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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Feb. 19): Paul George, Kawhi Leonard Active vs. Jazz Friday

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Harry How/Getty Images. Pictured: Paul George (front) and Kawhi Leonard (rear) of the LA Clippers.

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

Friday NBA Injury News

8:20 p.m. ET Update: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are active for Friday’s game against the Utah jazz. Mike Conley will suit up for the first time since Feb. 5.

6:30 p.m. ET Update: Ben Simmons has been ruled out for the Philadelphia 76ers in Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls due to an illness. Shake Milton will also sit for the Sixers in that matchup.

Jaylen Brown has been upgraded to active and is expected to play Friday for the Boston Celtics despite a sore left knee.

The Los Angeles Clippers have four rotation players listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz as Staples Center, including Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Leonard, Paul George (toe), Nicolas Batum (concussion), and Luke Kennard (knee) are questionable heading into Friday’s contest. Leonard missed the past three games with a sore left leg, and Lou Williams has thrived as Leonard’s replacement in the starting lineup. George has been absent the previous seven contests, and Reggie Jackson has been starting in the interim while Amir Coffey has received rotation minutes the past two games.

On the other side of that matchup, the Utah Jazz are hopeful that Mike Conley will return to their lineup for this pivotal game. Conley is listed as questionable after missing six games with a tight right hamstring.

The Boston Celtics will get Kemba Walker and Daniel Theis back Friday, but have listed Jaylen Brown as questionable with a sore knee. Brown missed two games this month with a knee injury, but has been mostly durable this season.

Draymond Green has been listed questionable for Friday’s road game against  the Orlando Magic after being a late scratch on Wednesday due to a sore ankle. It’s possible the Warriors may be cautious on the first leg of a back-to-back.

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

Friday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets (PPD)

This game has been postponed due to health and safety protocols.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets (PPD)

This game has been postponed due to the climate and energy crisis in Texas.

Golden State Warriors vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Draymond Green (Ankle) is active

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Michael Carter-Williams
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – James Ennis
PF – Khem Birch
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Evan Fournier (Back) and James Ennis (Groin) are active

Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Will Barton (Personal) is active and JaMychal Green (Shoulder) are active, Gary Harris (adductor), Paul Millsap (knee), and PJ Dozier (hamstring) are out

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Cedi Osman
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Taurean Prince (ankle) is out, Dylan Windler (knee) is active

Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7:30 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Seth Curry
SG – Danny Green
SF – Matisse Thybulle
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Ben Simmons (Illness) and Shake Milton (ankle) are out

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: Nothing new

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Semi Ojeleye
C – Daniel Theis

Injury news: Jaylen Brown (Knee) is and Daniel Theis (finger) are active

Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Willy Hernangomez

Injury news: Steven Adams (ankle) is out

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks (8 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Bryn Forbes
SG – Donte DiVincenzo
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Brook Lopez

Injury news: Nothing new

Detroit Pistons vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Sekou Doumbouya (concussion) is active

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Dillon Brooks (Thigh) and De’Anthony Melton (shoulder) are questionable, Desmond Bane (personal) is active

Toronto Raptors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (9 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Fred VanVleet
SG – Norman Powell
SF – DeAndre Bembry
PF – OG Anunoby
C – Pascal Siakam

Injury news: Kyle Lowry (ankle) is doubtful

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

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

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 active

Clippers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nicolas Batum (Concussion), Paul George (Toe), Kawhi Leonard (Leg) and Luke Kennard (knee) are active

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 6:30 p.m. ET, Justin Phan isn’t seeing betting value on any Friday 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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