NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (May 7): Anthony Davis Cleared to Play, Immanuel Quickley Out Friday

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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.

NBA Injury News

8:30 p.m. ET Update: Anthony Davis and Alex Caruso have been cleared to play on Friday night in a critical game for the Lakers against the Trail Blazers. Davis left Thursday’s game with back tightness, Caruso dealing with a right foot injury, but will play through.


6:30 p.m. ET Update: Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Robert Williams won’t play Friday, and Stevens added he doesn’t know what Williams’ availability will be for the upcoming week. Tristan Thompson is active despite a strained left pectoral.

Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler were both cleared to play Friday. Herro returns to the lineup after missing the previous six games due to a sore right foot and Butler returns after missing the Heat’s last game with an illness.


5 p.m. ET Update: Zion Williamson is out indefinitely due to a fractured finger. The team will form a treatment plan and provide a timetable for a return to play at a later date. Brandon Ingram is also out indefinitely with a left ankle inversion sprain.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who last played on April 4 due to a high ankle sprain, was downgraded to out after being questionable. Steven Adams has been ruled out with a toe injury.


The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to wade through a sea of injuries, including their only available star, Anthony Davis. Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Davis said he plans to play Friday despite suffering back spasms and not returning in Thursday’s loss. He added that the stakes of Friday’s game vs. the Blazers “adds a little juice” for him to play even if his back doesn’t feel 100 percent. Davis tweaked his ankle as well on Thursday but said it is “fine” and “wasn’t bothering me.”

Of course the Lakers won’t have LeBron James, who is expected sit until the middle of next, nor will they have Dennis Schroder, who is in COVID protocols. Talen Horton-Tucker will also miss Friday’s game with a calf injury.

Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro are considered questionable in advance of Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Andre Iguodala got the start in place of Butler in Tuesday’s loss and would remain in the starting lineup tonight if Butler has to miss more time. Herro has missed the past six games with a sore foot and will likely be eased back in terms of minutes if he’s cleared to play.

The Boston Celtics have ruled out Jaylen Brown for the second straight game on Friday as he continues to deal with a sprained ankle. Tristan Thompson is probable in advance of Friday’s game after missing the previous game due to a strained left pectoral. Robert Williams has been downgraded to questionable due to turf toe in his left foot.

The New York Knicks announced that Immanuel Quickley and Burks are both doubtful for Friday’s game against the Phoenix Suns. Burks was available Wednesday with the same knee injury, but has been downgraded since and Quickley is dealing with an ankle injury.

With Quickley and Burks likely out, expect more minutes for Elfrid Payton, Derrick Rose, Reggie Bullock, and RJ Barrett, with Frank Ntilikina likely getting back into the rotation after only seeing garbage time minutes as of late.

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Projected Starting Lineups

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Naji Marshall
PF – James Johnson
C – Willy Hernangomez

Injury news: Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Ankle), Steven Adams (Toe), Brandon Ingram (Ankle) and Zion Williamson (finger) are out

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Joel Embiid (rest) is questionable; Furkan Korkmaz (Ankle) is out


Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls (7:30 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: Tristan Thompson (Pectoral) and Romeo Langford (Concussion) are active; Robert Williams (Toe) and Jaylen Brown (Ankle) are out

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Daniel Theis
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Troy Brown Jr. (Ankle) is out


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Rickey Rubio
SG – D’Angelo Russell
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Juancho Hernangomez
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Jaden McDaniels (Personal) is out

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kendrick Nunn
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Trevor Ariza
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Jimmy Butler (Illness) and Tyler Herro (Foot) are active


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

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – DJ Agustin
SG – Armoni Brooks
SF – DaQuan Jeffries
PF – Kenyon Martin
C – Kelly Olynyk

Injury news: Danuel House (Ankle), DJ Augustin (Ankle) and Kelly Olynyk (Ankle) are active; Christian Wood (Ankle), Jae’Sean Tate (Knee), Kevin Porter Jr. (Ankle) and Avery Bradley (Personal) are out

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: PJ Tucker (Neck) is active


Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets (8 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Dwayne Bacon
PF – Moe Wagner
C – Mo Bamba

Injury news: Wendell Carter Jr. (Eye) is out

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Jalen McDaniels
PF – PJ Washington
C – Bismack Biyombo

Injury news: Devonte’ Graham (Knee) and Cody Martin (Ankle) are out


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Collin Sexton
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF – Cedi Osman
PF – Dean Wade
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Kevin Love (knee) and Darius Garland (Ankle) are out

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Tim Hardaway Jr.
PF – Dorian Finney-Smith
C – Willie Cauley-Stein

Injury news: Kristaps Porzingis (Knee) and Maxi Kleber (Achilles) are out


Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz (9 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Facundo Campazzo
SG – Aaron Gordon
SF – Michael Porter Jr.
PF – Paul Millsap
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Zeke Nnaji (Ankle) is questionable

Jazz Projected Lineup

PG – Joe Ingles
SG – Royce O’Neale
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic
PF – Georges Niang
C – Rudy Gobert

Injury news: Udoka Azubuike (Ankle) is probable; Mike Conley (Hamstring) and Juwan Morgan (Heel) are out


New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Alec Burks (Knee) and Immanuel Quickley (Ankle) are out

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Torrey Craig
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Cam Johnson (Wrist) is out; Jae Crowder (Ankle) is probable


San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Devin Vassell
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Nothing new

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Marvin Bagley
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Harrison Barnes (Adductor) is out; Chimezie Metu (Back) is probable


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Alex Caruso
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – Kyle Kuzma
PF – Anthony Davis
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Anthony Davis (Back) is active; Dennis Schroder (COVID Protocols), LeBron James (Ankle) and Talen Horton-Tucker (Calf) are out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Norman Powell (Knee) is probable


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