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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Feb. 15): Kawhi Leonard Out vs. Heat Monday

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Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers.

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 NBA Injury News

4:45 p.m. ET Update: The Los Angeles Clippers have ruled out Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley for Monday’s game. Leonard missed their game Sunday due to a lower left leg contusion while Beverley is resting in the second leg of the Clippers’ back-to-back.

1 p.m. ET Update: Russell Westbrook was not included on the injury report Monday on the second night of a back-to-back, and he is reportedly available to play after suiting up for 29 minutes in Sunday’s afternoon victory.

The Los Angeles Clippers are monitoring Kawhi Leonard who is listed as questionable to play Monday against the Miami Heat after getting scratch just before Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a leg contusion. head coach Tyronn Lue said before Sunday’s game that he isn’t sure when Leonard will be back, which puts his status up in the air on the second night of a back-to-back.

Joel Embiid is listed questionable for Monday’s matchup with the Utah Jazz due to back tightness. Philadelphia 76ers head coach Rivers noted he prefers Dwight coming off the bench with the second unit, and Bradley may get another start Monday if Embiid can’t play.

The Nets announced that Durant has been diagnosed with a mild strained left hamstring following an evaluation on Sunday, and he will miss at least the next two games. He just returned on Saturday after missing time due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

In non-injury news, the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t play Andre Drummond for the foreseeable future as they seek a trade for him, according to reporting from ESPN’s Adrain Wojnarowski.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Drummond was rested Sunday but also reportedly benched due to his recent attitude and play, per The Athletic. Drummond will remain with the team but would no longer be active for games until a trade is finalized. Expect Jarrett Allen to remain the starting center with JaVale McGee getting reserve minutes

Drummond is on the last year of his deal and will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

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

Monday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – John Wall
SG – Eric Gordon
SF – Jae’Sean Tate
PF – PJ Tucker
C – DeMarcus Cousins

Injury news: Victor Oladipo (foot) is out.

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Moe Wagner

Injury news: Russell Westbrook (rest) is active, Ish Smith (quad) and Anthony Gill (illness) are out

Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Garrett Temple
PF – Patrick Williams
C – Daniel Gafford

Injury news: Wendell Carter Jr. (Quad) is questionable

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Justin Holiday
SF – Doug McDermott
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Doug McDermott (Knee) is questionable

Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Tony Snell (Achilles) is questionable, Rajon Rondo (back) is out

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Nothing new

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz (9 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Joel Embiid (Back) is questionable

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Mike Conley (hamstring) is out

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Taurean Prince
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Andre Drummond will no longer be active for the Cavs as they work on a trade ahead of the March 25th deadline

Warriors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Draymond Green (Knee) is probable

Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kendrick Nunn
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Goran Dragic (ankle) is out

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Lou Williams
SF – Luke Kennard
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: Kawhi Leonard (Leg) and Patrick Beverley (rest) out

Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – James Harden
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Jeff Green
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: DeAndre Jordan (personal) is probable, Kevin Durant (hamstring) is out

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Marvin Bagley (Calf) is questionable

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 5 p.m. ET, Justin Phan isn’t seeing betting value on any Monday 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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