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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 29): Kawhi Leonard and Paul George Likely to Play, Donovan Mitchell Out Friday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 29): Kawhi Leonard and Paul George Likely to Play, Donovan Mitchell Out Friday article feature image

Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Paul George #13 and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Friday’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.

Friday’s NBA Injury News

3 p.m. ET Update: The Jazz will be without Donovan Mitchell for a second straight contest due to a concussion.

1 p.m. ET Update: Paul  George and Kawhi Leonard have been removed from the injury report and are available to play on Friday. Both players have missed the prior two games due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Kevin Durant has been ruled out Friday due to injury recovery for his Achilles.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has played through a back injury all season and is questionable heading into Friday’s game with Minnesota Timberwolves. Embiid suffered a hard fall on his tailbone in Wednesday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lonzo Ball is questionable with a sprained ankle. The New Orleans Pelicans point guard missed the second half of Wednesday’s game with the ankle injury and has dealt with a knee injury throughout the season.

Donovan Mitchell missed the Utah Jazz’s game on Wednesday after suffering a concussion in their previous game and is questionable entering Friday’s game.

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

Friday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Jeremy Lamb
SF – Justin Holiday
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Nothing new

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – PJ Washington
C – Cody Zeller

Injury news: Nothing new

Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Clint Capela (hand) Onyeka Okongwu (Achilles) are probable, Cam Reddish (quad) and Rajon Rondo (ankle) are questionable.

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Isaac Bonga
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Robin Lopez

Injury news: Nothing new

Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Pelicans (7:30 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Lonzo Ball (Ankle) is questionable.

Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Larry Nance Jr.
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Larry Nance Jr. (Wrist) is questionable.

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: Reggie Bullock (Neck) is questionable.

Sacramento Kings vs. Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Aron Baynes

Injury news: OG Anunoby (Calf) is questionable.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Orlando Magic (8 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: Nothing new

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – James Ennis
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Nothing new

Philadelphia 76ers at Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Joel Embiid (Back) is questionable.

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – D’Angelo Russell
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Josh Okogie
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Naz Reid

Injury news: D’Angelo Russell (Quad) is questionable.

Brooklyn Nets at Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – James Harden
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Jeff Green
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Nothing new

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Theo Maledon
SF – Lu Dort
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Al Horford

Injury news: Nothing new

Denver Nuggets at San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Will Barton
PF – Paul Millsap
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Nothing new

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Lonnie Walker
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury news: Nothing new

Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz (10 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Tim Hardaway Jr.
PF – Dorian Finney-Smith
C – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury news: Nothing new

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Donovan Mitchell (concussion) is out.

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 1 p.m. ET, Justin Phan is seeing betting value in two Friday games: Clippers vs. Magic and Nets vs. Thunder. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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