NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 27): Luka Doncic Cleared to Play, Kristaps Porzingis Out Tuesday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 27): Luka Doncic Cleared to Play, Kristaps Porzingis Out Tuesday article feature image
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Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the Dallas Mavericks.

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

NBA Injury News

8 p.m. ET Update: The Mavericks will be without Josh Richardson and Kristaps Porzingis on Tuesday night. Luka  Doncic has been cleared to play on the second night of a back-to-back despite dealing with an elbow contusion. Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber and JJ Redick will all suit up as well.


6 p.m. ET Update: Goga Bitadze will miss his fourth straight game on Tuesday as he continues to deal with a sprained ankle. Jeremy Lamb has also been ruled out for the Indiana Pacers with a sore knee.

Bruce Brown will miss the Brooklyn Nets’ next two games with knee soreness.

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Kemba Walker will miss at least the next two games as he continues to deal with a strained oblique. Stevens added that he’s hopeful that Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Robert Williams (knee) will be able to return Wednesday.

Lu Dort has been removed from the injury report after missing three of the last four games due to a strained hip.


Kristaps Porzingis and Josh Richardson are currently doubtful Tuesday on the second night of a back-to-back. Porzingis missed the previous two games due to a sprained left ankle and Richardson missed the previous two games due to a tight right hamstring.

Maxi Kleber has returned to the starting lineup with Porzingis unavailable, and Tim Hardaway Jr. has typically replaced Richardson when he’s been out. JJ Redick missed the Mavericks’ previous game due to a sore right heel, and is questionable for Tuesday. Luka Doncic is also questionable with an elbow bruise.

The Boston Celtics will be without Robert Williams, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker on Tuesday.

The Celtics are likely being cautious with Tatum and Walker in the front end of a back-to-back — Walker has typically sat out either the front or back end of these games all season. Williams will miss his seventh straight game due to a sore left knee and Tristan Thompson should start with Grant Williams and Jabari Parker getting more run in the second unit.

Domantas Sabonis remains out  Tuesday while Goga Bitadze and Jeremy Lamb are both questionable. Sabonis will miss his fifth game in a row and there is no word on when he will return. Oshae Brissett and JaKarr Sampson have started each of the last two games with a thin frontcourt.

John Wall will be shut down for the rest of the season due to a strained hamstring, according to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania. This doesn’t come as a surprise as the Rockets have little to play for aside from a top-three pick and have the worst record in the NBA by 2.5 games.

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Projected Starting Lineups

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Edmond Sumner
SF – Caris LeVert
PF – Oshae Brissett
C – Jakarr Sampson

Injury news: Goga Bitadze (Ankle), Jeremy Lamb (Knee) and Domantas Sabonis (Back) are out


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: PJ Tucker (Ankle) is active

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Cody Martin
PF – Miles Bridges
C – PJ Washington

Injury news: Nothing new


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics (7 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Lu Dort
SF – Aleksej Pokusevski
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Moses Brown

Injury news: Lu Dort (Hip) is active; Tony Bradley (Ankle) are questionable

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Semi Ojeleye
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: Kemba Walker (Oblique), Jayson Tatum (Ankle) and Robert Williams (Knee) are out


Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – Joe Harris
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – Jeff Green
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Bruce Brown (Knee) is out

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Khem Birch

Injury news: Gary Trent Jr. (Leg) and Paul Watson (Knee) are out


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets (9 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Josh Okogie
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Nothing new

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SG – Danuel House
SF – Jae’Sean Tate
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: John Wall (Hamstring) will sit out the rest of the season


Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors (9:30 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Luka Doncic (elbow), Dorian Finney-Smith (leg), Maxi Kleber (Back) and JJ Redick (Heel) are active; Kristaps Porzingis (Ankle) and Josh Richardson (Hamstring) are out

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Mychal Mulder
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Nothing new


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 4:30 p.m. ET, Justin Phan is seeing betting value in two games: Thunder vs. Celtics and Mavericks vs. Warriors. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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