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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 15): Trae Young, Giannis Antetokounmpo Cleared to Return Thursday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 15): Trae Young, Giannis Antetokounmpo Cleared to Return Thursday article feature image

David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks.

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

6:30 p.m. ET Update: Trae Young has been cleared to play for the Hawks Thursday night after missing two games with a strained calf. Giannis Antetokounmpo will return for the Bucks after missing six games with a sore knee. Donte DiVincenzo has been ruled out Thursday due to a sore toe.

Danilo Gallinari has been ruled out for his third straight game as he continues to deal with a sore foot.

Collin Sexton will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lineup Thursday after missing the previous two games due to a strained groin. Kelly Oubre will sit out against the Cavaliers for the fourth straight game due to a sore wrist.

Robert Williams has somewhat surprisingly been ruled out for the Boston Celtics due to a sore knee. He was added to the injury report earlier Thursday and there was no prior word heading in that he was even dealing with a knee injury.

There are just four games on Thursday night’s schedule and the key news to watch centers around two players in the same game.

Trae Young is listed as questionable tonight in a matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. Young has missed two games in a row entering Thursday due to a strain in his calf and had missed just three games all season before sitting out with the injury.

On the other side of that matchup, Giannis Antetokounmpo is also questionable to play. Antetokounmpo been out since April 3 and has missed six games in a row for the Bucks.

As we noted in yesterday’s injury report, Antetokounmpo did practice fully on Tuesday, however, head coach Mike Budenholzer decided against playing him Wednesday night on the first leg of a back-to-back.

In Thursday’s late TNT game, the Los Angeles Lakers have five players — Andre Drummond, Marc Gasol, Kyle Kuzma, Dennis Schroder and Wesley Matthews — listed as probable. Markieff Morris, who sat out the Lakers’ most recent game is questionable with an ankle injury.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Pat Connaughton
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Brook Lopez

Injury news: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Knee) is active; Donte DiVincenzo (toe) is out

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Kevin Huerter
PF – Solomon Hill
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Danilo Gallinari (Foot) is out; Trae Young (Calf) are questionable

Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (8 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kent Bazemore
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Kelly Oubre (Wrist) is out

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Kevin Love
C – Jarrett Allens

Injury news: and Collin Sexton (Groin) is active; Damyean Dotson (Knee) is questionable; Dylan Windler (Knee) is doubtful

Sacramento Kings vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Maurice Harkless
PF – Harrison Barnes
C – Damian Jones

Injury news: Nothing new

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Abdel Nader (Knee) is out

Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: Evan Fournier (COVID Protocols) and Robert Williams III (knee) are out

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – Kyle Kuzma
PF – Markieff Morris
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Markieff Morris (Ankle) is questionable; Marc Gasol (Hamstring), Wesley Matthews (Achilles), Andre Drummond (Toe), Dennis Schroder (Pelvis) and Kyle Kuzma (Calf) are probable

Phan’s Bet to Watch

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