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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (January 28): LeBron James and Anthony Davis Out, Russell Westbrook Available Friday

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Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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

6:30 p.m. ET Update: LeBron James and Anthony Davis have been ruled out. Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley are available.

Jonas Valanciunas and Brandon Ingram are out for the New Orleans Pelicans. Domantas Sabonis will return to the court for the Indiana Pacers after missing four straight.


The Los Angeles Lakers’ top three players are all questionable to play on the second night of a back-to-back. LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis are all dealing with vary degrees of knee soreness. James sat out Thursday’s game in Philadelphia after being ruled out shortly before the start.

Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart are questionable for the New Orleans Pelicans, both with ankle sprains. Ingram has been out for two games with the injury and Hart missed their last game.

Domantas Sabonis, who has missed four games in a row, is questionable to play for the Indiana Pacers Friday. Jimmy Butler is questionable to play for the Miami Heat with a toe injury.

Christian Wood is questionable to suit up for the Houston Rockets with a migraine. D’Angelo Russell is questionable on the second night of a back-to-back for the Minnesota Timberwolves with a shin injury.

Projected Starting Lineups

Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Cory Joseph
SG – Cade Cunningham
SF – Hamidou Diallo
PF -Saddiq Bey
C – Isaiah Stewart

Injury news: Josh Jackson (Spine) is available; Jerami Grant (Conditioning) and Kelly Olynyk (COVID protocols) are out

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Jalen Suggs
SF – Franz Wagner
PF – Wendell Carter Jr.
C – Mo Bamba

Injury news: Nothing new

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Al Horford
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Nothing new

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Kevin Huerter
SF – De’Andre Hunter
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Danilo Gallinari (Eye) and De’Andre Hunter (Back) are questionable

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Charlotte Hornets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Avery Bradley
SF – Talen Horton-Tucker
PF – Stanley Johnson
C – Dwight Howard

Injury news: Avery Bradley (Illness) and Russell Westbrook (Knee) are available; LeBron James (Knee), Anthony Davis (Knee), Malik Monk (Groin) and Kendrick Nunn (Knee) are out

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Cody Martin
PF – Miles Bridges
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Kelly Oubre (Ankle) is questionable; Jalen McDaniel (Ankle) and Gordon Hayward (COVID protocols) are out

Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Will Barton (Illness) is probable

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Josh Hart
SF – Garrett Temple
PF – Herb Jones
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Jonas Valanciunas (Illness) and Brandon Ingram (Ankle) are out; Josh Hart (Ankle) is questionable

L.A. Clippers vs. Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Amir Coffey
SF – Terance Mann
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Marcus Morris (Personal) is out

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Gabe Vincent
SG – Duncan Robinson
SF – Jimmy Butler
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Jimmy Butler (Toe) is questionable, Kyle Lowry (Personal) is out

Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Caris LeVert
SG – Chris Duarte
SF – Justin Holiday
PF – Torrey Craig
C – Domantas Sabonis

Injury news: Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) and Myles Turner (Foot) are out; Domantas Sabonis (Ankle) is available

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Derrick Favors (Back) is out

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Anfernee Simons
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Dennis Smith Jr. (Leg) and Robert Covington (Knee) are questionable; CJ Elleby (Hamstring) is doubtful; Larry Nance Jr. (Knee) and Nassir Little (Shoulder) are out

Rockets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Josh Christopher (Thigh), Christian Wood (Migraine) and Kevin Porter Jr. (Illness) are questionable; Usman Garuba (Wrist) is out

Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

PG – Mike Conley
SG – Joe Ingles
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic
PF – Royce O’Neale
C – Hassan Whiteside

Injury news: Trent Forrest (Ankle) is questionable; Donovan Mitchell (Concussion) and Rudy Gobert (Calf) are out

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Desmond Bane
SF – Ziaire Williams
PF – Jaren Jackson Jr.
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Kyle Anderson (COVID protocols), Tyus Jones (COVID protocols) and Dillon Brooks (Ankle) are out

Chicago Bulls vs. San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Ayo Dosunmu
SG – DeMar DeRozan
SF – Zach LaVine
PF – Javonte Green
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Lonzo Ball (Knee), Alex Caruso (Wrist) and Derrick Jones Jr. (Knee) are out

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Derrick White
SF – Keldon Johnson
PF – Doug McDermott
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Kieta Bates-Diop (COVID protocols) is out

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns (9 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG -D’Angelo Russell
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Patrick Beverley (Ankle), D’Angelo Russell (Shin) and Jarred Vanderbilt (Foot) are questionable

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Cam Johnson
C – Bismack Biyombo

Injury news: Deandre Ayton (Ankle), Jae Crowder (Wrist), JaVale McGee (Knee) and Cameron Payne (Wrist) are out

New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks (10 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – RJ Barrett
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: Nerlens Noel (Knee) is questionable

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Donte DiVincenzo
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Bobby Portis

Injury news: Wesley Matthews (Knee) is questionable; Rodney Hood (Achilles) is Doubtful


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