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James Harden available to make Nets debut Saturday vs. Magic

The Beard has been cleared to make his debut for Brooklyn.

James Harden of the Houston Rockets warms up prior to facing the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas.  Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Brooklyn Nets announced Saturday afternoon that All-Star guard James Harden will be available to make his team debut against the Orlando Magic this weekend. The Nets tip-off against the Magic at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday and Harden should be in the starting lineup for his first game with Brooklyn. The four-team trade that sent Harden to the Nets from the Houston Rockets was finalized on Saturday, clearing the way for Harden to debut.

Harden is $10,600 on DraftKings and we shouldn’t expect him to be limited at all in his first game for the Nets. Brooklyn is favored by 8.5 points and with Harden this game could get ugly pretty fast, so that would be the only reason I would shy off of playing The Beard in DFS. Kevin Durant ($10,000) also takes a bit of a hit but we’ll see what type of usage him and Harden get on the court together. So the starting lineup should look like Bruce Brown, James Harden, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan.