NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Feb. 4): Trae Young, Ben Simmons Ruled Out Thursday

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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.

Thursday’s NBA Injury News

6:15 p.m. ET Update: Ben Simmons has been ruled out Thursday, despite previously being considered probable with a tight calf.


6 p.m. ET Update: Trae Young has been ruled out of the Atlanta Hawks matchup with the Utah Jazz Thursday with a calf contusion. Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle confirmed Porzingis will play Thursday against the Golden State Warriors on the second leg of a back-to-back. Eric Paschall is out for the Warriors with a sore knee.


2 p.m. ET Update: Damian Lillard will sit out Thursday’s game with a sore abdominal and Derrick Jones Jr is out with an injured foot. Victor Oladipo is officially out and will rest on the second night of a back-to-back.


The Portland Trail Blazers are monitoring Damian Lillard ahead of their road matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers. Lillard is nursing an abdominal strain  and is listed as questionable for Thursday’s action. The Blazers have also listed Derrick Jone Jr. questionable with a sprained foot.

The Warriors’ frontcourt depth took another hit, this time it’s Kevon Looney who will be out for extended time with a sprained ankle. Looney is expected to be re-evaluated in two weeks and are still missing rookie James Wiseman who had moved to a bench role.

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to rest Kristaps Porzingis on the second night of their back-to-back set after he played on the front end. The Houston Rockets are also expected to rest Victor Oladipo against the Memphis Grizzlies on the second night of their back-to-back set.

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

Tuesday Projected Starting Lineups

Utah Jazz vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Rajon Rondo
SG – Kevin Huerter
SF – Cam Reddish
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Onyeka Okongwu (Achilles) is questionable, Kevin Huerter (ankle) is active, Trae Young (calf) and De’Andre Hunter (knee) are out


Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Juan Toscano-Anderson
C – Draymond Green

Injury news: Kevon Looney (ankle) is out

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Kristaps Porzingis is active


Portland Trail Blazers vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Anfernee Simons
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – Derrick Jones Jr.
PF – Robert Covington
C – Enes Kanter

Injury news: Damian Lillard (Abdominal), Derrick Jones Jr. (Foot) and Nassir Little (Knee) are out

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Maxey
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Ben Simmons (calf) is out


Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies (9 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – John Wall
SG – Eric Gordon
SF – Jae’Sean Tate
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Victor Oladipo (rest) is out

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Dillon Brooks
SF – Kyle Anderson
PF – Brandon Clarke
C – Xavier Tillman

Injury news: Jonas Valanciunas and Grayson Allen are out due to health and safety protocols


Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Monte Morris
SF – Will Barton
PF – Paul Millsap
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: PJ Dozier (hamstring) is out

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Anthony Davis (Quad) is probable, LeBron James (Ankle) is probable


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 6 p.m. ET, Justin Phan is seeing betting value in two Thursday games: Trail Blazers vs. 76ers and Warriors vs. Mavericks. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.