Kevin Durant Available to Play Wednesday vs. Pelicans
April 7Matt LaMarcaSportsGrid
Durant has missed the Nets’ past 23 games due to a hamstring injury, but he will return to the court Wednesday vs. the Pelicans. He will likely have his minute’s monitored, but it’s a big development for the team that is currently favored to win the NBA Championship at +250 on FanDuel Sportsbook. Unfortunately, Durant’s return comes right as James Harden is shut down with a hamstring injury. He’s going to miss the next 10 days, and the team will re-evaluate his hamstring at that point.
With Harden out of the lineup, Durant and Kyrie Irving should be asked to carry the offense. Durant leads the team with an average of 1.39 FanDuel points per minute with Harden off the court this season, while Irving isn’t far behind at 1.36 FanDuel points per minute. Irving has increased his production to 1.49 FanDuel points per minute with Harden and Durant off the court, so he has massive upside vs. a Pelicans team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency.
The Nets are listed as nine-point favorites vs. the Pelicans on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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