NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 18): John Wall Active, Stephen Curry Out Friday

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Pictured: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors

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.

NBA Injury News

7 p.m. ET Update: Stephen Curry has officially been ruled out of Friday’s game after he suffered a bruised tailbone in their previous game. Steve Kerr revealed Curry is also doubtful for Saturday. Kelly Oubre will start on Friday after initially being doubtful due to a sprained foot.

John Wall has been cleared to start Friday after missing the previous five games with a left knee contusion.

DeMar DeRozan will return to the lineup Friday despite previously being listed out due to personal reasons, according to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania. Kyrie Irving will return to the lineup Friday after missing the previous game due to a sore groin.


The Golden State Warriors will likely be without two starters in their matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies Friday, most notably Stephen Curry. Head coach Steve Kerr revealed that Curry and Kelly Oubre are both doubtful for Friday. Neither player was able to practice on Thursday after getting banged up Wednesday: Curry never returned to the game after a tailbone contusion, while Oubre was kicked in the foot. Eric Paschall and James Wiseman will also be out for at least seven days as part of the league’s health and safety protocols.

John Wall is listed as questionable for tonight’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons. Wall has missed the previous five games due to a left knee contusion and Kevin Porter Jr. has started at point guard in each of the last four contests. Victor Oladipo will return on Friday after resting in the second leg of a back-to-back on Wednesday.

The Nets have upgraded Kyrie Irving to probable in advance of Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic. Irving sat out of Wednesday’s game with a sore groin.

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Projected Starting Lineups

San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (7:30 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Derrick White
SF – Keldon Johnson
PF – DeMar DeRozan
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: DeMar DeRozan (personal) is active

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Kevin Love (calf) and Taurean Prince (shoulder) are out


Sacramento Kings vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Celtics Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Tristan Thompson (health protocols) is out


Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET)

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

Heat Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Avery Bradley (calf) and Andre Iguodala (hip) are questionable, Maurice Harkless (illness) has been removed from the injury report


Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Nico Mannion
SG – Kent Bazemore
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Kelly Oubre (foot) is active, Eric Paschall and James Wiseman are out due to health and safety protocols; Stephen Curry (tailbone) is out

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic (8 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Kyrie Irving
SF – Bruce Brown
PF – Joe Harris
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Kyrie Irving (Groin) is active

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Michael Carter-Williams (Illness) is questionable


Detroit Pistons vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Frank Jackson
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Rodney McGruder (elbow), Wayne Ellington (adductor), and Hamidou Diallo (groin) are out

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – John Wall
SG – Victor Oladipo
SF – Danuel House
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: John Wall (Knee) and Ben McLemore (ankle) are questionable


Utah Jazz vs. Toronto Raptors (8 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – Norman Powell
PF – OG Anunoby
C – Pascal Siakam

Injury news: Nothing new


Chicago Bulls vs. Denver Nuggets (9 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

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

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) is out, RJ Hampton is out of the health and safety protocols and available to play


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Tim Hardaway Jr.
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury news: Dorian Finney-Smith (personal), James Johnson, (health protocols) and Willie Cauley-Stein (health protocols) are out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 11:30 a.m. ET, Justin Phan sees betting value in multiple Friday games, including Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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