NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 10): Kyle Kuzma Out, Joel Embiid Expected to Play Saturday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 10): Kyle Kuzma Out, Joel Embiid Expected to Play Saturday article feature image
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Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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

7 p.m. ET Update: Kyle Kuzma will sit out Saturday for the second straight game due to a strained calf that Frank Vogel indicated was a Grade 1 strain. Marc Gasol has also been ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Jordan Clarkson will miss his second consecutive game due to a sprained ankle.


6 p.m. ET Update: Kyle Lowry has been ruled out Saturday, as expected, after being listed as doubtful earlier.

Rodney Hood is available to play “limited minutes” Saturday, according head coach Nick Nurse, as he continues to deal with a strained hip.


5:30 p.m. ET Update: Joel Embiid is not listed on the injury report despite it being the second leg of a back-to-back, suggesting that he will play. Tobias Harris and Danny Green are questionable.

Bradley Beal is listed as doubtful with a tight back and Davis Bertans is out for rest. Kelly Oubre has been ruled out Saturday due to a sore wrist.


12:30 p.m. ET Update: Kyle Lowry was downgraded to doubtful on Saturday after missing the past five games due to a right foot infection. The Raptors will be without Pascal Siakam who is resting and Fred VanVleet who is dealing with hip soreness. Rodney Hood was upgraded to probable.


The Washington Wizards are monitoring Bradley Beal’s status as they play the second game of a back-to-back set Saturday against the Phoenix Suns. Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Coach Brooks said he anticipates Beal being questionable for Saturday after he suffered from back tightness during Friday’s win. Beal said his back got tight mid-game so he headed back to the locker room, and added that he “had to come back out” to help his team win. Either Raul Neto or Garrison Mathews will step into the starting lineup if Beal has to miss further time. 

Joel Embiid is questionable ahead of Saturday’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Embiid played 31 minutes on Friday night and has routinely sat our back-to-backs this season, including last Sunday after returned from a lengthy 10-game absence.

The Lakers have listed Alex Caruso, Marc Gasol and Kyle Kuzma as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. Kuzma sat out on Thursday against the Miami Heat with a calf injury and Wesley Matthews entered the starting lineup in his place.

Jordan Clarkson is once again doubtful due to a sprained ankle that held him out of the previous Utah Jazz game. With Clarkson out, Joe Ingles led the bench unit with 35 minutes.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (7:30 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Malachi Flynn
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – DeAndre Bembry
PF – OG Anunoby
C – Chris Boucher

Injury news: Rodney Hood (Hip) is active; Kyle Lowry (Foot), Fred VanVleet (Hip) and Paul Watson (COVID Protocols) are out

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Dean Wade
C – Kevin Love

Injury news: Larry Nance Jr. (Illness), Jarrett Allen (Concussion) and Dylan Windler (Knee) are out


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Brooklyn Nets (8:30 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – Talen Horton-Tucker
PF – Markieff Morris
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Marc Gasol (Hamstring), Kyle Kuzma (Calf) and Wesley Matthews (Achilles) are out; Alex Caruso (Knee) is questionable

Nets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: James Harden (Hamstring) and Tyler Johnson (Knee) are out


Sacramento Kings vs. Utah Jazz (9 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jordan Clarkson (Ankle) is doubtful; Juwan Morgan (Calf) is probable


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (9 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Joel Embiid (Rest) has been removed from the injury report; Tobias Harris (knee) and Danny Green (hip) are questionable

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Lu Dort
SF – Aleksej Pokusevski
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Moses Brown

Injury news: Darius Bazley (Shoulder) is probable


Detroit Pistons vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Smith Jr.
SG – Cory Joseph
SF – Josh Jackson
PF – Saddiq Bey
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Wayne Ellington (Rest), Jerami Grant (Knee) and Rodney McGruder (Elbow) are out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Robert Covington
C – Enes Kanter

Injury news: Jusuf Nurkic (Rest) is out


Washington Wizards vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Garrison Mathews
SF – Deni Avdija
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Bradley Beal (Back) is doubtful; Davis Bertans (rest) is out

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Abdel Nader (Knee) is out


Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – John Wall
SG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SF – Jae’Sean Tate
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Nothing new

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Andrew Wiggins
SF – Kent Bazemore
PF – Draymond Green
C – James Wiseman

Injury news: Juan Toscano-Anderson (Elbow) is questionable; Kelly Oubre (wrist) is out


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