NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (October, 19): Kendrick Nunn Game-Time Decision for Lakers on Opening Night
Christian Petersen/Getty Images. Pictured: Kendrick Nunn #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Tuesday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad.
NBA Injury News
The reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks will open up the 75th NBA season at home with a matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Bucks have already announced four players won’t play in the season opener — Bobby Portis, Semi Ojeleye, Rodney Hood and Donte DiVincenzo — and the Nets will notably be without their star guard Kyrie Irving, who has not be allowed to practice or play due to his vaccination status.
In the late game, the Los Angeles Lakers host the Golden State Warriors at Staples center and L.A. will be without several players for its first game. Trevor Ariza and Talen Horton-Tucker will both miss extended time — Ariza is expected to miss two months after ankle surgery and Horton-Tucker is expected to miss a month after hand surgery. Wayne Ellington is also out with a hamstring strain.
The bumps and bruises don’t stop there for the Lakeshow, though, as Kendrick Nunn is questionable to play with a right ankle sprain. If Nunn is unable to go, Rajon Rondo would likely play extended minutes at point guard behind Russell Westbrook.
The Warriors, outside of players already expected to miss the opener, are relatively healthy.
Projected Starting Lineups
Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks (7:30 p.m. ET)
Nets Projected Lineup
PG – Bruce Brown
SG – James Harden
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Kevin Durant
C – LaMarcus Aldridge
Injury news: Kyrie Irving (Personal) is out
Bucks Projected Lineup
PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Pat Connaughton
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Brook Lopez
Injury news: Khris Middleton (Personal) is probable; Bobby Portis (Hamstring), Rodney Hood (Foot), Semi Ojeleye (Calf), and Donte DiVincenzo (Ankle) are out
Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)
Warriors Projected Lineup
PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Jordan Poole
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney
Injury news: Klay Thompson (Achilles), James Wiseman (Knee), and Jonathan Kuminga (Knee) are out
Lakers Projected Lineup
PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Kent Bazemore
SF – LeBron James
PF – Anthony Davis
C – DeAndre Jordan
Injury news: Malik Monk (Groin) is probable; Kendrick Nunn (Ankle) is questionable; Wayne Ellington (Hamstring), Trevor Ariza (Ankle), Talen Horton-Tucker (Thumb) are out