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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (January 5): Trae Young and Rudy Gobert Questionable, Giannis Antetokounmpo Out Wednesday

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Chris Gardner/Getty Images. Pictured: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz.

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 injury updates, check out our FantasyLabs NBA news page

NBA Injury News

3 p.m. ET Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out for the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday with a non-COVID illness.

Spencer Dinwiddie has cleared health and safety protocols but remains out for the Washington Wizards due to conditioning.

Damian Lillard, who is out for rest, is expected to miss at least the next three games for the Portland Trail Blazers with a lingering abdominal injury.

D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns are expected to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves as they continue to ramp up their conditioning.

Robert Williams will suit up for the Boston Celtics despite a toe injury. Jabari Parker, Aaron Nesmith and Romeo Langford are also available to play. Payton Pritchard has been ruled out due to health and safety protocols.


Kyrie Irving is expected to make his season debut for the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday on the road against the Indiana Pacers. Irving cleared health and safety protocols and has been ramping up his conditioning for the past two weeks. As of now, it appears he will only play in road games for the Nets. LaMarcus Aldridge is available to play Wednesday after sitting out on Monday due to a sore foot.

Trae Young and Cam Reddish are listed as questionable ahead of the Atlanta Hawks’ road matchup with the Sacramento Kings. Young is coming off a career-high 56-point performance but is dealing with a sore lower back. Cam Reddish has a sprained right ankle that forced him to sit in the Hawks’ most recent game.

Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell are questionable to return from health and safety protocols for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Russell was out for five games, Towns was sidelined for six games and both players need to pass conditioning tests to get on the floor.

Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson are probable to suit up for the Utah Jazz ahead of their game against the Denver Nuggets with lower back issues. Rudy Gobert and Royce O’Neale are questionable to play. Gobert is dealing with a left shoulder inflammation and O’Neale is nursing tendonitis in his left patellar.

Jimmy Butler has been ruled out after re-aggravating an ankle sprain Monday night against the Golden State Warriors. Butler has missed time off and on all season with an injury to the same ankle.

Projected Starting Lineups

Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Killian Hayes
SG – Cade Cunningham
SF – Hamidou Diallo
PF – Saddiq Bey
C – Trey Lyles

Injury news: Isaiah Steward (Conditioning), Jerami Grant (Thumb), Frank Jackson (Ankle), Isaiah Livers (Foot),  Chris Smith (Conditioning), Isaiah Stewart (Conditioning) and Cory Joseph (COVID Protocols) are out

Hornets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: PJ Washington (Conditioning) and Scottie Lewis (COVID Protocols) are questionable; Vernon Carey (COVID Protocols) is out

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Seth Curry
SG – Furkan Korkmaz
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Myles Powell (COVID Protocols) is questionable; Shake Milton (Back), Matisse Thybulle (COVID Protocols), Paul Reed (COVID Protocols) and Tyrese Maxey (COVID Protocols) are out

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Wendell Carter Jr. (Illness) and Cole Anthony (Ankle) are questionable; Jalen Suggs (Thumb), Moe Wagner (Illness) and Robin Lopez (COVID Protocols) are out

Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SG – Jalen Green
SF – Eric Gordon
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Alperen Sengun (Ankle), Armoni Brooks (COVID Protocols), Dejon Jarreau (COVID Protocols) and Usman Garuba (COVID Protocols) are out

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Raul Neto
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
PF – Kyle Kuzma
C – Daniel Gafford

Injury news: Montrezl Harrell (COVID Protocols), Spencer Dinwiddie (COVID Protocols), Tremont Waters (COVID Protocols), Rui Hachimura (COVID Protocols), Aaron Holiday (COVID Protocols), Brad Wanamaker (COVID Protocols) and Anthony Gill (COVID Protocols) are out

Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Jordan Poole
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Otto Porter Jr. (Rest), Andre Iguodala (Knee) and Klay Thompson (Achilles) is out

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Jalen Brunson
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Trey Burke (Conditioning) is questionable; Willie Cauley-Stein (Personal), Isaiah Thomas (COVID Protocols), Kristaps Porzingis (COVID Protocols), Boban Marjanovic (COVID Protocols) are out

