NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (December 10): Deandre Ayton Out vs. Celtics Friday

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

NBA Injury News

8:30 p.m. ET: Deandre Ayton has been ruled out of Friday’s game against the Celtics with a non-Covid illness.


7:30 p.m. ET Update: D’Angelo Russell has been ruled out with an ankle injury. LeBron James, Patrick Beverley and Giannis Antetokounmpo are available to play.


7 p.m. ET Update: Anthony Davis and George Hill have been ruled out Friday.


George Hill is listed as questionable as he continues to deal with a hyperextended knee that has sidelined him for three games. Giannis Antetokounmpo is probable with a quad contusion.

Anthony Davis is questionable ahead of Friday’s back-to-back against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a sore left knee. LeBron James is probable as he manages his abdominal injury.

Deandre Ayton is questionable is questionable for the Phoenix Suns ahead of their matchup with the Boston Celtics on national TV. Ayton is dealing with a non-Covid illness and the Suns are already down Devin Booker who has been sidelined since injuring his hamstring against the Golden State Warriors.

D’Angelo Russell is questionable to play Friday with a sore right ankle. Russell has already sat out back-to-back games with the injury. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Tyrese Haliburton
SF – Terence Davis
PF – Harrison Barnes
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Richaun Holmes (Eye) is out

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Gordon Hayward
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Cody Martin
PF – Miles Bridges
C – Vernon Carey

Injury news: PJ Washington (Illness) and Nick Richards (Illness) is out; Terry Rozier, Ish Smith, Mason Plumlee, Jalen McDaniels and LaMelo Ball are out due to COVID Protocols

Dallas Mavericks vs. Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Reggie Bullock
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Kristaps Porzingis
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Sterling Brown (Foot) and Willie Cauley-Stein (Personal) are out

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Chris Duarte
SF – Caris LeVert
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Justin Holiday (COVID Protocols) and TJ McConnell (Wrist) are out

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Patty Mills
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – DeAndre Bembry
C – LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury news: Nothing new

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Kevin Huerter
SF – Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Cam Reddish (Wrist) is available; Bogdan Bogdanovic (Ankle) and De’Andre Hunter (Wrist) are out

New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Alec Burks
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Nerlens Noel (Back) is available

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Fred VanVleet
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – Scottie Barnes
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Chris Boucher

Injury news:and Justin Champagnie (Knee) is available; Precious Achiuwa (Shoulder), OG Anunoby (Hip) and Khem Birch (Knee) are out

Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Killian Hayes
SG – Cade Cunningham
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Isaiah Stewart

Injury news: Killian Hayes (Thumb) is available

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Josh Hart
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Herbert Jones
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Zion Williamson (Foot) is out; Kira Lewis (Knee) will miss the rest of the season

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF -Lauri Markkanen
PF – Evan Mobley
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Dylan Windler (Calf) is out

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Malik Beasley
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Patrick Beverley (Adductor) is available; D’Angelo Russell (Ankle) is out

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Avery Bradley
SF – Talen Horton-Tucker
PF – LeBron James
C – Dwight Howard

Injury news: LeBron James (Abdominal) is available; Anthony Davis (Knee) is out

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Lu Dort
SF – Josh Giddey
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Injury news: Nothing new

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Bobby Portis

Injury news:  Giannis Antetokounmpo (Quad) is available; George Hill (Knee) is out

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Armoni Brooks
SG – Eric Gordon
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Danuel House (Ankle), Kevin Porter Jr. (Thigh), Usman Garuba (Thigh) and Jalen Green (Hamstring) are out

Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroeder
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Al Horford
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Dennis Schroder (Ankle) is questionable; Jaylen Brown (Hamstring) and Bruno Fernando (Back) are out

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Landry Shamet
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – JaVale McGee

Injury news: Deandre Ayton (Illness) and Devin Booker (Hamstring) are out


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