NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 28): Damian Lillard Cleared to Return For Trail Blazers Sunday

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Steph Chambers/Getty Images. Pictured: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers.

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

Damian Lillard will return to the Trail Blazers’ lineup Sunday after missing the previous game due to a left knee contusion. There was no word on a minute limitation for Lillard. Jusuf Nurkic was limited to 19 minutes in his return to the lineup on Friday, and head coach Terry Stotts hasn’t said how many minutes Nurkic will be allowed to play Sunday.

Terrence Ross has been listed questionable ahead of a Sunday night against the Lakers due to a sore right knee that has sidelined him for several weeks. The Magic were severely thin in Friday’s loss with just eight available players after Thursday’s trade deadline.

De’Andre Hunter is questionable for Sunday due to a sore right knee that held him out of the Hawks’ game on Friday.

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

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Projected Starting Lineups

Phoenix Suns vs. Charlotte Hornets (1 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Abdel Nadar (knee) is out

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – PJ Washington
C – Bismack Biyombo

Injury news: PJ Washington (Leg) is probable, Malik Monk (foot) is doubtful


Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors (7 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nassir Little (thumb) is out

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – Gary Trent Jr.
PF – OG Anunoby
C – Pascal Siakam

Injury news: Pual Watson (health protocols), DeAndre Bembry (health protocols), Patrick McCaw (knee) are out


Atlanta Hawks vs. Denver Nuggets (9 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – De’Andre Hunter
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: De’Andre Hunter (Knee) is questionable

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Michael Carter-Williams
SG – Dwayne Bacon
SF – James Ennis
PF – Chuma Okeke
C – Khem Birch

Injury news: Terrence Ross (knee) is questionable

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – Kyle Kuzma
PF – Markieff Morris
C – Marc Gasol

Injury news: Nothing new


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 11 a.m. ET, Justin Phan sees betting value in one Sunday game: Suns vs. Hornets. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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