NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 24): James Harden Ruled Out Wednesday

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Steph Chambers/Getty Images. Pictured: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets.

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

7:30 p.m. ET Update: James Harden will sit out of the Nets’ matchup with the Utah Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back due to a sore neck.


7 p.m. ET Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo will play Wednesday after sitting the previous game due to a sprained knee. It is unclear if coach Budenholzer will manage his minutes.

Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas confirmed Victor Oladipo won’t play Wednesday for personal reasons.

Collin Sexton will sit out on Wednesday due to a sore hamstring.


1:30 p.m. ET Update: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a new addition to the injury report Wednesday with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, and he has been ruled out for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Blake Griffin is sitting on the second night of a back-to-back on Wednesday with what has been labeled left knee injury management. Rudy Gay has been downgraded to out on Wednesday due to a sore left foot.


The Milwaukee Bucks hope to get Giannis Antetokounmpo back in the lineup on Wednesday when the face the visiting Boston Celtics. Antetokounmpo missed their most recent game with a knee sprain and newly acquired forward P.J. Tucker left that game with a sprained ankle. Bucks head  coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed that Antetokounmpo and Tucker practiced on Tuesday and both are listed as questionable for tonight.

Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner are listed questionable prior to their game against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Both were late scratches prior to the loss on Monday — Brogdon is dealing with a sore lower back and Turner is nursing a sprained ankle.

Aaron Gordon is questionable to play Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns with an ankle injury. He has also been the subject of numerous trade rumors and could end up sitting with his chances of being moved before or at the deadline rising.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Frank Jackson
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Rodney McGruder (elbow) and Hamidou Diallo (groin) are out

Pacers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Myles Turner (Ankle) and Malcolm Brogdon (Back) are active


Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Daniel Theis

Injury news: Tristan Thompson (health protocols) is out, Jayson Tatum (illness) is no longer on the injury report

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Knee) and PJ Tucker (ankle) are active, Bryn Forbes (toe) is out


Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Denver Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Monte Morris (quad) is out

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – Norman Powell
PF – OG Anunoby
C – Pascal Siakam

Injury news: Nothing new


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Kevin Love (calf) is out

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Tomas Satoransky
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Lauri Markkanen

Injury news: Garrett Temple (ankle) is questionable


Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City (8 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Lu Dort
SF – Aleksej Pokusevski
PF – Isaiah Roby
C – Al Horford

Injury news: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (plantar fasciitis) is out


Phoenix Suns vs. Orlando Magic (8 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Abdel Nader (knee) is out

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Michael Carter-Williams
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – Dwayne Bacon
PF – Al-Farouq Aminu
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Aaron Gordon (Ankle) is active


Charlotte Hornets vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Cody Zeller (Shoulder) is probable, LaMelo Ball (wrist) is out for at least four weeks

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – John Wall
SG – Sterling Brown
SF – Danuel House
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Kevin Porter Jr. (quad) is out, Victor Oladipo (personal) is out


Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Willie Cauley-Stein (health protocols) is out, James Johnson has been removed from the injury report after clearing health and safety protocols

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Jake Layman
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Jordan McLaughlin (health protocols) is questionable


Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Serge Ibaka (back) and Patrick Beverley (knee) are out

Spurs Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Rudy Gay (foot) and Lonnie Walker (wrist) are out


Brooklyn Nets vs. Utah Jazz (10 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Bruce Brown
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Jeff Green
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: James Harden (neck) is questionable, Blake Griffin (rest) is out

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Atlanta Hawks vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Kevin Huerter
SF – Tony Snell
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Danilo Gallinari (knee) is questionable

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 7 p.m. ET, Justin Phan sees betting value in four Wednesday games, including Nets vs. Jazz. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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