NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Feb. 17): Kawhi Leonard Will Sit Out Wednesday vs. Jazz

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

Wednesday NBA Injury News

8:25 p.m. ET Update: Kawhi Leonard will sit out for the third straight game with a lower leg injury.


6 p.m. ET Update: Ben Simmons will miss Wednesday’s game due to an illness. The Sixers will also be without Shake Milton who has an ankle injury. Joel Embiid will be active for tonight’s game after missing two games with back injury.

The Rockets will be without Victor Oladipo and PJ Tucker on Wednesday. Oladipo is out for the third straight game due to a strained right foot and Tucker is sidelined for the second straight game with a left quad contusion.


2:30 p.m. ET Update: Gary Harris and Monte Morris (shoulder) have been upgraded to questionable for the Nuggets Wednesday, while Nikola Jokic is probable. Paul Millsap (knee), Will Barton (personal), and PJ Dozier (hamstring) are out.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been cleared to play Wednesday after missing the past four games with a sprained left knee, though he may be subject to a minutes restriction. Al Horford will rest on the second night of a back-to-back.


The Utah Jazz have been rolling lately, maintaining the best record in the league without their starting point guard Mike Conley. But they could see him return as Conley has upgraded to questionable after missing the past five games with a tight right hamstring.

The Los Angeles Clippers continue to monitor Kawhi Leonard who has missed the past two games with a lower left leg contusion. Leonard has been listed as questionable while Paul George and Nicolas Batum have both been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Jazz.

Victor Oladipo and Eric Gordon (groin) are listed doubtful for for the Houston Rockets’ road game against the Philadelphia 76ers, while PJ Tucker (thigh) is questionable. All three missed the Rockets’ game on Monday. On the other side of that matchup, Joel Embiid is listed probable for Wednesday after missing Monday’s game with a tight back.

The Boston Celtics are expected to be without Kemba Walker on the second leg of a back-to-back after he played 31 minutes on Tuesday.

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

Wednesday’s Projected Starting Lineups

San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (PPD)

This game has been postponed due to the league’s health and safety protocols


Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks (PPD)

This game has been postponed due to the league’s health and safety protocols


Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets (PPD)

This game has been postponed due to the league’s health and safety protocols


New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Orlando Projected Lineup

PG – Michael Carter-Williams
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – Dwayne Bacon
PF – Gary Clark
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Evan Fournier (Back) and Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) are active, James Ennis (Groin) out, Cole Anthony (rib) is out until the All-Star break


Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Kevin Huerter
SF – Cam Reddish
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Tony Snell (Achilles) is questionable, Rajon Rondo (back) is out

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Payton Pritchard
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Semi Ojeleye
C – Daniel Theis

Injury news: Daniel Theis (Finger) is questionable


Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7:30 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – John Wall
SG – Eric Gordon
SF – Danuel House
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – DeMarcus Cousins

Injury news: Victor Oladipo (foot) and PJ Tucker (Thigh) are out, Eric Gordon (groin) is questionable

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Seth Curry
SG – Danny Green
SF – Furkan Korkmaz
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Ben Simmons (illness) is out, Joel Embiid (Back) is active


Denver Nuggets vs. Washington Wizards (8 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Monte Morris
SF – Michael Porter Jr.
PF – JaMychal Green
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Gary Harris (adductor) and Monte Morris (Shoulder) are questionable, Nikola Jokic (thumb) is probable, Paul Millsap (knee), Will Barton (personal), and PJ Dozier (hamstring) are out

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Moe Wagner

Injury news: Nothing new


Indiana Pacers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Justin Holiday
SF – Doug McDermott
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Doug McDermott (Knee) is questionable

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Nothing new


Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Wayne Ellington
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Nothing new

Bulls Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans (9 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Harry Giles (calf) is out

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Steven Adams (Back) is questionable


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies (9 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Theo Maledon
SF – Lu Dort
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Isaiah Roby

Injury news: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee) is active, Al Horford (rest) is out

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kendrick Nunn
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Goran Dragic (ankle) is out

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Juan Toscano-Anderson
C – Draymond Green

Injury news: Nothing new


Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Mike Conley (Hamstring) is questionable

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Reggie Jackson
SF – Lou Williams
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: Kawhi Leonard (Leg) is out, Nic Batum (concussion) and Paul George (toe) are out


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 6 p.m. ET, Justin Phan isn’t seeing betting value on any Wednesday 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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