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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Dec. 27): Kawhi Leonard Will Sit, Anthony Davis Out Sunday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Dec. 27): Kawhi Leonard Will Sit, Anthony Davis Out Sunday article feature image

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images. Pictured: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each NBA team for Sunday’s slate, along with notable news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out the NBA Insiders lineups page.

Sunday NBA Injury News

2:05 p.m. ET: Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis has been ruled out of Sunday’s matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves with a calf contusion. On the other side of that matchup, Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to play through the wrist injury he suffered in Saturday’s win over the Utah Jazz.

1:47 p.m. ET update: According to our Labs Insiders tool, Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will sit in Sunday’s home matchup with the Dallas Mavericks after suffering a mouth laceration on Christmas night that required stitches.

12:20 p.m. ET update: Golden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss diagnosed with a broken right fibula, and he will miss the rest of the season. Draymond Green was already close to returning for the Warriors on Sunday, but Chriss’ injury could increase the possibility and need for more size in their frontcourt rotation.

9 a.m. ET: The Golden State Warriors have some potentially good news for a change after a rough start to their season. All-Star big man Draymond Green appears to be inching closer to a return and could make his debut Sunday on the road against the Chicago Bulls.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Green practiced Saturday and appears on track to make his season debut on Sunday, although he is officially listed questionable. He missed the first two games of the regular season and the entire preseason due to a sore right foot. Coach Kerr has utilized an extended rotation to start the season as the Warriors have failed to reach triple digits on both losses. 

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard is questionable to play Sunday in an early game against the Dallas Mavericks, with 12:30 p.m. local tip. Leonard was accidentally struck in the mouth by teammate Serge Ibaka during the Clippers’ Christmas day game and needed eight stitches.

Tonight’s late game has two question marks from star players: Karl-Anthony Towns due to a wrist injury and Anthony Davis due to a sore calf.

Be sure to check the NBA Insiders tool for real time updates.

Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers (3:30 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: None

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverly
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: Kawhi Leonard is questionable (mouth laceration), Marcus Morris is out (knee)

Brooklyn Nets at Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – Spencer Dinwiddie
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Kevin Durant
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: None

Hornets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: None

San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans (7 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Derrick White is doubtful (toe).

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: None

Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Markelle Fultz
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – Dwayne Bacon
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: James Ennis is doubtful (hamstring)

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Ish Smith
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Isaac Bonga
PF – Deni Avdija
C – Thomas Bryant

Injury news: Russell Westbrook (rest) is expected to sit the second game of back-to-back games.

Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers (7:30 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: None

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Collin Sexton
SG – Darius Garland
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Kevin Love
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) and Kevin Porter Jr. (personal) are out.

Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks (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:  

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Obi Toppin (calf), Immanuel Quickley (hip) and Austin Rivers (groin) are out.

Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers (8 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Daniel Theis
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: None

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Victor Oladipo
SF – TJ Warren
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: None

Golden State Warriors at Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – James Wiseman

Injury news: Draymond Green (foot) is questionable.

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Lauri Markkanen
C – Wendell Carter

Injury news: None

Phoenix Suns at Sacramento Kings (9 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: None

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: None

Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Wolves Projected Lineup

PG – D’Angelo Russell
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Josh Okogie
PF – Jake Layman
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) is questionable.

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Anthony Davis (calf) is questionable.

Phan’s Bet to Watch

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