NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (December 8): Luka Doncic Questionable, Paul George Questionable Wednesday

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Ron Jenkins/Getty Images. Pictured: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks.

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

6 p.m. ET Update: Paul George has been added to the injury report with an elbow injury and is questionable to play tonight vs. the Celtics.

Tyrese Maxey has been cleared to play for the Philadelphia 76ers.


Luka Doncic is listed as questionable ahead of the Dallas Mavericks’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Doncic is dealing with ankle soreness and would be playing the second night of a back-to-back after a game at home on Tuesday.

Tyrese Maxey is questionable to play for the Philadelphia 76ers due to a non-Covid illness. Maxey sat out their game against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday with the same issue.

D’Angelo Russell is questionable to return to the lineup for the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing their last game with an ankle injury. Karl-Anthony Towns has been cleared to play as he deals with a sore tail bone.

The Portland Trail Blazers are severely banged up with Damian Lillard already out with an abdominal injury. Last night, it was reported that CJ McCollum would be out indefinitely with a collapsed lung. Ahead of tonight’s game against the Golden State Warriors, Anfernee Simons, Nassir Little, Cody Zeller and Ben McLemore are questionable to play.

The Brooklyn Nets will rest Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge on the second night of a back-to-back. Jaylen Brown will sit his second straight game in Los Angeles with a sore hamstring.

Projected Starting Lineups

New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nerlens Noel (Back) Probable

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Chris Duarte
SF – Caris LeVert
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Justin Holiday (COVID Protocols), and TJ McConnell (Wrist) are out

Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons (7 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Davis Bertans (Illness) is available

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Killian Hayes
SG – Cade Cunningham
SF – Jerami Grant
PF – Saddiq Bey
C – Isaiah Stewart

Injury news: Cory Joseph (Knee) is probable; Hamidou Diallo (Face) is available

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

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Maxey
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Tyrese Maxey (Illness) is available

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – James Bouknight
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – Miles Bridges
C – PJ Washington

Injury news: LaMelo Ball, Jalen McDaniels, Terry Rozier, Mason Plumlee and Ish Smith are out due to COVID Protocols

Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Alex Caruso (Hamstring) is doubtful; DeMar DeRozan, Coby White, Matt Thomas and Javonte Green are out due to COVID Protocols

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF – Lauri Markkanen
PF – Evan Mobley
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Dean Wade (Calf) is questionable; Dylan Windler (Calf) is out

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Fred VanVleet
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – Scottie Barnes
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Chris Boucher

Injury news: Precious Achiuwa (Shoulder), OG Anunoby (Hip) and Khem Birch (Knee) are out

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat (7:30 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Bobby Portis

Injury news: George Hill (Knee) is questionable

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Tyler Herro
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Dewayne Dedmon

Injury news: Caleb Martin (Knee) is questionable; Jimmy Butler (Back) is out

Brooklyn Nets vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Patty Mills
SF – DeAndre Bembry
PF – James Johnson
C – Bruce Brown

Injury news: Kevin Durant (Rest) and LaMarcus Aldridge (Rest) are out

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Eric Gordon
SG – Garrison Mathews
SF – Jae’Sean Tate
PF – Daniel Theis
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Danuel House (Ankle), Kevin Porter Jr. (Thigh), Usman Garuba (Thigh) and Jalen Green (Hamstring) are out

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

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nikola Jokic (Arm) is probable; Will Barton (Back) is questionable; Bol Bol (COVID Protocols) and Bones Hyland (COVID Protocols) are doubtful; Austin Rivers (COVID Protocols) is out

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Josh Hart (Knee) is questionable

Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (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: Hassan Whiteside (Glute) and Udoka Azubuike (Ankle) are out

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: D’Angelo Russell (Ankle), and Jaylen Nowell (Back) are questionable; Karl-Anthony Towns (Back) and Patrick Beverley (Adductor) are available

Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Kristaps Porzingis
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Sterling Brown (Foot) and Luka Doncic (Ankle) are questionable; Willie Cauley-Stein (Personal) is out

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Tyus Jones
SG – Desmond Bane
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Jaren Jackson Jr.
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Kyle Anderson (Back) is doubtful; Brandon Clarke (Knee) is out

Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jalen Suggs (Thumb) is out

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Harrison Barnes (Foot) and Maurice Harkless (Knee) are questionable

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Smith Jr.
SG – Norman Powell
SF – Tony Snell
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Cody Zeller (Quad), Anfernee Simons (Ankle) Ben McLemore (Hip) and Nassir Little (Ankle) are questionable; Damian Lillard (Abdominal) and CJ McCollum (Ribs) are out

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Jordan Poole
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Andre Iguodala (Knee) is questionable

Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroeder
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Al Horford
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Jabari Parker (Illness) is questionable; Bruno Fernando (Back) is doubtful; Jaylen Brown (Hamstring) is out

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Eric Bledsoe
SG – Reggie Jackson
SF – Paul George
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Nicolas Batum (Conditioning) is questionable


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