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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 26): Luka Doncic Probable, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid Active Monday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 26): Luka Doncic Probable, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid Active Monday article feature image

Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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

6 p.m. ET Update: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Dennis Schroder will both officially start on Monday. Anthony Davis has also been cleared to play in the third straight game since returning from a calf injury.

Joel Embiid has been cleared to play Monday. Ben Simmons has been cleared to return to the lineup for the 76ers after missing the previous three games due to an illness. Tobias Harris will also suit up, but Danny Green has been ruled out.

Luka Doncic and Dorian Finney-Smith were upgraded from questionable to probable Monday. Kristaps Porzingis, Josh Richardson, and JJ Redick were downgraded from questionable to doubtful.

Russell Westbrook and Rui Hachimura have been cleared to play Monday on the second leg of a back-to-back. Robin Lopez suffered a sprained left ankle on Sunday, and is out.

Lou  Williams is dealing with flu-like symptoms and has been downgraded to out on Monday.

Collin Sexton will remain out Monday, as expected, as he continues to deal with a concussion. Matthew Dellavedova, Isaiah Hartenstein, and Lamar Stevens and Larry Nance Jr. are also sidelined. The Toronto Raptors have upgraded Rodney Hood from probable to available Monday but now list Gary Trent Jr. as out.

Jae Crowder and Dario Saric have been ruled out for Monday’s game.

The Dallas Mavericks have listed Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Josh Richardson, and Maxi Kleber as questionable ahead of Monday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Doncic suffered an elbow injury Saturday night while Porzingis and Richardson sat out over the weekend. If all three are unable to suit up, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson would see a minutes increase and usage bump. 

The Los Angeles Lakers continue to list Anthony Davis as probable ahead of Monday’s game as he works his way back to 100% from a strained calf. Davis saw his minutes ramp all the way back up to 28.3 minutes in Saturday’s loss and appears to be a game or two away from being off his minutes limit.

Dennis Schroder is listed as questionable with a calf injury while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marc Gasol are probable.

Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris are listed questionable ahead of Monday’s game while Ben Simmons remains out with an illness. Embiid was a late scratch right before Saturday’s loss after previously being cleared to play, while Harris played in his second straight contest following a three-game absence. Mike Scott would get another start at center if Embiid can’t go, while George Hill has settled in as the starting point guard in Simmons’ place.

Trae Young is listed as doubtful after missing the past two games with a Grade 2 lateral ankle sprain for Young.

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Projected Starting Lineups

Atlanta Hawks vs. Detroit Pistons (7 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SG – Kevin Huerter
SF – Solomon Hill
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Lou Williams (illness), Trae Young (Ankle), De’Andre Hunter (Knee) and Tony Snell (Ankle) are out; Kris Dunn (Ankle) is active

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Cory Joseph
SG – Wayne Ellington
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Josh Jackson (illness), Rodney McGruder (Elbow) and Dennis Smith Jr. (Knee) are out

San Antonio Spurs vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Rudy Gay (Back) and Lonnie Walker (headache) are available; Trey Lyles (Ankle) is out

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Raul Neto
SF – Bradley Beal
PF – Anthony Gill
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Rui Hachimura (Knee) is active

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – Kyle Kuzma
PF – Anthony Davis
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Marc Gasol (Finger) is probable; Dennis Schroder (Calf), Anthony Davis (Calf) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Ankle) are active

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Dwayne Bacon
PF – Chuma Okeke
C – Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury news: Terrence Ross (Back), James Ennis (Calf) and Otto Porter (Foot) are out

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Svi Mykhailiuk
SF – Aleksej Pokusevski
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Moses Brown

Injury news: Lu Dort (hip) is out

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Ben Simmons (Illness), Tobias Harris (Knee), Joel Embiid (Shoulder), Furkan Korkmaz (Ankle) and Paul Reed (COVID Protocols) are active; Danny Green (hip) and Mike Scott (hip) are out

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF – Cedi Osman
PF – Kevin Love
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Collin Sexton (Concussion) is doubtful

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Khem Birch

Injury news: Jalen Harris (Hip) is questionable; Rodney Hood (Knee) is probable; Paul Watson (Knee) is out

Phoenix Suns vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jae Crowder (Ankle), Langston Galloway (Personal), Abdel Nader (Knee) are doubtful

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Alec Burks (COVID Protocols) is out

Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Garrett Temple
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Daniel Theis
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Zach LaVine (COVID Protocols) and Troy Brown Jr. (Ankle) are out

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kendrick Nunn
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Trevor Ariza
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Gabe Vincent (Knee) is probable; Tyler Herro (Foot), Kendrick Nunn (Elbow) and Andre Iguodala (Hip) are out

Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Josh Okogie
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Nothing new

Los Angeles Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Terance Mann
SF – Paul George
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Rajon Rondo (Wrist) is active, Yogi Ferrell (Quad) is questionable; Luke Kennard (Rest) is out

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Willy Hernangomez

Injury news: James Johnson (Adductor) and Steven Adams (Toe) are out

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Denver Nuggets (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

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Facundo Campazzo
SG – PJ Dozier
SF – Aaron Gordon
PF – Michael Porter Jr.
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Nothing new

Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Luka Doncic (Elbow) and Dorian Finney-Smith (leg) are probable; Kristaps Porzingis (Ankle), Josh Richardson (Hamstring) and JJ Redick (heel) are doubtful; Maxi Kleber (Back) is questionable

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Haliburton
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Moe Harkless
PF – Harrison Barnes
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Nothing new

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