NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 17): Christian Wood Expected to Return, Kyrie Irving Out Wednesday

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Cato Cataldo/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Christian Wood #35 of the Houston Rockets.

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.

NBA Injury News

3:30 p.m. ET Update: Kyrie Irving has been ruled out Wednesday due to a sore right groin.


1 p.m. ET Update: Christian Wood is expected to return on Wednesday after being sidelined since early February due to a sprained right ankle, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Victor Oladipo has been ruled out Wednesday.

Kemba Walker and Tristan Thompson have officially been ruled out Wednesday against the Cavaliers.


The Toronto Raptors have cleared several players for practice on Tuesday after going through the league’s health and safety protocols, most notably Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet. Siakam has been listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, but VanVleet is doubtful to suit up.

The Houston Rockets will again have their depth tested Wednesday with Victor Oladipo listed as doubtful on the second-night of a back-to-back after playing 41 minutes. The Rockets had eight players active Tuesday and with John Wall out, they will need either Christian Wood (also listed as doubtful), Danuel House, or Ben McLemore to be cleared for to have enough players on their active roster.

The Boston Celtics will likely be without Kemba Walker on the second night of a back-to-back due to rest and Tristan Thompson who was ruled out Tuesday due to health and safety protocols.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

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

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Bruce Brown
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Jeff Green
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Nothing new

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Caris LeVert
SF – Justin Holiday
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Jeremy Lamb (knee) is questionable


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Tony Bradley

Injury news: Nothing new


Sacramento Kings vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Hassan Whiteside (health protocols) is questionable, Marvin Bagley (hand) is out

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Raul Neto (rib) is questionable


Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons (7 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Aron Baynes

Injury news: Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Patrick McCaw, and Malachi Flynn have cleared health and safety protocols and are questionable, OG Anunoby is out

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Rodney McGruder
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Rodney McGruder (Elbow) and Dennis Smith Jr. (health protocols) are questionable


Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (8 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Semi Ojeleye
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Daniel Theis

Injury news: Tristan Thompson (health protocols) and Kemba Walker (rest) are out

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Larry Nance Jr.
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Kevin Love (calf) is doubtful


Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Nothing new

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SG – Ben McLemore
SF – Danuel House
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Ben McLemore (Ankle) and Danuel House (knee) are questionable, Christian Wood (ankle) is probable and Victor Oladipo (rest) is out


San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Derrick White
SF – Lonnie Walker
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: DeMar DeRozan (personal) is out

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Tomas Satoransky
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Lauri Markkanen

Injury news: Nothing new


Charlotte Hornets vs. Denver Nuggets (9 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Will Barton
SF – Michael Porter Jr.
PF – Paul Millsap
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Monte Morris (quad), Gary Harris (adductor), and RJ Hampton (health protocols) are out


Miami Heat vs. Memphis Grizzlies (10:30 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Avery Bradley (calf), Andre Iguodala (hip), and Maurice Harkless (illness) are out

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Desmond Bane
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Kyle Anderson
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Nothing new


Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks (9:30 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: Serge Ibaka (Back) is questionable

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury news: Dwight Powell (illness) is questionable, James Johnson (health protocols) is out


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