NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 23): James Harden Questionable, Lonzo Ball Ruled Out Tuesday

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Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Tuesday’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 p.m. ET Update: The Pelicans will be without Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick (heel) on Tuesday. Ball is sitting for the second straight game due to a strained right hip.

Elfrid Payton has been cleared to return Tuesday after missing the previous five games with a strained hamstring. Derrick Rose has been ruled out for conditioning after being in the league’s health and safety protocols.

Marc Gasol has been ruled out Tuesday as he continues to work himself back into game shape. Goran Dragic and Avery Bradley have been ruled out for the Heat on Tuesday.


The Brooklyn Nets will be missing two of their star players and their third is questionable to play on Tuesday night. The Nets announced that Kyrie Irving won’t accompany the team on this week’s three-game road trip in order to tend to a family matter. James Harden is listed as questionable with a sore neck after he was elbowed in the head Sunday. Landry Shamet will also sit out after he was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle.

The New Orleans Pelicans are monitoring Lonzo Ball who is questionable for Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Ball sat out the Pelicans’ game on Sunday due to a strained right hip.

Stephen Curry had been ruled out again ahead of Tuesday and will miss his third straight game due to a tailbone contusion, though Golden State Warriors head coach  said it is “Not something we’re concerned about.”

Derrick Rose is out of the league’s health and safety protocols after testing positive for COVID, but he likely won’t be available for the New York Knicks as he works to get his conditioning back. Point guard Elfird Payton is also considered questionable in advance of Tuesday’s game as he continues to deal with a strained hamstring.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Monte Morris (quad) and Gary Harris (adductor) are out

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Terrence Ross (knee), Chasson Randle (groin) and Mo Bamba (hamstring, toe) are out


Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Immanuel Quickley (ankle), Mitchell Robinson (ankle) and Elfrid Payton (Hamstring) are active; Derrick Rose (conditioning) is out


Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans (7:30 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Marc Gasol (health protocols) is out

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Lonzo Ball (Hip) is out


Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat (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

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kendrick Nunn
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Goran Dragic (back) and Avery Bradley (calf) are out


Brooklyn Nets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (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; Kyrie Irving (personal), Kevin Durant (hamstring) and Landry Shamet (ankle) are out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Danny Green
SF – Furkan Korkmaz
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Tony Bradley

Injury news: Nothing new

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Jordan Poole
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: James Wiseman (health protocols) and Eric Paschall (health protocols) are active; Kevon Looney has been removed from the injury report and Stephen Curry (tailbone) is out


Phan’s Bet to Watch

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