NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (December 22): Christian Wood Expected to Play, Aaron Gordon Available, Richaun Holmes Questionable Wednesday
Cato Cataldo/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Christian Wood #35 of the Houston Rockets.
Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Wednesday’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
7 p.m. ET Update: Christian Wood is expected to suit up for the Houston Rockets. Aaron Gordon and JaMychal Green have been cleared to play for the Denver Nuggets.
Wendell Carter Jr. and Cole Anthony have been ruled out for the Orlando Magic. Bogdan Bogdanovic is available to play for the Atlanta Hawks.
Kevin Huerter has entered the league’s health and safety protocols.
Wednesday’s injury news can be split between traditional injuries and COVID-related absences.
On the COVID front, tonight’s game between the Raptors and Bulls has been postponed and OG Anunoby has entered health and safety protocols, which brings the Raptors’ total to eight players.
Mychal Mulder of the Magic has entered health and safety protocols joining five of his teammates. Lou Williams and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot have also entered protocols and won’t play in the Magic-Hawks matchup.
Luka Doncic and Trey Burke have entered protocols and won’t play Thursday against the Bucks. Nerlens Noel has entered protocols and won’t play tomorrow against the Wizards.
As for traditional injuries, Kevin Love is questionable to play Wednesday with a sore foot. If he plays, Love is projected to start for the first time this season with the Cavaliers missing several players up front.
Cole Anthony is questionable with an ankle injury that has sidelined him for two games in a row.
Aaron Gordon and JaMychal Green are questionable to play Wednesday. Gordon has a sore right hamstring and Green has missed three straight games with an ankle injury.
Christian Wood, who sat out two games last week with knee soreness, is questionable Wednesday with the same issue. He’s played around 30 minutes in his two games back. Richaun Holmes is, once again, questionable to play as he tries to return from an eye injury that kept him sidelined for seven straight games.
Projected Starting Lineups
Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)
Magic Projected Lineup
PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Franz Wagner
PF – Chuma Okeke
C – Robin Lopez
Injury news: Wendell Carter Jr. (Leg), Cole Anthony (Ankle) and Jalen Suggs (Thumb) are out; Mo Bamba, Ignas Brazdeikis, Terrence Ross, Moe Wagner, Mychal Mulder, RJ Hampton are in the league’s health and safety protocols
Hawks Projected Lineup
PG – Delon Wright
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Cam Reddish
PF – John Collins
C – Onyeka Okongwu
Injury news: Bogdan Bogdanovic (Ankle) is available; De’Andre Hunter (Wrist) is out; Kevin Huerter, Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari, Clint Capela, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Trae Young (COVID Protocols) are in the league’s health and safety protocols
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)
Cavaliers Projected Lineup
PG – Darius Garland
SG – Ricky Rubio
SF – Lauri Markkanen
PF – Dean Wade
C – Kevin Love
Injury news: Denzel Valentine (Health and Safety) is available; Kevin Love (Foot) is questionable; Ed Davis, Jarrett Allen, Lamar Stevens, RJ Nembhard, Dylan Windle, Isaac Okor, Evan Moble are in the league’s health and safety protocols
Celtics Projected Lineup
PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Robert Williams
Injury news: Robert Williams (Personal) is no longer on the injury list; Josh Richardson, Al Horford, Jabari Parker, Juancho Hernangomez, Grant Williams, Sam Hauser, Brodric Thomas are in the league’s health and safety protocols
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)
Nuggets Projected Lineup
PG – Monte Morris
SG – Will Barton
SF – Jeff Green
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Jokic
Injury news: JaMychal Green (Ankle) and Aaron Gordon (Hamstring) are available; Markus Howard (Knee) is out; Bol Bol is in the league’s health and safety protocols
Thunder Projected Lineup
PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Lu Dort
SF – Josh Giddey
PF – Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
C – Derrick Favors
Injury news: Tre Mann (Toe) is available; Mike Muscala (Rest) is out
Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks (8 p.m. ET)
Rockets Projected Lineup
PG – Armoni Brooks
SG – Eric Gordon
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood
Injury news: Christian Wood (Knee) is questionable; Jalen Green (Hamstring) and Kevin Porter Jr. (Thigh) are out
Bucks Projected Lineup
PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Pat Connaughton
PF – Khris Middleton
C – DeMarcus Cousins
Injury news: Rodney Hood (Achilles) and DeMarcus Cousins (Personal) are probable; Donte DiVincenzo, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis (COVID Protocols) are in the league’s health and safety protocols
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)
Clippers Projected Lineup
PG – Eric Bledsoe
SG – Terance Mann
SF – Paul George
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Ivica Zubac
Injury news: Luke Kennard (Hip) and Isaiah Hartenstein (Ankle) are out; Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris (COVID Protocols) is in the league’s health and safety protocols
Kings Projected Lineup
PG – Tyrese Haliburton
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Chimezie Metu
C – Richaun Holmes
Injury news: Richaun Holmes (Eye) is questionable; Alex Len, De’Aaron Fox, Davion Mitchell, Terence Davis, Marvin Bagley and Neemias Queta are in the league’s health and safety protocols
Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls (PPD)
This game was postponed on Wednesday morning.
League note: Raptors-Bulls postponed Wednesday.
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