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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (December 15): Paul George Questionable, Joel Embiid Available, Khris Middleton Out Wednesday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (December 15): Paul George Questionable, Joel Embiid Available, Khris Middleton Out Wednesday article feature image
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Soobum Im/Getty Images. Pictured: Paul George # 13 of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Wednesday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. For real-time injury updates, check out our FantasyLabs NBA news page

NBA Injury News

6:30 p.m. ET Update: Khris Middleton has been ruled out with a hyperextended knee.

Joel Embiid and Seth Curry have been cleared to play Wednesday after being listed as questionable earlier today. Justin Holiday is available to return after recovering from health and safety protocols.


6 p.m. ET Update: Anthony Davis has been cleared to play Wednesday despite a sore left knee. Evan Mobley has been ruled out with a sore right hip.


5:30 p.m. ET: Christian Wood has been ruled out for the next two games with a knee injury. Mo Bamba out Wednesday due to a sprained right ankle.

Kyle Kuzma expected to play Wednesday after clearing health and safety protocols.


1 p.m. ET Update: Tyler Herro has been ruled out for the Miami Heat with a right quad contusion.

Georges Niang (Health and Safety) and Furkan Korkmaz (Illness) are out for the Philadelphia 76ers.


Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers dues to the league’s health and safety protocols. Antetokounmpo is one of three players — Donte DiVincenzo and Wesley Matthews — are on the Bucks out due to Covid. Khris Middleton is questionable to suit up with a hyperextended left knee.

The Lakers will be without Dwight Howard, Malik Monk and Talen Horton-Tucker due to health and safety protocols. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both probable to suit up.

Paul George is questionable to return to the lineup for the Los Angeles Clippers after missing three games with an elbow injury. Nic Batum is also questionable with a right ankle sprain.

Joel Embiid and Seth Curry are questionable to suit up for the Philadelphia 76ers. Embiid missed their last game with a rib injury and Curry missed that game with a shoulder injury.

Projected Starting Lineups

Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Gabe Vincent
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Dewayne Dedmon

Injury news: Tyler Herro (Quad), Caleb Martin (COVID Protocols) and Jimmy Butler (Back) are out

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Maxey
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Mattisse Thybulle
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Seth Curry (Shoulder) and Joel Embiid (Ribs) are questionable; Furkan Korkmaz (Illness) is out; Georges Niang has entered the league’s health and safety protocols and is out

Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Kevin Huerter
SF – Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Bogdan Bogdanovic (Ankle) and De’Andre Hunter (Wrist) are out

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Franz Wagner
PF – Chuma Okeke
C – Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury news: Mo Bamba (Ankle) is out

Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – DJ Augustin
SG – Armoni Brooks
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Daniel Theis

Injury news: Christian Wood (Knee), Eric Gordon (Groin), Danuel House (Ankle), Kevin Porter Jr. (Thigh) and Jalen Green (Hamstring) are out

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF – Lauri Markkanen
PF – Dean Wade
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Evan Mobley (Hip) is out

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Avery Bradley
SF – Wayne Ellington
PF – LeBron James
C – Anthony Davis

Injury news: Anthony Davis (Knee) is available; LeBron James (Abdominal) is probable; Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker and Dwight Howard are out due to health and safety protocols

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Jalen Brunson
SG – Reggie Bullock
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Kristaps Porzingis
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Sterling Brown (Foot), Luka Doncic (Ankle) and Willie Cauley-Stein (Personal) are out

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Josh Hart
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Herbert Jones
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Nothing new

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Josh Giddey
SF – Kenrich Williams
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Injury news: Lu Dort (Ankle) is out

Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks (8 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Chris Duarte
SF – Caris LeVert
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Justin Holiday (Conditioning) is questionable

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Pat Connaughton
PF – Khris Middleton
C – Bobby Portis

Injury news: Khris Middleton (Knee) is questionable; DeMarcus Cousins (Personal) is out; Wesley Matthews, Donte DiVincenzo and Giannis Antetokounmpo are out due to health and safety protocols

Charlotte Hornets vs. San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Terry Rozier
SG – Cody Martin
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – Miles Bridges
C – PJ Washington

Injury news: Mason Plumlee (Rib) is probable; Ish Smith and LaMelo Ball (COVID Protocols) are out due to health and safety protocols

Spurs Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Lonnie Walker (Illness) is out

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets (9 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – D’Angelo Russell
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: D’Angelo Russell (Ankle) is questionable

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Monte Morris
SG – Will Barton
SF – Aaron Gordon
PF – Jeff Green
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Will Barton (Illness) and Aaron Gordon (Back) are probable; Austin Rivers (COVID Protocols) is questionable; JaMychal Green (Ankle) is out

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz (10 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Luke Kennard
SF – Terance Mann
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Nicolas Batum (Ankle) and Paul George (Elbow) are questionable; Serge Ibaka (Personal) is out

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jared Butler (Knee) and Udoka Azubuike (Ankle) is out

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Tyus Jones
SG – Desmond Bane
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Jaren Jackson Jr.
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Ja Morant (COVID Protocols), Brandon Clarke (Knee), Sam Merrill (Ankle) and Ziaire Williams (Ankle) are out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – Norman Powell
SF – Nassir Little
PF – Larry Nance Jr.
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Nothing new

Washington Wizards vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Kyle Kuzma (COVID Protocols) is probable

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Tyrese Haliburton
SF – Terence Davis
PF – Harrison Barnes
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Richaun Holmes (Eye) is doubtful; Marvin Bagley has entered the league’s health and safety protocols and is out


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