New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets Health Preview: Julius Randle Out vs Ailing Nets

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Knicks vs Nets injury report preview for NBA game on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.
Knicks vs Nets injury report preview for NBA game on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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The Brooklyn Nets - 84.3 Team Health Score - will be without Ben Simmons for the rest of the regular season, and may also miss Seth Curry as he recovers from a lingering ankle issue. Brooklyn has gone 2-3 with Kyrie Irving as a full-time player, with the two wins coming against the Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets. Irving scored 42 points on 24 shots Tuesday, his sixth 30-point game in his last 12 appearances. 

Goran Dragic and James Johnson both missed Tuesday’s game with an illness – Dragic Covid-19 and Johnson non-Covid – and are both in danger of missing Wednesday’s matchup as well. Curry is listed as questionable, but is not expected to play.

Cam Thomas scored 13 points off the bench and will get extended run if Curry sits. 

Bruce Brown, who is starting in place of Curry and Joe Harris, has scored in double-digits in 14 of his last 15 games, adding at least 5 rebounds in 10 of those games. 

The New York Knicks - 82.9 Team Health Score - have remained a stingy opponent as their disappointing season comes to a close, going 10-6 since March 6, and will attempt to further spoil the Nets’ campaign on Wednesday night.

Forward Julius Randle will reportedly miss the rest of the season with a quadriceps injury, and has not played since March 31. He suffered the injury on March 20 and missed the next next games before returning for three games. 

Randle joins Cam Reddish, Derrick Rose, and Kemba Walker as Knicks who will miss the remainder of the season. Center Nerlens Noel has also been ruled out.

Young guards Quentin Grimes and Miles McBride are both listed as questionable for the game. Grimes has missed 13 of the last 19 games since suffering a right patella subluxation on Feb. 25 and returned from his most recent absence on Sunday. 

RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley have led the charge for the Knicks through all of their turmoil. Barrett is averaging 25.1 points and 6.3 rebounds since the All-Star break, while Quickley is adding 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists on .452/.404/.863 shooting splits in his last 21 games, scoring in double figures in 17 of those contests.

Obi Toppin, meanwhile, has emerged in the absence of Randle, scoring 14.3 points and grabbing 5.3 rebounds on 25.7 minutes per game over his last eight contests.

Best FanDuel Plays:

Nets -5 - Even though Brooklyn played last night against the Rockets, the Nets need every game at this point and their two top scorers are healthy.

Drummond O9.5 points - He's hit this mark in three of the last five games and will get extra shots with James Johnson likely out.

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