NBA Injury Report & Starting Lineups (Dec. 25): Jimmy Butler Active for the Heat’s Christmas Day Matchup

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Below are the projected starting lineups for each NBA team for Friday’s Christmas day slate, along with notable news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out the NBA Insiders lineups page.

Injury News

10 a.m. ET: Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler will be active in Friday’s 12 p.m. ET game with the New Orleans Pelicans, head coach Erik Spoelstra confirms. There’s been no word on a minutes limit for Butler who played 35 minutes in the Heat’s season opener.


8 a.m. ET: The key injury news to watch comes from the early matchup on Christmas day between the New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat. Jimmy Butler is questionable to play Friday as he deals with an ankle injury.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Butler has been added to the injury and is listed questionable in advance of Friday’s game with a sprained ankle. He tweaked his ankle during Wednesday’s season opener after getting it stepped on but managed to play through it.

Jamal Murray is another name to keep an eye on tonight for the late game. He has been listed as probable (calf) for today’s game despite avoiding the injury report throughout the preseason.

Be sure to check the NBA Insiders Tool for real time updates.


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New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat (12 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: None.

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Jimmy Butler
SG – Tyler Herro
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Moe Harkless
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Jimmy Butler is active (ankle)


Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks (2:30 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Eric Paschall
C – James Wiseman

Injury news: Draymond Green is out (foot).

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: DJ Augustin is listed as probable (calf)


Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics (5 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – Spencer Dinwiddie
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Kevin Durant
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: None.

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Javonte Green
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Daniel Theis

Injury news: Tristian Thompson will start but play limited minutes (hamstring)


Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers (8 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Patrick Patterson
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: None

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: None.


LA Clippers at Denver Nuggets (10:30 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: Marcus Morris (knee) is out.

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Michael Porter
PF – Paul Millsap
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: JaMychal Green is out (calf)

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 9 a.m. ET, Justin Phan is seeing value on two matchups: Pelicans vs. Heat and Clippers vs. Nuggets. To see his analysis on those picks, sign up for our NBA Insiders Tool.

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