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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Dec. 30): LeBron James Questionable for Wednesday, Kawhi Leonard Still ‘Day-to-Day’, LaMarcus Aldrige Out

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Dec. 30): LeBron James Questionable for Wednesday, Kawhi Leonard Still ‘Day-to-Day’, LaMarcus Aldrige Out article feature image

Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images. Pictured: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23).

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

Wednesday’s NBA Injury News

Two stars for Los Angeles teams are being watched closely for Wednesday’s slate of games. The LA Clippers are still unsure when Kawhi will see the floor after he needed stitches on Christmas night (the Clippers are also on the second night of a back-to-back against the Portland Trail Blazers).

The LA Lakers have also listed LeBron James on the injury report with a sprained ankle. Per out NBA Insiders tool:

James is once again listed on the injury report with a sprained left ankle and is questionable heading into Wednesday’s game … The Lakers continue to list James despite him playing in each game this season, averaging 30.5 minutes per game. 

Jimmy Butler appears to be closer to playing compared to yesterday, but it still sitting out a home back-to-back against the Milwaukee Bucks after a blowout loss on Tuesday.

Be sure to check the NBA Insiders tool for real time updates.

Wednesday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Danilo Gallinari (foot) is probable. Clint Capela (Achilles) is active. Tony Snell (foot) is out.

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – Joe Harris
SF – Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
PF – Kevin Durant
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Nothing new

Memphis Grizzlies at Boston Celtics (7 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Tyus Jones
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Kyle Anderson
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: De’Anthony Melton (health protocols), Justise Winslow (hip) and Ja Morant (ankle) are out

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Semi Ojeleye
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Daniel Theis

Injury news: Tristan Thompson is out. Jayson Tatum (thumb) is questionable. Jeff Teague is expected to start if Tatum sits.

Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat (7 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Torrey Craig (nose) is out.

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Tyer Herro
SG – Duncan Robinson
SF – Moe Harkless
PF – Bam Adebayo
C – Meyers Leonard

Injury news: Jimmy Butler (ankle) is out.

Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: LeBron James (ankle) is questionable, Alex Caruso (health protocols) is out.

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Lonnie Walker
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Derrick White (toe) is out. LaMarcus Aldridge is out with a sore knee.

Charlotte Hornets at Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news:  Malik Monk and PJ Washington are expected to be active

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Tim Hardaway
PF – Dorian Finney-Smith
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Josh Richardson (calf) is questionable

Portland Trail Blazers at LA Clippers (10 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Gary Trent Jr. (calf), Carmelo Anthony is probable after clearing health and safety protocols

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: Kawhi Leonard (mouth laceration) is questionable

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 11:15 a.m. ET, Justin Phan sees an edge on one total that he’s bet. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for our NBA Insiders Tool.

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