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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 5): Kristaps Porzingis Ruled Out, D’Angelo Russell Cleared to Return Monday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 5): Kristaps Porzingis Ruled Out, D’Angelo Russell Cleared to Return Monday article feature image

Photo credit: Darren Carroll/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Kristaps Porzingis

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.

NBA Injury News

6 p.m. ET Update: Kristaps Porzingis is sitting for the second straight game, but this time he is hampered by a sprained shooting wrist. Josh Richardson has been cleared to play Monday after missing the previous game with a tight calf.

D’Angelo Russell will play on Monday after missing the previous 26 games due to a knee procedure. Malik Beasley will be sidelined four-to-six weeks after an MRI revealed a grade 3 left hamstring injury.

Fred VanVleet has been ruled out for the Raptors with a hip injury.

1 p.m. ET Update: James Harden has been removed from the injury report and will return on Monday after missing the prior two games due to a tight right hamstring.

Larry Nance and Jarrett Allen have been ruled out Monday. Allen is sitting for the fifth straight game due to a concussion and Nance Jr. is out for the fourth straight game due to an illness.

James Harden is questionable to suit up on Monday after missing the past two games with a tight hamstring. Kevin Durant is said to be nearing a return this week and has an outside chance of playing Monday as well.

Bradley Beal and Rui Hachimura are listed questionable ahead of Monday’s game. Beal has missed the past four games with a hip contusion while Hachimura was a late scratch just prior to Saturday’s loss.

Kristaps Porzingis has been listed questionable Monday with a sprained right wrist. He was also questionable on Saturday before he ended up sitting in the second leg of a back-to-back. Josh Richardson is also questionable due to a calf injury.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets (7 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Nothing new

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – James Harden
SF – Bruce Brown
PF – Joe Harris
C – LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury news: James Harden (Hamstring) is active; Kevin Durant (hamstring), Blake Griffin (rest), Tyler Johnson (knee), and Landry Shamet (ankle) are out

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs (7 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Dean Wade
C – Kevin Love

Injury news: Jarrett Allen (Concussion) and Larry Nance are out

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Derrick White
SG – DeMar DeRozan
SF – Luka Samanic
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Lonnie Walker (wrist) and Dejounte Murray (foot) are out; Gorgui Dieng (shoulder) is active and Drew Eubanks (migraine) was removed from the injury report

Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors (7 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Raul Neto
SF – Deni Avdija
PF – Davis Bertans
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Bradley Beal (Hip) is out; Rui Hachimura (Shoulder) is out

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Malachi Flynn
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Chris Boucher

Injury news: Fred VanVleet (Hip), Rodney Hood, Paul Watson (health protocols), Kyle Lowry (foot), and Patrick McCaw (knee) are out

Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (7 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Hassan Whiteside (knee) is cleared to play

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Josh Okogie
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: D’Angelo Russell (knee) and Ricky Rubio (back) are active; Malik Beasley (hamstring) and Jaylen Nowell (leg) are out

Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (7 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Saben Lee
SG – Josh Jackson
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Isaiah Stewart

Injury news: Mason Plumlee (rest), Wayne Ellington (rest) and Rodney McGruder (elbow) are out

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Svi Mykhailiuk
SF – Kenrich Williams
PF – Aleksej Pokusevski
C – Moses Brown

Injury news: Josh Hall (concussion) and Isaiah Roby (concussion) are out

Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks (7 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Josh Richardson (Calf) is active; Kristaps Porzingis (Wrist) is out

Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SG – Avery Bradley
SF – Sterling Brown
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Danuel House (Ankle) and John Wall (knee) are out

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