NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (October 29): Nikola Jokic, LeBron James Questionable Friday

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Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Friday's NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. 

NBA Injury News

Nikola Jokic is listed as questionable Friday for the Denver Nuggets' home matchup against the Dallas Mavericks. Jokic suffered a knee injury in a collision with Rudy Gobert on Tuesday night and sat out the remainder of the game.

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said he didn't think the injury "too, too serious" and there is reportedly no structural damage, but Jokic sat out Thursday's practice with knee soreness and will be monitored closely leading up to game time.

On the other side of the matchup, Kristaps Porzingis is questionable for Friday's game after missing Thursday's matchup against the San Antonio Spurs with back tightness.

Malcolm Brogdon, who left the Indiana Pacers' matchup against the Toronto Raptors after just 22 minutes, has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets. Brogdon is dealing with a hamstring strain and could miss more than just tonight's game.

Anthony Davis is probable for Friday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James is questionable as he deals with ankle soreness. Davis was able to play in the Los Angeles Lakers' back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday despite hurting his knee. James sat out both games and is day-to-day.

Projected Starting Lineups

Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors (7 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Jalen Suggs
SF – Franz Wagner
PF – Wendell Carter Jr.
C – Mo Bamba

Injury news: E'Twaun Moore (Knee) and Chuma Okeke (Hip) are out

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Fred VanVleet
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Scottie Barnes
C – Precious Achiuwa

Injury news: Yuta Watanabe (Calf) is out

Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – TJ McConnell
SG – Chris Duarte
SF – Caris LeVert
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Caris LeVert (Back) is questionable; Malcolm Brogdon (Hamstring), Isaiah Jackson (Knee) and Kelan Martin (Hamstring) are out

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Bruce Brown
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Kevin Durant
C – Blake Griffin

Injury news: Nic Claxton (Illness) is questionable

Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat (7:30 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – Miles Bridges
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Terry Rozier (Ankle) is questionable; PJ Washington (Knee) is doubtful

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Duncan Robinson
SF – Jimmy Butler
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Kyle Lowry (Elbow) and Bam Adebayo (Knee) are probable

Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De'Aaron Fox
SG – Tyrese Haliburton
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Maurice Harkless
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Nothing new

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte' Graham
SG – Nickeil Alexander-Walker
SF – Josh Hart
PF – Brandon Ingram
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Josh Hart (Quad) is questionable; Garrett Temple (Ankle) is doubtful

Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver Nuggets (10 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Kristaps Porzingis (Back) is questionable; Trey Burke (COVID Protocols) is out

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Monte Morris
SG – Will Barton
SF – Michael Porter Jr.
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Nikola Jokic (Knee) is questionable

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Paul George
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Serge Ibaka (Back) and Marcus Morris (Knee) are out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Norman Powell (Knee) is questionable; Tony Snell (Foot) is out

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Collin Sexton
SG – Darius Garland
SF – Evan Mobley
PF – Lauri Markkanen
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Isaac Okoro (Hamstring) is out

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Kent Bazemore
SF – LeBron James
PF – Anthony Davis
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Anthony Davis (Knee) is probable; Rajon Rondo (Ankle), Wayne Ellington (Hamstring) and LeBron James (Ankle) are questionable

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