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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 15): Friday’s Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves Game Postponed

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 15): Friday’s Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves Game Postponed article feature image

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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 updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.

Friday’s NBA Injury News

6 p.m. ET Update: The contest between the Wolves and Grizzlies has been postponed Friday, according to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania. It may be related to the absences of Ricky Rubio and Juancho Hernangomez on the Wolves side since both were already ruled out because of the health and safety protocols.

5 p.m. ET Update: The Boston Celtics announced that Jaylen Brown, Semi Ojeleye, Daniel Theis, and Javonte Green are all available to play on Friday after clearing COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The Atlanta Hawks have activated Rajon Rondo after he missed the past five games managing a knee injury. Anthony Davis is also active for the Lakers tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The NBA continues to deal with postponements due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Two Friday games — Washington Wizards-Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors-Phoenix Suns — were called off.

The Boston Celtics are hoping to get a group a players back if they clear protocols, including Jaylen Brown. Tristan Thompson and Grant Williams are off the injury report since completing their mandated quarantine.

On the injury front, Eric Bledsoe is questionable to play for the against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday as he continues to deal with eye irritation. Anthony Davis, who is dealing with a tight lower back, strained adductor and jammed toe, is also questionable for that game, though he has played through injuries the past three games.

Ja Morant is questionable to return to the Memphis Grizzlies lineup since injuring his ankle against the Brooklyn Nets weeks ago.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Morant has been upgraded to questionable in advance of Friday’s game. This comes as a surprise as he’s just a little over two weeks into what was expected to be a three-to-five week timetable for a sprained ankle. It seems likely Morant will be on some sort of limit initially when he’s able to return and will push Tyus Jones back to a more limited reserve role.

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

Wednesday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons (PPD)

The Washington Wizards will not have the league-required eight available players.

Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns (PPD)

No Suns players have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 as of now, but the team will not have the required eight available players.

Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves (PPD)

This game has been postponed due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics (7 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Dwayne Bacon
SF – James Ennis
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Michael Carter-Williams (foot), Evan Fournier (back), and Mo Bamba (health protocols) are out.

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Semi Ojeleye
PF – Daniel Theis
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis, Javonte Green, and Semi Ojeleyem Grant Williams and Tristan Thompson have cleared health and safety protocols and Carsen Edwards is out.

Dallas Mavericks at Milwaukee Bucks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Green
SF – Tim Hardaway Jr.
PF – Kristaps Porzingis
C – Willy Cauley-Stein

Injury news: Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) is probable, Dwight Powell, Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Jalen Brunson are out due to health and safety protocols.

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jrue Holiday (ankle) and Torrey Craig (nose) are probable.

New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers (7:30 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – Austin Rivers
SF – RJ Barrett
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: Reggie Bullock (hip) is questionable, Alec Burks (ankle) is doubtful and Frank Ntilikina (knee) is out.

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Damyean Dotson
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF – Cedi Osman
PF – Larry Nance Jr.
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Andre Drummond (Achilles) is probable, Darius Garland (shoulder) and Collin Sexton are out.

Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Lauri Markkanen
C – Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury news: Garrett Temple (ankle) is questionable, Otto Porter (back) is probable, Lauri Markkanen and Ryan Arcidiacano have cleared health and safety protocols.

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – George Hill
SF – Lu Dort
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Al Horford

Injury news: Darius Bazley (ankle) is questionable

Atlanta Hawks at Utah Jazz (9 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Cam Reddish
SF – Deandre Hunter
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Clint Capela and Onyeka Okongwu (foot) were removed from the injury report, Rajon Rondo (knee) is questionable.

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Derrick Favors (knee) is probable, Joe Ingles (Achilles) is out.

New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Eric Bledsoe
SG – Josh Hart
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Zion Williamson has cleared COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Eric Bledsoe (eye) is questionable, Lonzo Ball (knee) is out.

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Anthony Davis (back/adductor/toe) is active, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) is probable, LeBron James (ankle) and Wesley Matthews (Achilles) are questionable and Jared Dudley (calf) is out.

LA Clippers at Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: Patrick Beverley (personal) and Lou Williams (hip) are questionable.

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Marvin Bagley
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Buddy Hield (ankle) is probable.

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 5 p.m. ET, Justin Phan sees betting value in one Friday games: Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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