NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 11): Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis Out Thursday

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Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks.

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

5:30 p.m. ET Updates: Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic will sit out Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on the second night of a back-to-back for injury recovery. Darius Bazley is also out due to a shoulder contusion. Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter are available for the Bulls. Both players have missed the past month and could see their minutes monitored.


Marcus Smart will suit up for the Boston Celtics Thursday after missing the entire month of February with a calf injury. Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Smart played five-on-five during practice on Wednesday with full contact and is off the injury report for Thursday’s contest. He had recently been sidelined due to a strained left calf. Smart said he will definitely have a minutes limit in his return for the first couple games he’s active.

Devin Booker is listed as questionable Thursday with a sprained knee. Phoenix Suns general manager James Jones said Booker should be fine despite sitting out the All-Star game with the injury.

The Miami Heat will be without Bam Adebayo Thursday as he continues to deal with knee tendinitis. Adebayo also missed the the Heat’s last game before the break.

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon has been upgraded to questionable ahead of Thursday’s game against the Heat after being sidelined since January 31 with a sprained left ankle.

Blake Griffin won’t make his debut for the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday as he has been ruled out due to knee injury management. Head coach Steve Nash said that Griffin was able to practice on Wednesday, but the team will be cautious moving forward.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Svi Mykhailiuk
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Delon Wright (Adductor) is questionable

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – PJ Washington
C – Cody Zeller

Injury news: Devonte’ Graham (knee) is probable


Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Daniel Theis

Injury news: Marcus Smart (calf) is active

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Kyrie Irving
SF – Bruce Brown
PF – Joe Harris
C – Jeff Green

Injury news: Jeff Green (Shoulder) is active, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (knee) is out, Blake Griffin (knee) is out and Kevin Durant (hamstring) remains out for at least two more games


Atlanta Hawks vs. Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Kevin Huerter
SF – Tony Snell
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: De’Andre Hunter (knee) and Cam Reddish (Achilles) are out

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Norman Powell
SF – DeAndre Bembry
PF – Stanley Johnson
C – Aron Baynes

Injury news: Terence Davis (ankle) is questionable, Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Patrick McCaw, and Malachi Flynn are out due to health and safety protocols


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Seth Curry
SG – Danny Green
SF – Matisse Thybulle
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Mike Scott

Injury news: Nothing new

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Lauri Markkanen
C – Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury news: Lauri Markkanen (Shoulder) and Otto Porter (back) are active


Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Michael Carter-Williams
SG – Dwayne Bacon
SF – Aaron Gordon
PF – Al-Farouq Aminu
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Aaron Gordon (Ankle) is questionable, Cole Anthony (rib), Evan Fournier (groin), and James Ennis (calf) are out

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kendrick Nunn
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – KZ Okpala
C – Kelly Olynyk

Injury news: Bam Adebayo (knee) is out


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 – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Taj Gibson (ankle) is questionable, Derrick Rose (health protocols) and Austin Rivers (personal) are out

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Jake Layman
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Jarrett Culver (toe) is doubtful, D’Angelo Russell (knee), Malik Beasley (suspension), and Jordan McLaughlin (health protocols) are out

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: JJ Redick (heel) is out


Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (9 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Luka Doncic (rest) and Kristaps Porzingis (rest) are out

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Theo Maledon
SF – Lu Dort
PF – Kenrich Williams
C – Al Horford

Injury news: Darius Bazley (shoulder) is out


Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Devin Booker (Knee) is questionable, Cameron Johnson (health protocols) is out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – Derrick Jones Jr.
PF – Robert Covington
C – Enes Kanter

Injury news: Nothing new


Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – James Wiseman

Injury news: James Wiseman (COVID Protocols) is questionable

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: Marcus Morris (concussion protocol) is active


Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – John Wall
SG – Victor Oladipo
SF – Eric Gordon
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – PJ Tucker

Injury news: Eric Gordon (Knee) is questionable, Danuel House (Knee) Christian Wood (ankle), Rodions Kurucs (oblique), and David Nwaba (wrist) are out

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Hassan Whiteside (health protocols) is out, Tyrese Haliburton (calf) is active


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