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Brooklyn Nets vs Indiana Pacers: Injury Updates, Predicted Lineups and Starting 5s – March 17th, 2021 | NBA Season 2020-21




2020-21 NBA title candidates, Brooklyn Nets were in great shape as they take over Indiana Pacers in their next match.

The Brooklyn Nets have seen some top performances from such James Harden i Kyrie Irving, with the former accumulating another triple-double in the Nets ’win over the New York Knicks in their final outing.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers come into this match with a defeat against the Denver Nuggets. They have been boosted by the return of some key players in recent weeks, but they need a series of wins to get their play-off offer back on track. The Indiana Pacers are currently 10th in the Western Conference after the start of the 17-21 season.

Updates on Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers injuries

Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Durant
The absence of Kevin Durant led to some great appearances by James Harden for the Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets had hoped for Kevin Durant’s return after the All-Star break, but a tendon injury means it won’t happen for a few more weeks. Meanwhile, Spencer Dinwiddie, who has been the subject of NBA trade rumors, remains a longtime absentee of the Brooklyn Nets, while Blake Griffin is also on the sidelines for a few more games.

Still, the Brooklyn Nets relied on the consistency of James Harden, who had an impact on both ends of the field. Kyrie Irving also achieved great performance as the Brooklyn Nets started the second half of the season just as they finished the first.

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have fought for offensive consistency and need a little more off their bench to deal with stronger opponents. The Brooklyn Nets should be a great defense test that regularly gives out extra buckets.

The return of Caris LeVert is reinforced by the Indiana Pacers, who for now look somehow the best of him.

Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon are producing more than 20 points per game and will need to announce huge performances to help their team beat the Nets.

Brooklyn Nets – Indiana Pacers, scheduled lineups

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets should stick to the same lineup as last time. In Durant’s absence, Harden and Irving led the team to three consecutive wins after the All-Star break.

The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly in the defense reinforcements market, but have shown a big improvement in overall intensity compared to the first few weeks of the season. The introduction of Blake Griffin, along with the return of Kevin Durant, could at least make them scary outfits.

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers will need big performances by Sabonis and Brogdon.
The Indiana Pacers will need big performances by Sabonis and Brogdon.

In addition to Caris LeVert, Jeremy Lamb is also expected to play after missed games due to injury. TJ Warren is their only long-term absence, while the Indiana Pacers tend to lose intensity at both ends of the field in the middle of the game.

Their bench was not in the best shape, despite Doug McDermott scoring regular points. The eventual return of Jeremy Lamb should make things a little easier, but the Indiana Pacers are entering as solid authors in this game.

The Brooklyn Nets – Indiana Pacers predicted a 5s start

Brooklyn Nets

G – James Harden, G – Kyrie Irving, F – Joe Harris, F – Jeff Green, C – DeAndre Jordan.

Indiana Pacers

G – Malcolm Brogdon, G – Justin Holiday, F – Caris LeVert, F – Domantas Sabonis, C – Myles Turner.

Posted March 16, 2021, 6:23 PM IST