NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 27): Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard Questionable Saturday

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Meg Oliphant/Getty Images. Pictured: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers.

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 updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.

NBA Injury News

The Dallas Mavericks are unsure if Luka Doncic will be available for Saturday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Mavericks are playing the second night of a back-to-back and Doncic, who was a late addition to Friday’s injury report, was ruled out ahead of tip-off due to back tightness. Kristaps Porzingis is also questionable after playing 38 minutes last night; the Mavericks have been cautious with him playing on consecutive nights.

Kawhi Leonard is also questionable to play Saturday after he sat out of the Clippers’ game on Thursday with a sore foot. That game was on the second night of a back-to-back so there’s a chance the Clippers were just resting their star player. Marcus Morris, who also missed their game Thursday night, is questionable as well.

Bradley Beal has been downgraded to questionable ahead to the Washington Wizards’ matchup with the Detroit Pistons Saturday due to a sore right foot.  Zach LaVine is a new addition to the injury report with a sprained right ankle, and he is questionable prior to the contest on Saturday.

Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real time updates.

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Projected Starting Lineups

New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks (8 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: Nerlens Noel (Shoulder) and Reggie Bullock (Ankle) are questionable; Elfrid Payton (Hamstring) and Julius Randle (Thigh) are probable

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Donte DiVincenzo
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Brook Lopez

Injury news: Nothing new


Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards (8 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Smith Jr.
SG – Wayne Ellington
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Dennis Smith Jr. (Back) is questionable

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Bradley Beal (Foot) is questionable


Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – John Wall
SG – Ben McLemore
SF – Sterling Brown
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Nothing new

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Jaden McDaniels
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Nothing new


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

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Tomas Satoransky
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Lauri Markkanen
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Zach LaVine (Ankle) is questionable

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Derrick White
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Nothing new


Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz (9 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Kyle Anderson
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Nothing new

Jazz Projected Lineup

PG – Donovan Mitchell
SG – Joe Ingles
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic
PF – Royce O’Neale
C – Rudy Gobert

Injury news: Mike Conley is doubtful


Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Kristaps Porzingis (Rest) and Luka Doncic (Back) are questionable

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Nickeil Alexander-Walker
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Lonzo Ball (Hip) is doubtful


Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (9 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Kemba Walker (rest) is doubtful

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Lu Dort
SF – Aleksej Pokusevski
PF – Isaiah Roby
C – Al Horford

Injury news: Nothing new


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Mike Scott

Injury news: Nothing new

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Marcus Morris (Calf) is questionable, Kawhi Leonard (Foot) is questionable


Cleveland Cavaliers  vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Larry Nance Jr.
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Collin Sexton (Hamstring) is questionable

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 11 a.m. ET, Justin Phan isn’t seeing betting value in any Saturday games. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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