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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (January 15): LeBron James Probable, Joel Embiid Questionable

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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 injury updates, check out our FantasyLabs NBA news page

NBA Injury News

5:30 p.m. ET Update: Sixers star Joel Embiid (elbow) is questionable against Miami.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, meanwhile, is questionable for Atlanta’s clash with New York.


2:30 p.m. ET Update: Matisse Thybulle (shoulder) has been ruled out for Saturday’s 76ers-Heat tilt.

The Raptors, on the second of a back-to-back, will rest Scottie Barnes.

Spurs big Jakob Poeltl (back tightness) is doubtful against the Clippers.


LeBron James is listed as probable for Saturday night’s clash against the Denver Nuggets with an abdominal injury. It’s the same area that kept him out eight games in November.

Fellow Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony, meanwhile, is questionable. He missed the team’s last game due to lower back tightness.

The Hawks recently shipped off Cam Reddish and Solomon Hill to the Knicks. Those two clubs meet Tuesday for a good one, though neither will be active vs. their former franchise.

Nets big man Nic Claxton could miss his third straight game, as he’s questionable against the Pelicans.

Projected Starting Lineups

Raptors vs. Bucks (6:30 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Fred VanVleet
SG – Gray Trent Jr.
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Precious Achiuwa

Injury news: Gary Trent (ankle) is questionable. Scottie Barnes (rest) is out.

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Giannis Antetokounmpo
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Wesley Matthews
PF – Khris Middleton
C – Bobby Portis

Injury news: Jrue Holiday (ankle), Brook Lopez (back) and Langston Galloway (health and safety protocols) are out.

Trail Blazers vs. Wizards (7:00 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Anfernee Simons
SG – Ben McLemore
SF – Nassir Little
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Damian Lillard (core), CJ McCollum (reconditioning), Larry Nance Jr. (knee), Norman Powell (health and safety protocols) and Cody Zeller (knee) are out.

Wizards Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Bradley Beal (health and safety protocols) and Davis Bertans (foot) are out.

Knicks vs. Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Solomon Hill (trade), Kemba Walker (knee), Cam Reddish (ankle) and Derrick Rose (ankle) are out.

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – De’Andre Hunter
PF – John Collins
C – Gorgui Dieng

Injury news: Clint Capela (ankle) is doubtful. Danilo Gallinari (Achilles) and Jalen Johnson (ankle) are questionable.

Pelicans vs. Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Brandon Ingram
SF – Josh Hart
PF – Herb Jones
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Kira Lewis Jr. (knee) and Zion Williamson (foot) are out.

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Patty Mills
SF – Kessler Edwards
PF – Kevin Durant
C – Nic Claxton

Injury news: LaMarcus Aldridge (foot), Joe Harris (ankle) and Kyrie Irving (ineligible) are out. Nic Claxton (hamstring) is questionable.

Cavaliers vs. Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new.

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Lu Dort
SF – Josh Giddey
PF – Aaron Wiggins
C – Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Injury news: Kenrich Williams (health and safety protocols) are out.

76ers vs. Heat (8 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Maxey
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Furkan Korkmaz
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Matisse Thybulle (shoulder) and Danny Green (hip) are out.

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Max Strus
SF – Jimmy Butler
PF – Duncan Robinson
C – Omer Yurtseven

Injury news: Nothing new

Clippers vs. Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Amir Coffey
SF – Marcus Morris
PF – Nic Batum
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Paul George (elbow), Luke Kennard (health and safety protocols), Kawhi Leonard (knee), Jason Preston (foot) and Justice Winslow (health and safety protocols) are out. Isaiah Hartenstein (foot) is questionable

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Devin Vassell
SF – Doug McDermott
PF – Keldon Johnson
C -Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Nothing new

Bulls vs. Celtics (8:30 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Coby White
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Troy Brown Jr.
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Nothing new.

Celtics Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new.

Lakers vs. Nuggets (9:30 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Malik Monk
SF – Avery Bradley
PF – Trevor Ariza
C – LeBron James

Injury news: Anthony Davis (knee), Dwight Howard (knee) and Kendrick Nunn (knee) are out. LeBron James (core) is probable. Carmelo Anthony (back) is questionable.

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Monte Morris
SG – Will Barton
SF – Aaron Gordon
PF – Jeff Green
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Vlatko Cancar (foot), P.J. Dozier (knee), Jamal Murray (knee), JaMychal Green (health and safety protocols) and Michael Porter Jr. (spine) are out. Will Barton (neck) is probable. Austin Rivers (illness) is questionable.

Magic vs. Mavericks (9:30 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Franz Wagner
PF – Chuma Okeke
C – Mo Bamba

Injury news: Nothing new

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


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