NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 31): Zach LaVine Ruled Out Wednesday

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Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls.

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: Zach LaVine, Coby White and Garrett Temple have been ruled out on Wednesday.


7 p.m. ET Update: Robert Williams is a late scratch on Wednesday due to a non-COVID illness. Derrick Rose has been ruled out on Wednesday due to a sore left ankle. Brandon Clarke will miss the Memphis Grizzlies game Wednesday game due to personal reasons.


6 p.m. ET Update: John Wall has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a left knee injury. Christian Wood has been cleared to return for the Houston Rockets after missing the past two games with an illness and ankle soreness.


5:30 p.m. ET Update: Victor Oladipo has been ruled out Wednesday due to illness, but will make his Miami Heat debut on Thursday, according to head coach Spoelstra. Kendrick Nunn will be sidelined for the second straight game due to a sprained right ankle.


5 p.m. ET Update: Jaylen Brown has been cleared to play Wednesday after missing the Celtics’ previous game with a sore hip. Romeo Langford has been downgraded to out on Wednesday due to post health and safety protocol conditioning.


2 p.m. ET Update: Kyle Lowry has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a right toe infection. The Thunder will be without Aleksej Pokusevski who is not with the team because of health and safety protocols.

Lonnie Walker remains out Wednesday due to a sore right wrist. He has missed the Spurs’ past three games and was expected to miss about a week with the injury.


The Utah Jazz will face the Memphis Grizzlies without Donovan Mitchell who missed their delayed flight and is out for personal reasons Wednesday.

Jaylen Brown is listed as questionable again Wednesday after missing the Celtics’ most recent game on Monday with a hip injury. Tristan Thompson is still out while he goes through the league’s health protocols and Semi Ojeleye remains sidelined as well. With Brown absent on Monday, Robert Williams and Grant Williams both started in the frontcourt.

The Bulls are unsure if All-Star Zach LaVine will be available Wednesday night when they face the Phoenix Suns on the road. Per our NBA Insiders tool:

LaVine didn’t do anything physically in practice Tuesday and coach Donovan called him questionable in advance of Wednesday’s game. He’s still dealing with a sprained ankle which he aggravated in Monday’s loss, and Donovan said, “It’s not great.” Garrett Temple (hamstring) didn’t return Monday so it remains to be seen who would start at the off guard if LaVine had to miss time.

John Wall is questionable to play Wednesday due to knee effusion. Kevin Porter Jr. would likely step in to handle most of the point guard duties if Wall has to miss time. Christian Wood is expected to return to the lineup after missing the past two games with an illness.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons (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

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Saben Lee
SG – Frank Jackson
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Sekou Doumbouya (migraine), Wayne Ellington (calf), Dennis Smith Jr. (back) and Rodney McGruder (elbow) are out


Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Goran Dragic
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Trevor Ariza
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Kendrick Nunn (Ankle), KZ Okpala (health protocols) and Victor Oladipo (illness) are out

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Caris LeVert
SF – Justin Holiday
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Doug McDermott (ankle) is active, Jeremy Lamb (toe) is out


Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SG – Sterling Brown
SF – Danuel House
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: John Wall (Knee) is out; Christian Wood (Illness) and Danuel House (Back) are active

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Kyrie Irving
SF – Bruce Brown
PF – Joe Harris
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Landry Shamet (ankle) is out, LaMarcus Aldridge is likely a few games away from making his debut


Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Jaylen Brown (Hip) is active; Romeo Langford (health protocols), Tristan Thompson (health protocols) and Semi Ojeleye (side) are out


Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Kyle Lowry (toe), Paul Watson (health protocols), DeAndre Bembry (health protocols), Patrick McCaw (knee), and Jalen Harris (hip) are out

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Svi Mykhailiuk
SF – Aleksej Pokusevski
PF – Isaiah Roby
C – Moses Brown

Injury news: Ty Jerome (ankle) is questionable; Aleksej Pokusevski (health protocols) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are out


New York Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Derrick Rose (ankle) is out

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Josh Okogie (health protocols) is out


Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies (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: Donovan Mitchell (personal) is out

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Kyle Anderson
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Grayson Allen (Hip) is out Justise Winslow (thigh) is out


Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Hassan Whiteside (knee) is out

Spurs Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Lonnie Walker (wrist) and Trey Lyles (ankle) are out


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Donte DiVincenzo
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Brook Lopez

Injury news: PJ Tucker (calf), Bobby Portis (health protocols), and Rodions Kurucs (abdominal) are out

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Chicago Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Tomas Satoransky
SG – Denzel Valentine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Zach LaVine (Ankle), Coby White (neck) and Garrett Temple (hamstring) are out

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 5 p.m. ET, Justin Phan sees betting value in two Wednesday games: Knicks vs. Timberwolves and Bulls vs. Suns. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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