NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (October 27): LeBron James Out, Anthony Davis Questionable Wednesday

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Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Wednesday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. 

NBA Injury News

3:30 p.m. ET Update: LeBron James has been ruled out for the second game this week — a back-to-back against the Thunder — as he continues to heal from a sore ankle.

Anthony Davis has also been listed as questionable with a sore right knee and Wayne Ellington is also questionable with a hamstring strain.


The big story on the injury front is the status of LeBron James’ ankle. The Lakers held James out of Tuesday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs and play the second game of a back-to-back set against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. The Lakers haven’t officially released their injury report as of this writing, but James is at least questionable to play at this point.

The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to have Bobby Portis and Semi Ojeleye back in their rotation on Wednesday night when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves. Neither player has seen the floor so far this season and the Bucks are still down Brook Lopez and Jrue Holiday.

The Indiana Pacers could see Caris LeVert for the first time this season, he’s listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Toronto Raptors. LeVert was able to practice in full for the first time this week after dealing with a back injury.

Projected Starting Lineups

Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Kelly Oubre Jr.
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – Miles Bridges
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Terry Rozier (Ankle) is doubtful; PJ Washington (Knee) is out

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: E’Twaun Moore (Knee) and Chuma Okeke (Hip) are out

Atlanta Hawks vs. New Orleans Pelicans (7:30 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Lou Williams (Ankle) and Danilo Gallinari (Shoulder) are questionable; De’Andre Hunter (Illness) is probable

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Nickeil Alexander-Walker
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Herbert Jones
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Josh Hart (Quad) is questionable

Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Caris LeVert (Back) is questionable; Kelan Martin (Hamstring) is out

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Goran Dragic
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Chris Boucher
C – Precious Achiuwa

Injury news: Yuta Watanabe (Calf) is out

Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Raul Neto (Shoulder) and Devontae Shuler (Personal) are questionable; Rui Hachimura (COVID Protocols) and Cassius Winston (Hamstring) are out

Celtics Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Al Horford (Adductor) is probable; Romeo Langford (Calf) is questionable

Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Duncan Robinson
SF – Jimmy Butler
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Nothing new

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Durant
SG – James Harden
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Blake Griffin
C – Nic Claxton

Injury news: Nothing new

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Kent Bazemore
SF – Carmelo Anthony
PF – Anthony Davis
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Wayne Ellington (Hamstring) and Anthony Davis (Knee) are questionable; LeBron James (Ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (Knee) are out

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Derrick Favors (Rest) and Mike Muscala (Rest) are out

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Milwaukee Bucks (8 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – D’Angelo Russell
SG – Josh Okogie
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Nothing new

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – George Hill
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Pat Connaughton
PF – Khris Middleton
C – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Injury news: Semi Ojeleye (Calf) and Bobby Portis (Hamstring) are probable; Brook Lopez (Back) and Jrue Holiday (Ankle) are out

Sacramento Kings vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Tyrese Haliburton
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Maurice Harkless
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Nothing new

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Cameron Payne (Hamstring) is out

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Desmond Bane
SF – De’Anthony Melton
PF – Jaren Jackson Jr.
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Dillon Brooks (Hand) is out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Robert Covington
PF – Nassir Little
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Norman Powell (Knee) is questionable; Tony Snell (Foot) is out

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Collin Sexton
SG – Darius Garland
SF – Lauri Markkanen
PF – Evan Mobley
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Isaac Okoro (Hamstring) is doubtful

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Eric Bledsoe
SG – Reggie Jackson
SF – Paul George
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Serge Ibaka (Back) and Marcus Morris (Knee) are out


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