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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (January 8): Donovan Mitchell Probable, Jimmy Butler Questionable, Ja Morant Doubtful Saturday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (January 8): Donovan Mitchell Probable, Jimmy Butler Questionable, Ja Morant Doubtful Saturday article feature image

Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz.

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 injury updates, check out our FantasyLabs NBA news page

NBA Injury News

Donovan Mitchell is probable to play for the Utah Jazz after sitting out Friday with a sore back. The entire Jazz starting five missed last night’s game, but Mitchell, Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic are all expected to play.

Jimmy Butler is listed as questionable after sitting out the Miami Heat’s last game with an ankle sprain. Butler has re-aggravated his ankle several times this season and missed a chunk of time for the heat in spots.

Evan Fournier is listed as questionable with a thigh contusion ahead of the New York Knicks’ matchup against the Boston Celtics. Fournier scored a career-high on Thursday against the Celtics and has averaged 30+ points against his former team.

Ja Morant is listed as doubtful ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies’ matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday. Morant played 25 minutes in their most recent game but is dealing with a sore thigh.

Projected Starting Lineups

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers (3:30 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Tyus Jones
SG – Desmond Bane
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Jaren Jackson Jr.
C – Xavier Tillman

Injury news: Desmond Bane (Quad), Xavier Tillman (COVID Protocols) and John Konchar (COVID Protocols) is questionable; Ja Morant (Thigh) and Kyle Anderson (Back) are doubtful; Yves Pons (Ankle), Tyrell Terry (Illness), Steven Adams (COVID Protocols) and Shaq Buchanan (COVID Protocols) are out

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Terance Mann
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Ivica Zubac (COVID Protocols) is questionable; Luke Kennard (COVID Protocols) and Xavier Moon (COVID Protocols) are out

Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons (7 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Franz Wagner
PF – Wendell Carter Jr.
C – Mo Bamba

Injury news: Wendell Carter Jr. (Hamstring), Franz Wagner (Ankle) and Cole Anthony (Ankle) are questionable; Robin Lopez (COVID Protocols) is out

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Killian Hayes
SG – Cade Cunningham
SF – Hamidou Diallo
PF – Saddiq Bey
C – Isaiah Stewart

Injury news: Jerami Grant (Thumb), Frank Jackson (COVID Protocols) and Isaiah Livers (Foot) are out

Utah Jazz vs. Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Donovan Mitchell (Back) and Bojan Bogdanovic are probable; Royce O’Neale (Patellar) and Rudy Gay (Heel) are questionable; Rudy Gobert (Shoulder) and Joe Ingles (COVID Protocols) are out

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Chris Duarte
SF – Justin Holiday
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Malcolm Brogdon (Conditioning), Jeremy Lamb (Conditioning) and Chris Duarte (Conditioning) are questionable; Justin Anderson (COVID Protocols), Caris LeVert (COVID Protocols), Torrey Craig (Groin), Isaiah Jackson (COVID Protocols) and Goga Bitadze (COVID Protocols) are out

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Giannis Antetokounmpo
SG – Wesley Matthews
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Jordan Nwora
C – Bobby Portis

Injury news: Jrue Holiday (Ankle), Pat Connaughton (COVID Protocols), George Hill (COVID Protocols), Grayson Allen (COVID Protocols) and Donte DiVincenzo (Ankle) are out

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – Miles Bridges
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Vernon Carey (COVID Protocols) and Scottie Lewis (COVID Protocols) are out

New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Alec Burks
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Julius Randle
C – Taj Gibson

Injury news: Evan Fournier (Thigh) and Nerlens Noel (Conditioning) are questionable; Kemba Walker (Knee) and Ryan Arcidiacono (Ankle) are out

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Al Horford
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Payton Pritchard (COVID Protocols) and Brodric Thomas (Back) are out

Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns (9 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Max Strus
SF – Jimmy Butler
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Omer Yurtseven

Injury news: Jimmy Butler (Ankle) is questionable; Markieff Morris (Neck), Dewayne Dedmon (Knee), Victor Oladipo (Quad), Nik Stauskas (COVID Protocols), Udonis Haslem (Conditioning), KZ Okpala (Wrist), Marcus Garrett (COVID Protocols), Zylan Cheatham (COVID Protocols) and Gabe Vincent (COVID Protocols) are out

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Abdel Nader (COVID Protocols) and Landry Shamet (COVID Protocols) is out

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