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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 18): Aaron Gordon Questionable, Immanuel Quickley Out Thursday

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Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Immanuel Quickley #5 of the New York Knicks.

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

Thursday 1 p.m. ET Update: Immanuel Quickley and Elfrid Payton (hamstring) have both been ruled out on Thursday. Frank Ntilikina is the lone point guard left available on the Knicks’ roster with Derrick Rose and Austin Rivers also sidelined.

The Orlando Magic have an extensive injury list with three key players — Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross — listed as questionable ahead of Thursday’s game against the New York Knicks.

Fournier has been unavailable for four games over the past two weeks, Gordon missed the past two games for left ankle injury management and Ross missed their first two games coming out of the break before returning last Sunday.

Fournier and Gordon practiced on Wednesday, and head coach Steve Clifford said the team will see how they feel before the game before determining their availability.

On the other side of the matchup, the Knicks are very thin at guard with Derrick Rose out due to health and safety protocols and Elfrid Payton nursing a hamstring injury. Rookie point guard Immanuel Quickley is also questionable ahead of Thursday’s game. Quickley has started the Knicks’ past three games and recently recovered from a sore groin before injuring his ankle during Tuesday’s game.

The Utah Jazz announced that Conley will rest Thursday in their road matchup against the Washington Wizards on the front end of a back-to-back. Conley also rested in their most recent back-to-back and is expected to play on Friday.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Mike Conley (rest) is out

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Nothing new

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks (7 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Al Horford has been removed from the injury report and is expected to be active, Lu Dort (Toe) and Theo Maledon (Thumb) are questionable, Darius Bazley (shoulder) is out

Hawks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Clint Capela (Heel) and Onyeka Okongwu (adductor) are questionable

Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Michael Carter-Williams
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – Dwayne Bacon
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Evan Fournier (Groin), Aaron Gordon (Ankle) and Terrence Ross (knee) are questionable

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Frank Ntilikina
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Immanuel Quickley (Ankle), Elfrid Payton (hamstring), Derrick Rose (health protocols) and Austin Rivers (personal) are out

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

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

Injury news:  Jarrett Culver (toe) is doubtful, Jordan McLaughlin (health protocols), D’Angelo Russell (knee), and Malik Beasley (suspension) are out

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Frank Kaminsky
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news:  Abdel Nader (knee) is questionable,  Cam Johnson (health protocols) is out

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

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: Harry Giles (calf) is probable

Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – PJ Washington
C – Cody Zeller

Injury news: Nothing new

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – LeBron James
PF – Markieff Morris
C – Damian Jones

Injury news: Markieff Morris (Knee) and LeBron James (Ankle) are probable, Anthony Davis (calf), Marc Gasol (health protocols) and Alex Caruso (concussion) are out

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