NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (January 12): Kyrie Irving and James Harden Cleared to Play 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 p.m. ET Update: Kyrie Irving and James Harden have been cleared to play. Nic Claxton will sit out Wednesday.


7 p.m. ET Update: Seth Curry has been cleared to return to the court after missing the Sixers’ last game with a sore ankle.

Cam Reddish and Clint Capela have been ruled out for the Atlanta Hawks. John Collins and De’Andre Hunter have been cleared to play.


6 p.m. ET Update: Kemba Walker has been ruled out for the New York Knicks with knee soreness. Taj Gibson and Nerlens Noel have been cleared to play.

Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert have been cleared to return to the court for the Indiana Pacers. Marcus Smart has been ruled out for the Boston Celtics with a thigh contusion.

Hassan Whiteside has entered health and safety protocols and is out of tonight’s game for the Utah Jazz. Norvel Pelle, their lone back up center on the roster is questionable with a non-COVID illness.


Kyrie Irving, who suffered an ankle sprain while chasing a loose ball, is listed as questionable Wednesday. Irving is only available to play in road games and the Brooklyn Nets are in Chicago to face the Bulls. James Harden and Nic Claxton are also questionable to suit up. Harden sat out their previous game with a hyperextended knee and Claxton is dealing with hamstring tightness.

Kemba Walker is questionable to play for the New York Knicks after missing the past six games with a sore knee. Nerlens Noel is questionable due to conditioning after sitting out the past 10 games.

Seth Curry is questionable to return to the lineup for the Philadelphia 76ers after sitting out their most recent game with a sore ankle. Tobias Harris is listed as probable despite dealing with a sore shoulder.

Malcolm Brogdon is again listed as questionable for the Indiana Pacers after missing eight straight games with a sore Achilles. Caris LeVert is also questionable due to conditioning after clearing health and safety protocols. LeVert hasn’t played a game in 2021.

De’Andre Hunter is questionable to play for the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday. Hunter has been out since Nov. 14 after undergoing wrist surgery. Cam Reddish is also questionable with a write ankle sprain.

Projected Starting Lineups

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Al Horford
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Payton Pritchard (COVID Protocols) is available; Marcus Smart (Thigh) is out

Pacers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Caris LeVert (Conditioning), Goga Bitadze (Conditioning) and Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) are available; Chris Duarte (Personal) is out

Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Kai Jones (COVID protocols), Kelly Oubre (COVID Protocols) and Vernon Carey (G League) are out

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Maxey
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Matisse Thybulle
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Tobias Harris (Shoulder) and Seth Curry (Ankle) are available, Shake Milton (Back) is out

Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Franz Wagner
PF – Chuma Okeke
C – Robin Lopez

Injury news:  Mo Bamba (Toe) and Wendell Carter Jr. (Hamstring) are out

Wizards Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Bradley Beal (COVID Protocols) is out; Thomas Bryant will make his season debut after returning from a torn ACL

Dallas Mavericks vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Jalen Brunson
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Willie Cauley-Stein (Personal) and Kristaps Porzingis (COVID Protocols) are out

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Alec Burks
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: Taj Gibson (Wrist) and Nerlens Noel (Conditioning) are available; Kemba Walker (Knee) is out

Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Max Strus
SF – Caleb Martin
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Omer Yurtseven

Injury news: Dewayne Dedmon (Knee) is available; Markieff Morris (COVID Protocols), Jimmy Butler (Ankle) and KZ Okpala (Wrist) are out

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Kevin Huerter
PF – John Collins
C – Onyeka Okongwu

Injury news: Gorgui Dieng (COVID protocols) and Sharife Cooper (Thumb), John Collins (Back), De’Andre Hunter (Wrist) are available; Cam Reddish (Ankle) and Clint Capela (Ankle) are out

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Armoni Brooks (COVID Protocols) is available; Alperen Sengun (Ankle) is out

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Joshua Primo
SF – Lonnie Walker IV
PF – Keita Bates-Diop
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Jock Landale (Back) is probable, Derrick White (COVID Protocols), Keldon Johnson (COVID Protocols) and Devin Vassell (COVID Protocols) are questionable; Drew Eubanks (Illness), Doug McDermott (COVID Protocols) and Tre Jones (COVID protocols) are out

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz (9 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Lamar Stevens
SF – Lauri Markkanen
PF – Evan Mobley
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Rajon Rondo (Hamstring) is questionable

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Joe Ingles (Conditioning) and Norvel Pelle (Illness) are questionable, Hassan Whiteside (COVID protocols), Rudy Gay (COVID Protocols), Rudy Gobert (Shoulder) is out, Elijah Hughes (COVID Protocols), Udoka Azubuike (COVID Protocols), Malik Fitts (Wrist) and Jared Butler (COVID Protocols) are out

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Avery Bradley
SF – Malik Monk
PF – Stanley Johnson
C – LeBron James

Injury news: Russell Westbrook (Illness) and LeBron James (Abdominal) are probable, Carmelo Anthony (Back) is questionable

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Tyrese Haliburton
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Marvin Bagley
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Tristan Thompson (Illness), Damian Jones (COVID Protocols), Richaun Holmes (Conditioning) is out

Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls (10 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – James Harden
SF – David Duke Jr.
PF – Kevin Durant
C – Blake Griffin

Injury news: James Harden (Knee) and Kyrie Irving (Ankle) are available; Nic Claxton (Hamstring) and LaMarcus Aldridge (Foot) are out,

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – DeMar DeRozan
SF – Zach LaVine
PF – Derrick Jones Jr.
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Tyler Cook (Ankle), Alex Caruso (COVID Protocols) and Javonte Green (Adductor) are out


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