NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (November 21): Nikola Jokic Out Sunday vs. Suns With Wrist Injury

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (November 21): Nikola Jokic Out Sunday vs. Suns With Wrist Injury article feature image
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Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets.

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

7:30 p.m. ET Update: Nikola Jokic has been ruled out Sunday with a wrist injury.


5 p.m. ET Update: LeBron James has been cleared to play Sunday. He is not expected to be on any minutes restrictions. Killian Hayes is now doubtful to play for the Pistons.

OG Anunoby has also been downgraded and is doubtful to play against the Golden State Warriors.


3:30 p.m. ET Update: Luka Doncic has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Maxi Kleber has been cleared to return and is available. Nicolas Batum has also been scratched due to an illness, but Serge Ibaka is active after missing much of the start of the season.

Mitchell Robinson has been ruled out for the New York Knicks due to a concussion.


Three key players on Sunday’s short six-game slate are questionable to play.

The Dallas Mavericks have listed Luka Doncic as questionable after he missed their past two games this week with an ankle injury. He was able to practice some this week and was questionable ahead of Friday’s game before being ruled out just before tip.

The Los Angeles Lakers have listed LeBron James as questionable ahead of a road matchup with the Detroit Pistons. James returned to the court after missing eight games with an abdominal injury and looked fine in his 32 minutes. This status could just be a formality, but the Lakers have been cautious with James after injuries over the past two seasons.

Nikola Jokic is also listed as questionable ahead of a big matchup between the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns Sunday. Jokic was ruled out Friday against the Chicago Bulls with a wrist injury. The Nuggets haven’t given much info on Jokic’s status, so we might not know much until closer to game time.

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, who both sat on Friday against the Pistons, have been removed from the injury report and should suit up against the Toronto Raptors Sunday. On the other side of that matchup, OG Anunoby is questionable with a hip pointer. Anunoby was expected to miss extended time, so his questionable tag is a positive sign.

Projected Starting Lineups

Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers (3:30 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Luka Doncic (Knee) is out; Maxi Kleber (Oblique) is available

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Paul George
PF – Amir Coffey
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Marcus Morris (Knee) and Nicolas Batum (Illness) are out; Serge Ibaka has been cleared to return with a minutes limit

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons (6 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Avery Bradley
SF – Talen Horton-Tucker
PF – LeBron James
C – Anthony Davis

Injury news: Anthony Davis (Thigh) is probable; LeBron James (Abdominal) is active; Kendrick Nunn (Knee) and Austin Reaves (Hamstring) are out

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Cory Joseph
SG – Cade Cunningham
SF – Jerami Grant
PF – Saddiq Bey
C – Isaiah Stewart

Injury news: Isaiah Stewart (Ankle) is probable; Killian Hayes (Thumb) is doubtful

Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns (8 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Will Barton (Back) and Nah’Shon Hyland (Hip) are probable; Nikola Jokic (Wrist), Zeke Nnaji (Ankle), Vlatko Cancar (Hip) and Michael Porter Jr. (Back) are out

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Frank Kaminsky (Knee) and Abdel Nader (Coach’s Decision) are out

New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Nerlens Noel (Knee) is active; Taj GIbson (Groin) and Mitchell Robinson (Concussion) are out

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Alex Caruso
SF – Zach LaVine
PF – DeMar DeRozan
C – Tony Bradley

Injury news: Javonte Green (Ankle) is probable; Nikola Vucevic (Illness) is out

Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors (8:30 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: OG Anunoby (Hip) and Yuta Watanabe (Calf) are out; Precious Achiuwa (Shoulder) is no longer on the injury report

Warriors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nemanja Bjelica (Ribs) and Otto Porter are active; Gary Payton II (Hernia) and Andre Iguodala (Knee) are out


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