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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 13): Nets Short-Handed Following James Harden Trade

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Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Caris LeVert #22 of the Brooklyn Nets.

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 updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.

Wednesday’s NBA Injury News

5:15 p.m. ET Update: The Nets will be short-handed on Wednesday following their trade for James Harden. Brooklyn will only play nine players after trading Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince and Rodions Kurucs in the four-team deal.

3:30 p.m. ET Update: Zion Williamson has been added to the injury report due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols and has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

1:30 p.m. ET Update: Al Horford is listed out due to rest in the second leg of a back-to-back with the Los Angeles Lakers. Kevin Durant isn’t on the injury report Wednesday and will play agains the New York Knicks in the second leg of a back-to-back, as expected.

11:30 a.m. ET Update: Wednesday’s game between the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns has been postponed. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Suns playing the Washington Wizards, who have recently had a positive test, Monday night has forced the Suns to do contact tracing for players on their roster.

The NBA has already postponed two Wednesday games — Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics — because one side of the matchup would be without the required number of active players.

As for the games that are scheduled, a number of big men on headline the injury report for tonight’s matchups. The Dallas Mavericks, after having their previous game postponed, are expected to get Kristaps Porzingis back for his season debut. Porzingis was expected to play Monday’s matchup before the game was called off due to health and safety protocols.

Anthony Davis is questionable to play on the second night of a back-to-back against the Oklahoma City Thunder after the Lakers’ win on the road in Houston. Davis apparently jammed his toe, but x-rays were negative.

Karl-Anthony Towns is also questionable for Wednesday and the Minnesota Timberwolves are monitoring his wrist injury closely.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Towns is officially considered questionable in advance of Wednesday’s game as he continues to deal with a perilunate subluxation. Coach Saunders said the plan is for him to practice Tuesday and play on Wednesday barring a setback. Towns was held out of the second night of a back-to-back on Sunday after making his return to the lineup on Saturday following a lengthy absence due to a left wrist dislocation. He was reportedly on a minute restriction in his return, but he played 37 minutes in the overtime loss.

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

Wednesday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Utah Jazz at Washington Wizards (PPD)

The Washington Wizards will not have the league-required eight available players.

Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics (PPD)

The Boston Celtics will not have the league-required eight available players.

Atlanta Hawks at Phoenix Suns (PPD)

This game has been postponed due to COVID-19 contact tracing.

Dallas Mavericks at Charlotte Hornets (6 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Green
SF – Tim Hardaway Jr.
PF – Kristaps Porzingis
C – Willy Cauley-Stein

Injury news: Kristaps Porzingis (knee) is probable. Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney Smith, and Jalen Brunson are out due to health and safety protocols.

Hornets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons (7 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Bobby Portis (knee) is probable.

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Josh Jackson
SF – Jerami Grant
PF – Blake Griffin
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Derrick Rose (knee) is probable.

Brooklyn Nets at New York Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Bruce Brown
SG – Joe Harris
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – Jeff Green
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Kevin Durant is probable on the second night of a back-to-back. Kyrie Irving (personal) is out. Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Tauren Prince and Rodions Kurucs were traded.

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – Austin Rivers
SF – RJ Barrett
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: Obi Toppin (calf) is probable, Reggie Bullock (hip) is doubtful, Alec Burks (ankle) and Frank Ntilikina (knee) are out.

Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Tyus Jones
SG – Dillon Brooks
SF – Kyle Anderson
PF – Brandon Clarke
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: John Konchar (ankle) is questionable.

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – D’Angelo Russell
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Jarrett Culver
PF – Juan Hernangomez
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) and Josh Okogie (hamstring) are questionable.

Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder (8 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 probable and Anthony Davis (toe) is questionable and Wesley Matthews (Achilles) is out.

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

New Orleans Pelicans at LA Clippers (10 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Eric Bledsoe
SG – Josh Hart
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Steven Adams is active, JJ Redick (hamstring) is probable, Eric Bledsoe (eye) is questionable, Lonzo Ball (knee) is out.

Clippers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Ivica Zubac (abdominal) is questionable.

Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Damian Lillard (ankle) is probable, Jusuf Nurkic (quad) is questionable.

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Buddy Hield (ankle) and Richaun Holmes (ankle) are probable.

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 10:30 a.m. ET, Justin Phan isn’t seeing betting value in any Wednesday 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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