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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 16): James Harden on Track to Debut for Brooklyn Nets Saturday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 16): James Harden on Track to Debut for Brooklyn Nets Saturday article feature image

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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 updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.

Saturday’s NBA Injury News

James Harden is trending towards making his debut with the Brooklyn Nets just days after the blockbuster four-team trade landed him with his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate. Harden is listed as questionable and should play as long as all the players in the four-team trade pass their physicals.

Gordon Hayward is questionable to suit up for the Charlotte Hornets in their road matchup with the Toronto Raptors. Hayward missed the Hornets’ previous game with a strained hip.

The Miami Heat have a laundry list of players who are either sitting or on the fence due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including their two stars Jimmy Butler (out) and Bam Adebayo (questionable). Tyler Herro is questionable as well after missing the fourth quarter of the Heat’s last game with back spasms.

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

Saturday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Indiana Pacers at Phoenix Suns (PPD)

This game was postponed due to ongoing COVID-19 contact tracing.

Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs (5 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Sterling Brown
SG – Eric Gordon
SF – Victor Oladipo
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Eric Gordon (leg) and Victor Oladipo (physical) are questionable, Demarcus Cousins (ankle) is doubtful, John Wall (knee) and Danuel House (health protocols) are out.

Spurs Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets (6 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Dwayne Bacon
SF – James Ennis
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Evan Fournier (back) is out.

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Joe Harris
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – Jeff Green
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: James Harden (physical) is questionable, Kyrie Irving (health protocols) is out.

Charlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Caleb Martin
PF – PJ Washington
C – Bismack Biyombo

Injury news: Gordon Hayward (hip) is questionable

Raptors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Alex Len (personal) is out.

Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Wayne Ellington
SF – Jerami Grant
PF – Blake Griffin
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Derrick Rose is off the injury report and is active.

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Tyler Herro
SG – Gabe Vincent
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Kendrick Nunn, Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, Maurice Harkless, KZ Okpala, and Udonis Haslem are questionable due to health and safety protocols. Tyler Herro (back) is questionable as well and Jimmy Butler (health protocols), Avery Bradley (health protocols), and Meyers Leonard (shoulder) are out.

Philadelphia 76ers at Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Tyrese Maxey
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Dwight Howard

Injury news: Ben Simmons (knee) is probable, Joel Embiid and Mike Scott (knee) are out.

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Dillon Brooks
SF – Kyle Anderson
PF – Brandon Clarke
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Nothing new

Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Cam Reddish
SF – Deandre Hunter
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Nothing new

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Derrick Jones Jr.
PF – Robert Covington
C – Enes Kanter

Injury news: Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) is out at least two months.


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 11 a.m. ET, Justin Phan isn’t sees betting value in any Saturday games. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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