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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Feb. 8): Chris Paul Ruled Out vs. Cavaliers Monday

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Ezra Shaw/Getty Images. Pictured: Chris Paul (center) of the Phoenix Suns.

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

Monday’s NBA Injury News

7:30 p.m. ET Update: Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams confirmed that Chris Paul has been ruled out of tonight’s matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore right hamstring. The Suns are also without Jae Crowder (foot), Abdel Nader (ankle), Dario Saric (ankle), and Cameron Payne (foot) in the second leg of the back-to-back.

2 p.m. ET Update: Anthony Davis has been ruled out Monday, as expected, after previously being considered unlikely to play with right Achilles tendonosis. Alex Caruso has been added to the injury report and is questionable with a hand injury.

Russell Westbrook will sit on the second night of a back-to-back as he has been doing all season.

The Rockets will be without Eric Gordon (rest), John Wall (rest), and Christian Wood (ankle) on Monday in their matchup with the Charlotte Hornets. Devonte’ Graham will sit for the second straight contest due to a strained left groin.

The Denver Nuggets are closely monitoring Jamal Murray’s knee ahead of their Monday night road matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. Murray sat out Saturday’s game, which was only his second missed game this season.

Russell Westbrook could see the floor today in the Washington Wizards’ last game of four-game road trip. Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Coach Brooks said Westbrook playing in the second leg of a back-to-back on Monday is an option. Westbrook has yet to play in both legs this season, but logged just 27 minutes in Sunday’s blowout win during the day … With Westbrook out this season, Bradley Beal has led the team with a 37.2% usage rate and has seen a +8.8% assist rate.

Anthony Davis again makes an appearance on the Los Angeles Lakers injury report, this time with right Achilles tendonosis. Davis has played through an assortment of injuries this season, but logged a season-high 45 minutes in a double overtime game against the Detroit Pistons Saturday.

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

Monday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Houston Rockets vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Victor Oladipo
SG – Danuel House
SF – Jae’Sean Tate
PF – PJ Tucker
C – DeMarcus Cousins

Injury news: John Wall (rest) Eric Gordon (rest) and Christian Wood (ankle) are out

Hornets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Devonte’ Graham (groin) is out

Toronto Raptors at Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Aron Baynes

Injury news: Nothing new

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Dillon Brooks
SF – Kyle Anderson
PF – Gorgui Dieng
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: D’Anthony Melton (shoulder) and Brandon Clarke (calf) are out

Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Deni Avdija
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Russell Westbrook (rest) is out

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Denzel Valentine
PF – Patrick Williams
C – Daniel Gafford

Injury news: Lauri Markkanen (shoulder) is out

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: D’Angelo Russell (quad) and Juan Hernangomez (conditioning) are questionable, Karl-Anthony Towns (health protocols) is doubtful

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Juan Toscano-Anderson
C – Draymond Green

Injury news: Eric Paschall (knee) is questionable

Spurs Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Lonnie Walker (illness) is out

Cleveland Cavaliers at Phoenix Suns (9 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Taurean Prince
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Larry Nance Jr. (wrist) is out

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – E’Twuan Moore
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Frank Kaminsky
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Chris Paul (hamstring) is out

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets (9:30 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

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jamal Murray (knee) and Facundo Campazzo (knee) are questionable, Gary Harris (adductor) and PJ Dozier (hamstring) are out

Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Theo Maldeon (health protocol), Isaiah Roby (foot), and Mike Muscala (concussion) are out

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Anthony Davis (Achilles) is out, LeBron James (ankle) is probable

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 2:30 p.m. ET, Justin Phan sees betting value in one Monday game: Rockets vs. Hornets.. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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