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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 7): Kyrie Irving Out vs. 76ers Thursday

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Pictured: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Thursday’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.

Thursday’s NBA Injury News

6 p.m. ET Update: Kyrie Irving has been ruled out Thursday due to personal reasons. Seth Curry will also miss tonight’s 76ers-Nets game with a sore ankle. There’s been no official word yet on Joel Embiid but it appears that he’s strongly trending towards playing Thursday.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is questionable for Thursday’s road matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on TNT. Embiid played 36 minutes in Wednesday’s high-scoring game against the Washington Wizards and has already missed the second leg of a Sixers’ back-to-back this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers have the lengthiest injury report with three starters listed as questionable: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. They will get back fan favorite Alex Caruso after he missed five games.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Caruso has been removed from the injury report in advance of Thursday’s game after being absent due to health and safety protocols. The Lakers have listed James, Anthony Davis (adductor), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) as questionable. James has repeatedly been listed on the injury report despite playing in each game this season. If Davis is unable to suit up, Kyle Kuzma will step into the starting lineup and benefit from a boost in usage.

The Denver Nuggets were hoping to get Michael Porter Jr. back for their TNT matchup with the Dallas Mavericks after Porter finished his mandatory quarantine. But he’s officially ruled out.

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

Thursday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Philadelphia 76ers at Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Joel Embiid is questionable. Seth Curry is questionable with an ankle injury.

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – Bruce Brown
SF – Taurean Prince
PF – Jeff Green
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Rodions Kurucs (ankle) is active, Kyrie Irving (personal) is out, Kevin Durant (health protocols) remains out.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Darius Garland (shoulder) is out.

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Tyus Jones
SG – Dillon Brooks
SF – Kyle Anderson
PF – Brandon Clarke
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: John Konchar (ankle) is out.

Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets (10 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Willy Cauley-Stein

Injury news: Trey Burke (illness) is out.

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Michael Porter Jr. is out due to COVID protocols.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – D’Angelo Russell
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Jarrett Culver
PF – Juan Hernangomez
C – Ed Davis

Injury news: Josh Okogie (hamstring) is out.

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Rodney Hood (quad) is questionable.

San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Lonnie Walker
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury news: Nothing new

Lakers Lineup

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

Injury news: LeBron James (ankle), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) and Anthony Davis (adductor) are questionable and Alex Caruso is active after clearing health and safety protocols.

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 10 a.m. ET, Justin Phan sees value two Thursday games: Cavaliers vs. Grizzlies and 76ers vs. Nets. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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