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

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – James Harden
SF – DeAndre Bembry
PF – Kevin Durant
C – LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury news: Kyrie Irving (Conditioning) is not listed on the injury report; LaMarcus Aldridge (Foot) is available

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Keifer Sykes
SG – Duane Washington
SF – Justin Holiday
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Jeremy Lamb (Conditioning), Malcolm Brogdon (Conditioning), and Chris Duarte (COVID Protocols) are doubtful; Torrey Craig (Groin), Caris LeVert (COVID Protocols), Isaiah Jackson (COVID Protocols), Kelan Martin (COVID Protocols), Goga Bitadze (COVID Protocols) are out

San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Derrick White
SF – Devin Vassell
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Dejounte Murray (Conditioning) is no longer on the injury report; Doug McDermott (COVID Protocols), Devontae Cacok (COVID Protocols) and Lonnie Walker (COVID Protocols) are out

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Al Horford
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Robert Williams (Toe), Jabari Parker (Dental), Romeo Langford (Illness) and Aaron Nesmith (Conditioning) are available; Thomas Brodric (Illness) and Payton Pritchard (COVID Protocols) are out

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Aaron Wiggins
SF – Josh Giddey
PF – Aleksej Pokousevski
C – Isaiah Roby

Injury news: Lu Dort (Knee) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (COVID Protocols) are out

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – D’Angelo Russell
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: D’Angelo Russell (Conditioning) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Conditioning) are expected to play

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks (8 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Yuta Watanabe (COVID Protocols) and Svi Mykhailiuk (COVID Protocols) are out

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Wesley Matthews
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Bobby Portis
C – Demarcus Cousins

Injury news: Thanasis Antetokounmpo (COVID protocols), Semi Ojeleye (COVID protocols) and Jordan Nwora (COVID protocols) are questionable; Giannis Antetokounmpo (Illness), Donte DiVincenzo (Ankle), Pat Connaughton (COVID Protocols) and Grayson Allen (COVID Protocols) are out

Miami Heat vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Tyler Herro
SF – Caleb Martin
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Omer Yurtseven

Injury news: Markieff Morris (Neck), Jimmy Butler (Ankle) , Dewayne Dedmon (Knee), KZ Okpala (Wrist) are out; Udonis Haslem (COVID Protocols), Marcus Garrett (COVID Protocols), Zylan Cheatham (COVID Protocols), Gabe Vincent (COVID Protocols) and Duncan Robinson (COVID Protocols) are out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG -Anfernee Simons
SG – Norman Powell
SF – Nassir Little
PF – Roberto Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Larry Nance Jr. (COVID Protocols) is doubtful; Damian Lillard (Rest), CJ McCollum (Lungs), Cody Zeller (COVID Protocols) and Brandon Williams (COVID Protocols) are out

Atlanta Hawks vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Cam Reddish
SF – Kevin Huerter
PF – Danilo Gallinari
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Cam Reddish (Ankle) and Trae Young (Back) are questionable; Gorgui Dieng (COVID Protocols), John Collins (COVID Protocols), Bogdan Bogdanovic (COVID Protocols), Jalen Johnson (COVID Protocols) and Malik Ellison (COVID Protocols) are out

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Tyrese Haliburton
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Marvin Bagley
C – Damian Jones

Injury news: Richaun Holmes (COVID Protocols), Chimezie Metu (COVID Protocols) and Terence Davis (Ankle) are out

Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets (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: Donovan Mitchell (Back) and Jordan Clarkson (Back) are probable; Hassan Whiteside (Concussion), Bojan Bogdanovic (Finger), Rudy Gobert (Shoulder) and Royce O’Neale (Knee) are questionable; Joe Ingles (COVID Protocols) and Udoka Azubuike (Ankle) are out

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Facundo Campazzo
SG – Austin Rivers
SF – Will Barton
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Austin Rivers (Thumb) and Monte Morris (COVID Protocols) are questionable; Zeke Nnaji (COVID Protocols), Jeff Green (COVID Protocols), Markus Howard (Knee) and Vlatko Cancar (Foot) is out


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