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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Dec. 28): Kyrie Irving Joins Kevin Durant as Out vs. Grizzlies

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Dec. 28): Kyrie Irving Joins Kevin Durant as Out vs. Grizzlies article feature image

Sarah Stier/Getty Images. Pictured: Kevin Durant #7 and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each NBA team for Monday’s slate, along with notable news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out the NBA Insiders lineups page.

Monday NBA Injury News

The Los Angeles Lakers are the team to watch on the injury front. Star big man Anthony Davis didn’t play Sunday and the Lakers are on the second-half of a back-to-back. The Lakers have also listed LeBron James and Alex Caruso on the injury report for Monday.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

On James, Vogel said, “If he’s healthy and wants to play, we’ll put him in there.” James tweaked his sore ankle during the first half of Sunday’s win but finished out the game without issue. Anthony Davis (calf) remains uncertain after sitting out Sunday.

The Brooklyn Nets, also on the second leg of a back-to-back, will be without Spencer Dinwiddie who left Sunday’s game with an ACL injury. Kevin Durant is also sitting out due to rest, as is Kyrie Irving as a late add to the injury report.

In positive news, Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela appears to be getting closer to making his season debut for a team that has been ravaged by injures early in the season.

Be sure to check the NBA Insiders tool for real time updates.

Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Killian Hayes
SG – Delon Wright
SF – Jerami Grant
PF – Sekou Doumbouya
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Sekou Doubouya (foot) is probable, Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose will rest.

Hawks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Clint Capela (Achilles) is probable, Danilo Gallinari (foot) is questionable, Tony Snell (foot) Kris Dunn (ankle), and Onyeka Okongwu (foot) are out.

Memphis Grizzlies at Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: De’Anthony Melton (health protocols) and Justise Winslow (hip) are out.

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Landry Shamet
SG – Caris LeVert
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Jeff Green
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL) is out for an extended period of time. Kevin Durant (rest) will not play. Kyrie Irving (rest/shoulder) is out.

Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City (8 p.m. ET)

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

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Ty Jerome (ankle) is out

Houston Rockets at Denver Nuggets (8 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – David Nwaba
SF – Danuel House
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Kenyon Martin Jr, Ben McLemore, John Wall, Eric Gordon, DeMarcus Cousins, and Mason Jones are all out for self-isolation or required quarantine.

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Michael Porter Jr.
PF – Paul Millsap
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: JaMychal Green (calf) is out

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

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Derrick Jones Jr.
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Carmelo Anthony and Nassir Little are out due to heath and safety protocols

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: LeBron James (ankle) Alex Caruso (hand) and Anthony Davis (calf) are questionable.

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