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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 4): James Harden Active, Luka Doncic Trending Toward Playing Monday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 4): James Harden Active, Luka Doncic Trending Toward Playing Monday article feature image

Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks.

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 the NBA Insiders lineups page.

Monday’s NBA Injury News

1:50 p.m. ET Update: James Harden has been cleared to play Monday after sitting out the Rockets’ last game with an ankle sprain. Luka Doncic has been upgraded to probable with a quad injury for that game as well.

The Boston Celtics will lose some guard depth in their game with the Toronto Raptors after Jeff Teague was ruled out with an ankle sprain and Marcus Smart is questionable with a thumb injury.

Blake Griffin and Josh Jackson have both been ruled out of Monday’s matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks — the largest spread on the slate.

The key injury news to watch Monday comes from two stars in the same game. James Harden and Luka Doncic both sat out their team’s most recent games and are questionable to suit up tonight.

Per our NBA Insiders:

The Rockets will list Harden as questionable for Monday’s contest due to a sprained right ankle that forced Harden to be a late scratch prior to Saturday’s win. Coach Silas didn’t have an update on Harden during media availability other than to say Harden got up some shots at practice and will continue to undergo treatment.

The Dallas Mavericks ruled Doncic out on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls with an injured quad and the Mavericks play the second game of a road back-to-back tonight.

In the East, a matchup of two teams who have been surprisingly good early this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic, will be impacted by injuries to key players on both sides. Darius Garland and rookie Isaac Okoro are questionable to play for the Cavs — Garland hurt his shoulder Friday and Okoro missed the past three games with a foot injury.

The Magic are hoping for Evan Fournier to return as he nurses back spasms and for James Ennis to test a sore hamstring that has kept him sidelined so far this season.

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

Monday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Charlotte Hornets at Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – PJ Washington
C – Bismack Biyombo

Injury news: Nothing new

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Mike Scott (knee) is out.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Larry Nance Jr.
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Darius Garland (shoulder) and Isaac Okoro (foot) are questionable, Kevin Porter Jr. (personal) and Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) remain out.

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Evan Fournier (back) James Ennis (hamstring) are questionable.

New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news:Alec Burks (ankle) is questionable, Kevin Knox (knee, hand) is probable, Dennis Smith Jr. (quad) and Omari Spellman (knee) are doubtful, and Frank Ntilikina (knee) has been ruled out.

Hawks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Kevin Huerter (ankle) is questionable, Rajon Rondo (knee) is doubtful, Tony Snell (foot) and Danilo Gallinari (ankle) are out.

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Daniel Theis
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: Marcus Smart is questionable, Jeff Teague (ankle) is out.

Raptors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat (7:30 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Aleksej Pokusevski (concussion) is out.

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Jimmy Butler
SG – Tyler Herro
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Andre Iguodala
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Avery Bradley (health protocols) is questionable.

Indiana Pacers at New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Aaron Holiday
SF – Victor Oladipo
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Nothing new

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks (8 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Killian Hayes
SG – Josh Jackson
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Josh Jackson (ankle) and Blake Griffin (injury management) are out.

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Donte DiVincenzo
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Brook Lopez

Injury news: Pat Conaughton (groin) is out.

Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Tim Hardaway
PF – Dorian Finney-Smith
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Luka Doncic (quad) is probable.

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – John Wall
SG – James Harden
SF – Danuel House
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: James Harden (ankle) is active, Ben McLemore and Kenyon Martin Jr. are available to rejoin the Rockets after clearing health protocols.

Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – James Wiseman

Injury news: James Wiseman (ankle) is probable, Alen Smailagic (meniscus) is out

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 1:30 p.m. ET, Justin Phan sees value one Monday matchup: Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for our NBA Insiders Tool.

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