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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 25): Spurs-Pelicans Postponed Due to COVID-19 Contact Tracing

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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: Spurs-Pelicans has been postponed on Monday due to COVID-19 contact tracing. Neither team has the required eight players available to suit up.

5:30 p.m. ET Update: Pascal Siakam has been ruled out Monday’s game with knee soreness. Kyle Lowry has been cleared to play.

5 p.m. ET Update: Joel Embiid will sit for the fourth time this season as he’s bothered by a tight back. D’Angelo Russell is “probably unlikely” to play Monday according to coach Saunders as he continues to deal with a quad contusion

George Hill has a sprained right thumb and has been ruled out on Monday. Robert Covington has been diagnosed with a concussion and has been ruled out of Monday’s game

1:30 p.m. ET Update: Jayson Tatum has cleared health and safety protocols and is available to play Monday against the Chicago Bulls.Wendell Carter Jr. remains sidelined Monday for the third straight game due to a bruised quad.

The Orlando Magic will be without Carter-Williams for the 10th straight contest due to a sprained foot. Larry Nance Jr. is out against the Los Angeles Lakers with sprained right wrist on Monday.

There’s a familiar name at the top of the NBA injury report: Joel Embiid. The 76ers’ big man played 35 minutes Saturday night and is listed as questionable with back tightness for Monday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. The Sixers have routinely rested Embiid when they felt it was necessary to preserve him long term and will likely wait before announcing his status tonight.

The Boston Celtics are on the second night of a back-to-back and will be without Kemba Walker for Monday night. However, Jayson Tatum is expected to play tonight on the road against the Chicago Bulls in his first action since contracting COVID-19 earlier this month.

Anthony Davis and LeBron James are on the injury report for the Los Angeles Lakers (James is a regular with an ankle issue), but both players are likely to play through their respective ailments.

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

Monday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies (PPD)

This game was postponed due to ongoing COVID-19 contact tracing.

San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans (9 p.m. ET)

This game has been postponed on Monday due to COVID-19 contact tracing.

Charlotte Hornets at Orland Magic (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

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – James Ennis
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Aaron Gordon is questionable, Michael Carter-Williams (foot) is out.

Philadelphia 76ers at Detroit Pistons (7 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Dwight Howard

Injury news: Joel Embiid (back) is out.

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Wayne Ellington
SF – Jerami Grant
PF – Blake Griffin
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Derrick Rose (knee) is out.

Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Kyle Lowry (toe) and Pascal Siakam (groin) are questionable.

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Edmond Sumner
SF – Justin Holiday
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Nothing new

Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Goran Dragic
SG – Gabe Vincent
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Jimmy Butler (health protocols), Tyler Herro (neck), Avery Bradley (health protocols), Moe Harkless (thigh), Meyers Leonard (shoulder), and Chris Silva (hip) are out, KZ Okala (knee) is questionable.

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – James Harden
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Kevin Durant
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Nothing new

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (8 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: LeBron James (ankle) is questionable, Anthony Davis (ankle) is probable.

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Will Barton
C – Paul Millsap
PF – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Nothing new

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Jalen Brunson
SF – Time Hardaway Jr.
C – Josh Green
PF – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury news: Nothing new

Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls (9 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jayson Tatum (health protocols) is probable, Kemba Walker (rest) is out.

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
C – Lauri Markkanen
PF – Daniel Gifford

Injury news: Wendell Carter Jr. (quad) is doubtful.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: D’Angelo Russell (quad) is questionable.

Warriors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 5 p.m. ET, Justin Phan sees betting value in four Monday games, including 76ers vs. Pistons. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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