 minutes during his first NBA game since Feb. 3, 2020.

"I thought he played fine, certainly as well as you could expect for somebody who hasn't played in a year," Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Atlanta set the record for more made 3-pointers in one quarter without missing when it sunk all 11 attempts in the third quarter. The Hawks finished 20 of 31 for the game, while the Pelicans sank 12 of 38 shots from 3-point range.

"Look at the two teams' 3-point shooting," Van Gundy said. "There's the game right there."

--Field Level Media

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Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • Brooklyn L 134 - 129
  • @New York L 112 - 122
  • @Washington L 115 - 117
  • New York L 116 - 106
  • Sacramento W 110 - 117
  • @Cleveland W 116 - 109
  • Philadelphia W 94 - 101
  • @Brooklyn L 111 - 139
  • @Atlanta L 107 - 123
  • @Houston W 122 - 115
W 56% L 44%
5 4
  • @New Orleans W 134 - 129
  • @Miami L 107 - 109
  • Charlotte W 115 - 130
  • @Philadelphia L 117 - 123
  • @Minnesota W 127 - 97
  • @Minnesota D 0 - 0
  • L.A. Lakers L 126 - 101
  • New Orleans W 111 - 139
  • New York W 112 - 114
  • @Chicago L 107 - 115

Next Games

  • @Orlando(08-13-20) L 127 - 133
  • San Antonio(01-25-21) D 0 - 0
  • L.A. Clippers(03-14-21) W 115 - 135
  • @Denver(03-21-21) W 113 - 108
  • @Toronto(08-19-20) L 99 - 104
  • Boston(03-11-21) W 109 - 121
  • Phoenix(12-23-18) W 103 - 111
  • @Toronto(08-19-20) L 99 - 104

Last Meetings

  • Nets @ Pelicans 134-129
  • Pelicans @ Nets 111-139
  • Pelicans @ Nets 99-68
  • Pelicans @ Nets 121-126
  • Nets @ Pelicans 115-117
  • Pelicans @ Nets 138-128
  • Nets @ Pelicans 113-128
  • Nets @ Pelicans 143-114
  • Pelicans @ Nets 104-95
  • Pelicans @ Nets 106-87

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers3918.684 22-617-12113.4108.4L17-0-3
Brooklyn Nets3919.672 23-716-12119.1114.4L16-0-4
New York Knicks3227.542 19-1013-17106.2104.3L28-0-2
Boston Celtics3127.534 18-1113-16112.4110.4L18-0-2
Toronto Raptors2434.414 14-1510-19112.0111.3L26-0-4
Milwaukee Bucks3522.614 18-1017-12119.3113.2L25-0-5
Indiana Pacers2631.456 9-1717-14113.5114.4L35-0-5
Chicago Bulls2433.421 11-1813-15112.0113.2L55-0-5
Cleveland Cavaliers2037.351 11-169-21103.8111.0L33-0-7
Detroit Pistons1840.310 11-167-24107.6111.3L14-0-6

Western Conference

Utah Jazz4315.741 26-317-12116.9107.7L16-0-4
Denver Nuggets3720.649 20-1017-10115.7110.3L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3224.571 16-1216-12114.3114.7L14-0-6
Oklahoma City Thunder2038.345 9-2011-18105.3114.3L111-0-10
Minnesota Timberwolves1543.259 10-195-24110.2118.1L13-0-7
Phoenix Suns4116.719 23-918-7114.7108.2L18-0-2
Los Angeles Clippers4019.678 23-817-11115.0108.1L18-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3523.603 17-1318-10109.9106.1L15-0-5
Golden State Warriors2929.500 17-1012-19112.9113.3L16-0-4
Sacramento Kings2334.404 12-1611-18114.3118.6L91-0-9

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks3226.552 16-1116-15113.4111.2L18-0-2
Miami Heat3028.517 17-1313-15106.5107.4L36-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2829.491 14-1214-17110.0111.4L14-0-6
Washington Wizards2433.421 13-1611-17114.0118.1L17-0-3
Orlando Magic1840.310 10-208-20104.2112.0L31-0-9

Western Conference

Dallas Mavericks3026.536 13-1417-12111.3110.0L25-0-5
Memphis Grizzlies2927.518 13-1616-11113.8112.2L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2828.500 12-1816-10110.6111.1L24-0-6
New Orleans Pelicans2533.431 16-159-18114.7115.4L44-0-6
Houston Rockets1543.259 7-218-22107.9114.9L12-0-8

Last Injuries

Brooklyn Nets

  • Kevin Durant

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Durant was absent from the previous game with a left thigh contusion, and it is undetermined if he will participate in Wednesday's clash against the Raptors.

  • Chris Chiozza

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Chiozza has missed the last four games with a right hand fracture, and it is unclear if he will play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

  • Nicolas Claxton

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Claxton missed the last game while going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, and it is unknown if he will be available for Wednesday's battle with the Raptors.

  • Reggie Perry

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Perry was held out of the last contest as he is enrolled in the NBA's health and safety protocols, and it has yet to be established if he will face the Raptors on Wednesday.

  • James Harden

    Out indefinitely | out

    Harden is sidelined with a right hamstring strain, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.

  • Kyrie Irving

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Irving was absent from the previous game while tending to a personal matter, and it is undetermined if he will be active against the 76ers on Wednesday.

  • Kevin Durant

    Out Wed | out

    Durant will not take the court versus the 76ers on Wednesday, as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Landry Shamet

    Prob Sat | probable

    Shamet has missed the previous two contests with a right ankle injury, but it is projected that he will face the Lakers on Saturday.

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Jaxson Hayes

    Prob Sun | probable

    Hayes was lifted from the previous contest due to back spasms, but it is projected that he will be active Sunday versus the Knicks.

  • Lonzo Ball

    Prob Fri | probable

    Ball has missed the last four contests due to a left hip flexor strain, and it is projected that he will be active versus the Wizards on Friday.

  • Kira Lewis Jr.

    Prob Fri | probable

    Lewis Jr. was held out of the last three games with a right calf strain, but he is projected to be in the line up against the 76ers on Friday.

  • Jaxson Hayes

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Hayes missed the last contest with a ankle injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will be in the lineup versus the 76ers on Friday.

  • Brandon Ingram

    Out indefinitely | out

    Ingram is sidelined due to right toe inflammation, and there is no timetable for his return.