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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (December 3): Karl-Anthony Towns, Tobias Harris Out Friday

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

7 p.m. ET Update: Karl-Anthony Towns will sit out Friday night. Kristaps Porzingis has officially been ruled out for the Mavericks and Josh Hart will sit out for the Pelicans.

Domantas Sabonis has been downgraded to questionable Friday.


6 p.m. ET Update: Kristaps Porzingis was downgraded to doubtful ahead of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans due to a left knee contusion. Anthony Davis was upgraded to probable ahead of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a sprained left thumb.

Tobias Harris has been ruled out for the Philadelphia 76ers Friday with a non-COVID illness.


The Los Angeles Lakers expect to have LeBron James back on the floor after he cleared the league’s health and safety protocol. James sat out against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, but it was due to a false positive test. Anthony Davis is questionable to play Friday against the L.A. Clippers with a thumb injury.

Karl-Anthony Towns is questionable to play against the Brooklyn Nets with a tail bone injury. Towns took a hard fall in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ last game, but reportedly has gone through the morning shootaround.

Tobias Harris missed shootaround for the Philadelphia 76ers with a non-Covid related illness and his status for tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks is unknown. Harris recently returned from a bout with Covid that sideline him for six games at the beginning of the month.

Christian Wood, who left the Houston Rockets’ most recent game with an ankle sprain, is probable to play on Friday night.

Projected Starting Lineups

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Tyler Herro
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Dewayne Dedmon

Injury news: Markieff Morris (Neck), Jimmy Butler (Glute) and Bam Adebayo (Thumb) are out

Pacers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Justin Holiday (COVID Protocols) and TJ McConnell (Wrist) are out

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF – Lauri Markkanen
PF – Evan Mobley
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Dean Wade (Calf) and Cedi Osman (Back) are out

Wizards Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Davis Bertans (Ankle) is no longer listed; Aaron Holiday (Illness) and Deni Avdija (Illness) are available

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

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Maxey
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Matisse Thybulle
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Tobias Harris (Illness) is out

Hawks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Cam Reddish (Wrist) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (Ankle) are out

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jarred Vanderbilt (Illness), Jaylen Nowell (Illness) and Anthony Edwards (Illness) are active; Karl-Anthony Towns (Back), Jaden McDaniels (Illness) and Patrick Beverley (Adductor) are out

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Patty Mills
SF – Bruce Brown
PF – Kevin Durant
C – LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury news: Nothing new

Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jalen Suggs (Thumb) is out

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SG – Eric Gordon
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Christian Wood (Ankle) is probable; Kevin Porter Jr. (Thigh) questionable; Jalen Green (Hamstring) is out

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

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Nickeil Alexander-Walker
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Herbert Jones
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Josh Hart (Knee) and Zion Williamson (Foot) are out

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Frank Ntilikina (Calf) is available; Kristaps Porzingis (Knee) and Willie Cauley-Stein (Personal) are out

Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz (9 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroeder
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Al Horford
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Jaylen Brown (Hamstring) is out

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Los Angeles Clippers  vs. L.A. Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Paul George
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Nicolas Batum (Illness) is out

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Avery Bradley
SF – LeBron James
PF – Anthony Davis
C – Dwight Howard

Injury news: LeBron James (Abdominal), Avery Bradley (Thumb) and Anthony Davis (Thumb) are probable; Kendrick Nunn (Knee) is out

Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Landry Shamet
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Devin Booker (Hamstring) and Abdel Nader (Knee) are out

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Jordan Poole
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Andrew Wiggins (Back) is no longer listed; Andre Iguodala (Knee) is out


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