NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Dec. 26): Kevin Love Questionable for Saturday’s Game

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Patrick Smith/Getty Images. Pictured: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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

Saturday NBA Injury News

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love is questionable to make his season debut on Saturday. Love hasn’t played since the Cavs’ first preseason game.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Love is listed questionable in advance of Saturday’s game as he continues to deal with a strained calf … Larry Nance Jr. nearly triple-doubled (13-13-8) in Wednesday’s season opener while starting for Love.

The Atlanta Hawks are dealing with a slew of injuries ahead of their matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, most notably center Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari.

The Knicks will also likely be down both of their rookies — Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley — who are listed as doubtful against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Houston Rockets will have several player out due to COVID-19 protocols after having their opening game cancelled on Wednesday night.

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

Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzlies (5 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdon Bogdanovic
SF – Cam Reddish
PF – Deandre Hunter
C – John Collins

Injury news: Clint Capela (Achilles) and Danilo Gallinari (foot) are doubtful. Rajon Rondo (health protocols) and Tony Snell (foot) are out. Kris Dunn is also out.

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Kyle Anderson
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Justise Winslow is out (hip)


Oklahoma City Thunder at Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – George Hill
SF – Lu Dort
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Al Horford

Injury news: Ty Jerome is out (ankle)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – PJ Washington
C – Cody Zeller

Injury news: None


Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons (7 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Collin Sexton
SG – Darius Garland
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Kevin Love
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Kevin Love is questionable (calf), Dante Exum is questionable (hip), Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) and Kevin Porter Jr. (personal) are out.

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Killian Hayes
SG – Delon Wright
SF – Jerami Grant
PF – Blake Griffin
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: None


Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Markelle Fultz
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – Dwayne Bacon
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: James Ennis is out (hamstring)

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Isaac Bonga
PF – Deni Avdija
C – Thomas Bryant

Injury news: None


Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: None

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – Alec Burks
SF – RJ Barrett
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: Obi Toppin (calf) and Immanuel Quickley (hip) are doubtful, Austin Rivers is out (groin).


Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Victor Oladipo
SF – TJ Warren
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: None

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Lauri Markkanen
C – Wendell Carter

Injury news: None


Toronto Raptors at San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)

Toronto Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Aron Baynes

Injury news: None

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Lonnie Walker
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury news: Derrick White is out.


Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah Jazz (9 p.m. ET)

Wolves Projected Lineup

PG – D’Angelo Russell
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Josh Okogie
PF – Jake Layman
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: None

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Derrick Favors is probable (knee)


Phoenix Suns at Sacramento Kings (8 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Abdel Nader (concussion) and Dario Saric (quad) are out.

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jabari Parker is probable (back)


Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Sterling Brown
SF – Danuel House
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Eric Gordon, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Kenyon Martin Jr., and Mason Jones are all inactive due to COVID-19 protocols

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nassir Little is out (health protocols)


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 10:30 a.m. ET, Justin Phan is still seeing value in four matchups and is watching two potential bets in Saturday’s Magic vs. Wizards game. To see his analysis and pick on that game, sign up for our NBA Insiders Tool.

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