NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (November 17): Jimmy Butler & Khris Middleton Active Wednesday

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

8:45 p.m. ET Update: Javonte Green (Ankle) is a game-time decision for the Bulls.

8:20 p.m. ET Update: Norman Powell (Ankle) and Damian Lillard (Abdominal) will play.

7:20 p.m. ET Update: Kevin Porter Jr. (Thigh) is out for the Rockets. Naz Reid (Foot) is active for the Timberwolves.

6:30 p.m. ET Update: Anthony Davis (Thumb) will play for the Lakers, and Khris Middleton (Personal) and George Hill (Back) will play for the Bucks.

Bogdan Bogdanovic (Ankle) and Kevin Huerter (Hamstring) are both available to play.

5:30 p.m. ET Update: Jimmy butler (Ankle) and Dewayne Dedmon (Groin) are active for the Heat while Bam Adebayo (Knee) and Kyle Lowry (Rest) are out.

Chris Duarte (Shoulder) is out for the Pacers.

5 p.m. ET Update: Robert Williams has been ruled out for the Celtics Wednesday with left knee tendinopathy.

Gordon Hayward is active for the Hornets with a hamstring injury. Jalen Suggs is available to play for the Magic despite his ankle injury.


The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to have Khris Middleton back for their matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night. Middleton has been getting re-conditioned after dealing with COVID-19 and is listed as probable on the injury report.

Bradley Beal, who had missed the past two games for personal reasons, is not listed on the injury report should return to the lineup for the Washington Wizards Wednesday.

The Miami Heat have listed both Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo as questionable ahed of Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Both players missed the Heat’s most recent game on Monday — Butler has been out a week since spraining his ankle and Adebayo is nursing a knee bruise. Dewayne Dedmon is also questionable with a right groin strain.

Damian Lillard is again listed as questionable ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Bulls as he continues to deal with a lower abdominal injury. Lillard was questionable Monday but ended up playing 40 minutes against the Toronto Raptors.

The Atlanta Hawks are monitoring Kevin Huerter, who is questionable for tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics with hamstring tightness. Huerter played 16 minutes Monday before leaving the game with the injury.

The Hawks are already down De’Andre Hunter on the wing and if Huerter can’t go, Solomon Hill and Cam Reddish will likely see a boost in minutes.

Kevin Love is expected to return to the lineup for the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday ahead of their game against the Brooklyn Nets. Love had been sidelined since the start of November due to COVID-19 and has been working on his conditioning. With Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley out, the Cavs have little depth up front.

Projected Starting Lineups

Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons (7 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Justin Holiday
SF – Caris LeVert
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Chris Duarte (Shoulder) is out

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Killian Hayes
SG – Cade Cunningham
SF – Jerami Grant
PF – Saddiq Bey
C – Isaiah Stewart

Injury news: Nothing new

Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Rui Hachimura (Conditioning) is out; Bradley Beal (Personal) no longer listed on injury report

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – Miles Bridges
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Gordon Hayward (Hamstring) is active; PJ Washington (Elbow) is out

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Grant Williams
C – Al Horford

Injury news: Jaylen Brown (Hamstring) and Robert Williams (Knee) are out

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Kevin Huerter
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Bogdan Bogdanovic (Ankle) and Kevin Huerter (Hamstring) will play; De’Andre Hunter (Wrist) is out

Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jalen Suggs (Ankle) is active

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: Nerlens Noel (Knee) is out

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Darius Garland
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Dean Wade
C – Kevin Love

Injury news: Kevin Love (Conditioning) is probable; Lauri Markkanen (COVID Protocols), Jarrett Allen (Illness), Lamar Stevens (Ankle) and Evan Mobley (Elbow) are out

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Patty Mills
SG – James Harden
SF – Bruce Brown
PF – Kevin Durant
C – Blake Griffin

Injury news: Nothing new

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Avery Bradley
SF – Talen Horton-Tucker
PF – Carmelo Anthony
C – Anthony Davis

Injury news: Anthony Davis (Thumb) will play; LeBron James (Abdominal), Kendrick Nunn (Knee) and Austin Reaves (Hamstring) are out

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Bobby Portis

Injury news: George Hill (Back) and Khris Middleton (Personal) will play; Brook Lopez (Back) is out

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Miami Heat (7:30 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Tyler Herro
SG – Duncan Robinson
SF – Jimmy Butler
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Dewayne Dedmon

Injury news: Jimmy Butler (Ankle), Dewayne Dedmon (Groin) and Bam Adebayo (Knee) are questionable; Markieff Morris (Neck) is out

Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Jalen Green
SG – Eric Gordon
SF – Danuel House Jr.
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Kevin Porter Jr. (Thigh) is out

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Josh Giddey
SF – Lu Dort
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Injury news: Derrick Favors (Rest) is out; Mike Muscala (Rest) is out

Sacremento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Tyrese Haliburton
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Chimezie Metu
C – Richaun Holmes
Injury news: Nothing new

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – D’Angelo Russell
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Naz Reid (Foot) will play; Josh Okogie (Back) is questionable

Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Jalen Brunson
SG – Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Kristaps Porzingis
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Maxi Kleber (Oblique) and Luka Doncic (Ankle) are out

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Frank Kaminsky (Knee) is questionable

Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – DeMar DeRozan
SF – Zach LaVine
PF – Javonte Green
C – Tony Bradley

Injury news: Alex Caruso (Wrist) is probable; Javonte Green (Ankle) is a game-time decision; Nikola Vucevic (Illness) is out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Norman Powell (Ankle) and Damian Lillard (Abdominal) will play


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