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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 4): Zion Williamson Ruled Out, Lonzo Ball Active Sunday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 4): Zion Williamson Ruled Out, Lonzo Ball Active Sunday article feature image

Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Sunday’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.

NBA Injury News

6:30 p.m. ET Update: Lonzo Ball will play Sunday after missing the past seven games due to a strained hip flexor. The Pelicans will be without Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Kira Lewis Jr. and Josh Hart on Sunday

1:30 p.m. ET Update: Andre Drummond will sit for the second straight game on Sunday with a toe injury. Joel Embiid is out on the second half of a back-to-back. Zach LaVine will play Sunday despite a sprained ankle.

1 p.m. ET Update: Trae Young and Danilo Gallinari have been cleared to return to Atlanta’s lineup after missing the past two Hawks games.

Isaiah Thomas, who recently signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, won’t be available to play Sunday because of the health and safety protocols. Colby White has been ruled out with a neck injury.

The Brooklyn Nets have ruled out James Harden in their matchup with the Chicago Bulls Sunday. Harden will miss his second straight game due to a tight right hamstring. Kevin Durant will also sit out but has an outside shot to play on Monday in the second leg of the back-to-back.

The Los Angeles Lakers have listed Andre Drummond as questionable for Sunday’s game against the LA Clippers. Drummond sustained a toe injury in his debut and missed the Lakers’ game against the Sacramento Kings on Friday. On the other side of that matchup, Rajon Rondo is listed as probable and expected to make his Clippers debut Sunday, according to head coach Tyronn Lue.

The Philadelphia 76ers are monitoring Joel Embiid after he made his return to the court on Saturday. Sixers head coach Rivers said after Saturday’s game that he isn’t sure if Embiid will play Sunday in the second leg of a back-to-back. Rivers said the Sixers will “be more cautious than aggressive”, although that doesn’t necessarily mean Embiid will sit.

Jaylen Brown is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets after leaving the Celtics’ previous game with a bruised knee. Gordon Hayward will also miss that game with a right foot sprain that is expected to keep him sidelined for at least four weeks.

The New Orleans Pelicans have a lengthy injury report ahead of their game with the Houston Rockets. Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are all questionable. Ingram and Williamson have missed back-to-back games and Ball has been out for seven straight games. Kira Lewis Jr. is also doubtful due to a strained right calf.

Trae Young and Danilo Gallinari are both questionable ahead of Sunday’s game against the Warriors after both were unable to play in the win on Friday. Young sat out with a sore knee and Gallinari is hampered by a sore left Achilles.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls (2 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – Bruce Brown
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Jeff Green
C – LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury news: James Harden (hamstring) is out

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Tomas Satoransky
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Zach LaVine (Ankle) is active, Coby White (neck) is out

Los Angeles Lakers vs. LA Clippers (3:30 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – Kyle Kuzma
PF – Markieff Morris
C – Marc Gasol

Injury news: Andre Drummond (Toe) is out; Wesley Matthews (neck) is questionable

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Rajon Rondo (adductor) is probable

Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics (6 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Miles Bridges
PF – PJ Washington
C – Bismack Biyombo

Injury news: Gordon Hayward (foot) is out for at least four weeks

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Jaylen Brown (Knee) is questionable

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Kyle Anderson
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Justise Winslow (thigh) is out

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Mike Scott

Injury news: Joel Embiid (Knee) is out

Golden State Warriors vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Draymond Green (Finger) and Stephen Curry (tailbone) are available and Eric Paschall (hip) is out

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Kevin Huerter
PF – Solomon Hill
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Trae Young (Knee) and Danilo Gallinari (Achilles) are active; De’Andre Hunter (knee) is out

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Naji Marshall
PF – James Johnson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Brandon Ingram (Toe) and Zion Williamson (Thumb) are out; Lonzo Ball (Hip) is active

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SG – Sterling Brown
SF – Danuel House
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: John Wall (knee) is out

Orlando Magic vs. Denver Nuggets (10 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Michael Carter-Williams
SG – Dwayne Bacon
SF – James Ennis
PF – Chuma Okeke
C – Khem Birch

Injury news: Michael Carter-Williams (Illness) and Khem Birch (Illness) are questionable

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PPG – Jamal Murray
SG – Will Barton
SF – Aaron Gordon
PF – Michael Porter Jr.
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Monte Morris (quad) is questionable

Phan’s Bet to Watch

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