NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (October, 22): Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal Questionable Friday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (October, 22): Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal Questionable Friday article feature image

Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Friday's NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. 

NBA Injury News

Philadelphia 76ers start Joel Embiid is listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Brooklyn Nets. Embiid is dealing with a sore knee and will likely be a game-time decision.

The Sixers are already without Ben Simmons who was suspended for the season opener and is not mentally ready to play, according to multiple reports.

Simmons reported to shootaround today ahead of Nets game and was seen engaged around the team, sources said. The three-time All-Star has expressed he wants to play but isn't prepared mentally.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 22, 2021

Shake Milton is also out for the Sixers leaving them thin at the guard spot.

Bradley Beal is questionable to play Friday for the Washington Wizards in their matchup with the Indiana Pacers. Beal is dealing with soreness in his hip and has had discomfort walking this week.

Terry Rozier is questionable to play on Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers after missing the Charlotte Hornets' season opening with a left ankle sprain, but he is expected to try and play.

Projected Starting Lineups

Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Justin Holiday
SF – Jeremy Lamb
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Jeremy Lamb (Wrist), Justin Holiday (Ankle), and Torrey Craig (Shoulder) are questionable; Kelan Martin (Hamstring) and Caris LeVert (Back) are out

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Spencer Dinwiddie
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
PF – Kyle Kuzma
C – Daniel Gafford

Injury news: Bradley Beal (Hip) and Devontae Shuler (Personal) are questionable; Cassius Winston (Hamstring) and Rui Hachimura (COVID Protocols) are out

New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: Taj Gibson (Personal) is questionable; Nerlens Noel (Knee) is out

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Terrence Ross
SF – Jalen Suggs
PF – Franz Wagner
C – Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury news: E'Twaun Moore (Knee), Gary Harris (Hamstring) and Chuma Okeke (Hip) are out

Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Terry Rozier
SG – LaMelo Ball
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – Miles Bridges
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Terry Rozier (Ankle) is questionable

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Collin Sexton
SG – Darius Garland
SF – Evan Mobley
PF – Lauri Markkanen
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Dean Wade (Ankle) is probable; Darius Garland (Ankle) is questionable; Dylan Windler (Hip) is out

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

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Durant
SG – James Harden
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Blake Griffin
C – Nic Claxton

Injury news: Kyrie Irving (Personal) and Day'Ron Sharpe (Toe) are out

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Maxey
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Joel Embiid (Knee) is questionable; Ben Simmons (Personal) and Shake Milton (Ankle) are out

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

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Goran Dragic
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Precious Achiuwa
C – Khem Birch

Injury news: Yuta Watanabe (Calf) is out

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Robert Williams
C – Grant Williams

Injury news: Marcus Smart (Knee) is probable and Josh Richardson (Migraine) are probable; Al Horford (Conditioning) is questionable

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte' Graham
SG – Nickeil Alexander-Walker
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Naji Marshall
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Josh Hart (Quad) is questionable

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – DeMar DeRozan
SF – Zach LaVine
PF – Patrick Williams
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Patrick Williams (Shoulder) is probable

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SG – Eric Gordon
SF – Jalen Green
PF – Christian Wood
C – Daniel Theis

Injury news: Danuel House (Personal) is out

San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets (9 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Derrick White
SF – Doug McDermott
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Nothing new

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Monte Morris
SG – Will Barton
SF – Michael Porter Jr.
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Nothing new

Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings (9 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

PG – Mike Conley
SG – Donovan Mitchell
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic
PF – Royce O'Neale
C – Rudy Gobert

Injury news: Nothing new

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De'Aaron Fox
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Tyrese Haliburton
PF – Harrison Barnes
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Maurice Harkless (Hip) is questionable

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Landry Shamet (Foot) is probable

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Kent Bazemore
SF – LeBron James
PF – Anthony Davis
C – Deandre Jordan

Injury news: Wayne Ellington (Hamstring), Trevor Ariza (Ankle), Kendrick Nunn (Knee) and Talen Horton-Tucker (Thumb) is injured

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