NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Feb. 27): Kyrie Irving Out, Kristaps Porzingis Probable Saturday

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Sarah Stier/Getty Images. Pictured: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets.

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

2 p.m. ET Update: Kyrie Irving will miss Saturday’s game due to right shoulder injury recovery and Jeff Green will be available to play against the Mavericks. Kristaps Porzingis has been upgraded to probable after initially being listed as questionable for tonight’s primetime game.

The Utah Jazz will rest Mike Conley Saturday on the second leg of a back-to-back against the Orlando Magic.

DeMar DeRozan has returned to the San Antonio Spurs and will be available to play Saturday.


The Dallas Mavericks are monitoring Kristaps Porzingis ahead of their primetime matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Porzingis is officially listed questionable in advance of Saturday’s game. He practiced Friday and coach Carlisle said he expects him to play on Saturday if there are no issues. Porzingis has missed the past three games with a tight back. His imminent return should move Boban Marjanovic back out of the rotation and possibly Dwight Powell as well. There’s been no word of whether he’ll be on a minutes limit or not upon his return.

The San Antonio Spurs could be down to nine available players with Derrick White, Rudy Gay, Devin Vassell, and Keldon Johnson out due to COVID protocols and both DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge questionable.

Aldridge just returned to the lineup after dealing with a hip injury and is now dealing with a wrist injury. DeRozan has been away from the team due to the death of his father and is questionable as well.

The New York Knicks have listed Elfrid Payton as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers as he nurses a hamstring injury. If he’s unable to go, Derrick Rose will likely replace him in the starting lineup as he did Thursday.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Dean Wade
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Taurean Prince (personal) is out

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Mike Scott
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Tobias Harris (knee) is out


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Jaden McDaniels
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news:  Nothing new

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Moe Wagner

Injury news: Davis Bertans (knee) is questionable


New Orleans Pelicans vs. San Antonio Spurs (8 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Nothing new

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Lonnie Walker
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Trey Lyles
C – LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury news: LaMarcus Aldridge (Wrist) is questionable, DeMar DeRozan (Personal) is questionable, Rudy Gay, Devin White, Devin Vassell, and Keldon Johnson are out due to health and safety protocols


Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks (8 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Justin Holiday
SF – Doug McDermott
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Nothing new

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Derrick Rose
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is doubtful


Utah Jazz vs. Orlando Magic (8 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Michael Carter-Williams
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – Dwayne Bacon
PF – Al-Farouq Aminu
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: James Ennis (calf) is out


Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Monte Morris
SF – Will Barton
PF – Michael Porter Jr.
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: PJ Dozier (hamstring) is questionable, Paul Millsap (knee) and JaMychal Green (shoulder) are out

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Dallas Mavericks vs. Brooklyn Nets (8:30 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury news: Kristaps Porzingis (Back) is questionable

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Kyrie Irving
SF – Bruce Brown
PF – Joe Harris
C – Jeff Green

Injury news: Jeff Green (Shoulder) is questionable


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 11 a.m. ET, Justin Phan isn’t seeing betting value in any Saturday 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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