NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 21): Jaren Jackson Jr. Will Make Season Debut Wednesday

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Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Jaren Jackson Jr. #13 of the Memphis Grizzlies.

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

NBA Injury News

8:30 p.m. ET Update: Jaren Jackson Jr. is available to make his season debut for the Memphis Grizzlies after being sidelined all season while recovering from left knee meniscus surgery.

Grizzlies head coach Tayler Jenkins revealed that Jackson Jr. will play off the bench and have his minutes monitored. Dillon Brooks has also been cleared to play tonight.


6:30 p.m. ET Update: The Sixers will be without Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons and Seth Curry on Wednesday. Harris is out for the third straight game due to a sore right knee, Simmons will miss his second game with an illness and is out with a hip injury. Joel Embiid has been cleared to play.


5 p.m. ET Update: Paul George and Reggie Jackson will rest in tonight’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Rajon Rondo has been sidelined with inflammation in his right wrist.

Bam Adebayo is available to play Wednesday after missing the win on Monday due to a sore right knee. Jimmy Butler has been cleared to play after missing two games with a sprained right ankle. Andre Iguodala has been ruled out due to a hip injury.


3 p.m. ET Update: The 76ers have added Joel Embiid and Seth Curry to their injury report Wednesday for injury recovery on the first leg of a back-to-back. They now have four starters who are now questionable with Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris having been added earlier.

Kevin Durant has officially been ruled out for the second straight game due to a bruised left thigh. Danilo Gallinari has been ruled out for the  sixth game in a row as he continues to deal with a sore foot.

Alec Burks has been ruled out Wednesday for the third game in a row due to health and safety protocols.


The Portland Trail Blazers should get their leader back for tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets. Damian Lillard plans to return to the lineup and play Wednesday after missing the past three games due to hamstring tendinopathy, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes.

There’s been no word of any sort of minutes limit but this appears to have been the plan heading in with him sitting out the first leg of a back-to-back and playing the second.

The Miami Heat have listed Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, and Dewayne Dedmon as questionable ahead of Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Butler, Adebayo, and Herro all sat out of Monday’s blowout win and Butler and Adebayo were replaced in the starting lineup by Andre Iguodala and Precious Achiuwa. Dedmon is away from the team due to health and safety protocols.

Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons are questionable in advance of Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns. Harris is dealing with knee soreness and Simmons has been dealing with an illness. Both sat out Monday and were replaced in the starting lineup by Furkan Korkmaz and Mike Scott.

Kevin Durant, who suffered a thigh bruise Sunday against the Miami Heat and sat out Tuesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, is doubtful to play Wednesday. With regard to Durant’s possible return, Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash told reporters “it’s more of a day-to-day thing. We’ll see if it’s in the next few days or more.”

Domantas Sabonis has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder as he continues to deal with a sore lower back.

Sabonis will miss his second straight game and it could leave the Pacers’ frontcourt extremely thin with Myles Turner out indefinitely and Goga Bitadze questionable.

Jaren Jackson Jr. is questionable to make his season debut Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Jackson has been sidelined all season for left knee meniscus surgery recovery and will likely have a minute limitation whenever he is cleared to play. Dillon Brooks is also questionable after missing the Grizzlies’ double-overtime loss on Monday due to a sore left thigh.

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Projected Starting Lineups

Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kent Bazemore
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Damion Lee (Toe) is out

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Raul Neto
SF – Bradley Beal
PF – Deni Avdija
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Chandler Hutchison (Ankle) is questionable; Rui Hachimura (Knee) is out


Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Garrett Temple
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Daniel Theis
C – Nikola Vucevic

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

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Kevin Love
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Damyean Dotson (Knee) and Dylan Windler (Knee) are out


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Lu Dort (Hip) is questionable; Isaiah Roby (Toe) and Josh Hall (Knee) are out

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Edmond Sumner
SF – Caris LeVert
PF – Justin Holiday
C – Oshae Brissett

Injury news: Jeremy Lamb (Knee), Doug McDermott (Ankle), Goga Bitadze (Ankle) and Domantas Sabonis (Back) are out


Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Dario Saric
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Dario Saric (Ankle) is active

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Shake Milton
SG – Furkan Korkmaz
SF – Danny Green
PF – Mike Scott
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Joel Embiid (Knee) is active; Seth Curry (Hip), Ben Simmons (Illness) and Tobias Harris (Knee) are out


Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors (7 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – Landry Shamet
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Jeff Green
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Kevin Durant (Thigh) and Nic Claxton (COVID Protocols) are out; Blake Griffin (Rest), Reggie Perry (COVID Protocols) are doubtful

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Chris Boucher

Injury news: Pascal Siakam (shoulder, Kyle Lowry (rest), Fred VanVleet (hip), and OG Anunoby (calf) are cleared to play; Rodney Hood (Knee), Paul Watson (Knee) and Jalen Harris (Hip) are out


Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Ersan Ilyasova (Hamstring) is questionable

Rockets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks (8 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Kevin Huerter
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Danilo Gallinari (Foot) is out

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Alec Burks (COVID Protocols) is out


Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Cory Joseph
SG – Josh Jackson
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Dennis Smith Jr. (Knee), Rodney McGruder (Elbow) and Killian Hayes (Hip) are out

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury news: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Illness) is active


Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jimmy Butler (Ankle), Dewayne Dedmon (COVID Protocols),
Bam Adebayo (Knee), are active; Tyler Herro (Foot) is questionable; Gabe Vincent (Knee) is probable; Andre Iguodala (Hip) is out

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Derrick White
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Nothing new


Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Kyle Anderson
C – Xavier Tillman

Injury news: Dillon Brooks (Thigh) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (Knee) are active; Jonas Valanciunas (Concussion) is out

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Yogi Ferrell
SG – Terance Mann
SF – Luke Kennard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Rajon Rondo (Wrist), Paul George (Rest), Kawhi Leonard (Foot) and Reggie Jackson (Rest) are out


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Josh Okogie
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Jaylen Nowell (Tibia) is doubtful

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Robert Woodard (Back) is doubtful


Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Monte Morris (Hamstring) is out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Damian Lillard (Hamstring) is active; Derrick Jones Jr. (Hip) is probable


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