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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 11): Kristaps Porzingis Debut Postponed, Joel Embiid Trending Toward Playing

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 11): Kristaps Porzingis Debut Postponed, Joel Embiid Trending Toward Playing article feature image

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6).

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

The Philadelphia 76ers are still down to a limited amount of eligible players to play on Monday after several Sixers players were required to quarantine due to Seth Curry’s positive COVID test. Tobias Harris, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle, Vincent Poirier and Curry remain in quarantine. Ben Simmons will remain out as well due to a sore knee that flared up last Thursday.

Mike Scott, who has been dealing with knee soreness, was active Saturday, but did not play. He’s expected to be active for Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks and could see time if necessary.

Joel Embiid is expected to return to the lineup after missing Saturday’s loss with a tight back. If Embiid is cleared to play, he’ll likely be one of eight eligible players in the contest for the Sixers.

The Dallas Mavericks will see their second star, Kristaps Porzingis, on the floor for Monday’s game agains the New Orleans Pelicans.

Prior to the report from Shams Charania that Porzingis was playing, our tool was projecting the possibility.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Porzingis has been upgraded to questionable on the latest injury report in advance of Monday’s game. He has yet to make his season debut after recovering from right knee surgery … Porzingis is currently in the probable starting lineup, but it’s likely he’ll have a minutes limit if he’s able to suit up.

In addition, the Washington Wizards ruled Russell Westbrook out. The team announced Westbrook will miss at least a week with a quad injury.

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

Monday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Giannis Antetokounmpo (back) is probable.

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Dwayne Bacon
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Evan Fournier (back) is questionable, Michael Carter-Williams (foot) is out.

Phoenix Suns at Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Cameron Payne (ankle) is doubtful.

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Raul Neto
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Deni Avdija
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Robin Lopez

Injury news: Russell Westbrook remains out.

New York Knicks at Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Frank Ntilikina (knee) remains out.

Hornets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Memphis Grizzlies at Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jonas Valanciunas has cleared health and safety protocols, John Konchar (ankle) and Justise Winslow (hip) are out.

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Collin Sexton (ankle) is questionable, Darius Garland (shoulder) is out.

Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Maxey
SG – Isaiah Joe
SF – Danny Green
PF – Mike Scott
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Mike Scott (knee) and Joel Embiid (back) are probable, Ben Simmons (knee) is out. Seth Curry, Tobias Harris, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle, and Vincent Poirier remain in quarantine.

Hawks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Bruno Fernando (hip), Trae Young (wrist), Kevin Huerter (ankle), and Tony Snell (hip) are probable, Bogdon Bogdanovic (knee) is out.

New Orleans Pelicans at Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET)


Indiana Pacers at Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: TJ McConnell (personal) is out.

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Buddy Hield (ankle) and Richaun Holmes (ankle) are questionable.

Toronto Raptors at Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Chris Boucher

Injury news: Nothing new.

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 8:30 a.m. ET, Justin Phan is seeing betting value in one Monday game: Indiana Pacers vs. Sacramento Kings. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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