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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 21): Alec Burks Likely to Return to Knicks Lineup Thursday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 21): Alec Burks Likely to Return to Knicks Lineup Thursday article feature image

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Alec Burks #18 of the New York Knicks.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Thursday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.

Thursday’s NBA Injury News

The New York Knicks will likely be down one key cog in their already tight rotation, but could see another one return on Thursday. Alec Burks has been upgraded to probable heading into Thursday’s contest after missing the past 12 games due to a sprained ankle. Austin Rivers has a sore Achilles and has been listed as doubtful.

The Los Angeles Lakers continue to procedurally list several players on the injury report: LeBron James (ankle) is once again questionable, while Anthony Davis (ankle), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle), and Wesley Matthews (Achilles) are all probable. James, Davis, and Caldwell-Pope have each started the Lakers’ past five games despite being on the injury report.

Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real time updates.

Thursday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Lakers at Milwaukee Bucks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – LeBron James
PF – Anthony Davis
C – Marc Gasol

Injury news:LeBron James (ankle) is questionable, Anthony Davis (ankle), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle), and Wesley Matthews (Achilles) are probable.

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Donte DiVincenzo
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannas Antetokounmpo
C – Brook Lopez

Injury news: Nothing new

New Orleans Pelicans at Utah Jazz (10 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Nothing new.

Jazz Projected Lineup

PG – Mike Conley
SG – Donovan Mitchell
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic
PF – Royce O’Neale
C – Rudy Gobert

Injury news: Nothing new.

New York Knicks at Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: Alec Burks (ankle) is probable, Austin Rivers (Achilles) and Frank Ntilikina (knee) are doubtful.

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – James Wiseman

Injury news: Nothing new.

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 9 a.m. ET, Justin Phan sees betting value in one Thursday game: LA Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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