NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Feb. 6): Kyrie Irving Out, Kevin Durant Upgraded to Questionable Saturday

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Elsa/Getty Images. Pictured: Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets.

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

Saturday’s NBA Injury News

3 p.m. ET Update: Kyrie  Irving has been ruled out for Saturday’s game due to a sprained right index finger. The Nets have officially listed Durant questionable for Saturday’s game despite an earlier report that Durant would not travel with the team.

Anthony Davis was downgraded from probable to questionable Saturday due to a left knee contusion. D’Angelo Russell was downgraded to doubtful on the second night of a back-to-back due to a sore quad that has plagued him for close to two weeks


The situation with Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets has created a new wrinkle for the NBA in its quest to control the spread of COVID-19 around the NBA. Durant was pulled from the starting lineup on Friday, then cleared to play in the middle of the first quarter before ultimately getting pulled again for good.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant will not travel with the team to Philly in advance of Saturday’s game … He was held out due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and the NBA will now figure how long Durant needs to be in the protocols.

The Nets face the Philadelphia 76ers on the second night of a back-to-back Saturday and will likely need to fill Durant’s minutes with players like Bruce Brown and Jeff Green.

The Sixers have listed center Joel Embiid as questionable for Saturday’s game after he hyperextended his knee on Thursday. Ben Simmons is probable after sitting out their previous game and Seth Curry is questionable with an unspecified illness.

The Atlanta Hawks hope to get Trae Young back in the lineup after he sat out their previous matchup with a bruised calf. De’Andre Hunter is still sideline after he underwent a a non-surgical procedure on his knee last week.

Jamal Murray has been added to the injury report with a sore left knee and is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. The Nuggets are already thing at guard with Gary Harris out of the lineup.

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

Saturday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks (1 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – Derrick Jones Jr.
PF – Robert Covington
C – Enes Kanter

Injury news: Damian Lillard (abdominal) and Derrick Jones Jr. (foot) are probable

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings (5 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Monte Morris
SF – Will Barton
PF – Paul Millsap
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Jamal Murray (knee) and Facundo Campazzo (knee) are questionable, Gary Harris (adductor) and PJ Dozier (hamstring) are out

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Daniel Gafford

Injury news: Lauri Markkanen (shoulder) is doubtful, Otto Porter (back) is out

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – James Ennis
PF – Gary Clark
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Nothing new


Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – James Harden
SF – Bruce Brown
PF – Joe Harris
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Kevin Durant (health protocols) is out

76ers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Ben Simmons (calf) is probable, Seth Curry (illness) and Joel Embiid (knee) are questionable


Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks (8 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Aron Baynes

Injury news: Nothing new

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Kevin Huerter
SF – Cam Reddish
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Trae Young (knee) and Onyeka Okongwu (Achilles) are questionable, Kevin Huerter (ankle) is probable, De’Andre Hunter (knee) is out


Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – D’Angelo Russell
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Josh Okogie
C – Naz Reid

Injury news: Nothing new

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Hamidou Diallo
SG – Kenrich Williams
SF – Darius Bazley
PF – Isaiah Roby
C – Al Horford

Injury news: Nothing new


San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Derrick White
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Rudy Gay (hip) is active, Dejounte Murray (ankle) is questionable, LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) and Lonnie Walker (illness) are out

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – John Wall
SG – Victor Oladipo
SF – Jae’Sean Tate
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Demarcus Cousins

Injury news: John Wall (back) and David Nwaba (ankle) are questionable, Christian Wood (ankle) is out


Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers (8 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Taurean Prince
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Nothing new


Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Juan Toscano-Anderson
C – Draymond Green

Injury news: Eric Paschall (knee) is questionable

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury news: Nothing new


Memphis Grizzlies at New Orleans Pelicans (9 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Dillon Brooks
SF – Kyle Anderson
PF – Brandon Clarke
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Brandon Clarke (calf) is questionable, Jonas Valanciunas and Grayson Allen have been removed from the injury report after clearing health and safety protocols

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Wayne Ellington
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Blake Griffin (rest) is doubtful, Wayne Ellington (calf) is questionable

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (knee) are probable


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 3 p.m. ET, Justin Phan isn’t seeing betting value in any Saturday games. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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