NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 29): Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic Out, Kristaps Porzingis Questionable On Thursday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 29): Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic Out, Kristaps Porzingis Questionable On Thursday article feature image
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Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks.

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

9:30 am ET Update: The Dallas Mavericks once again have a lengthy injury report heading into Thursday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and JJ Redick are all listed as questionable.

Doncic has been dealing with a left elbow contusion the past week but has not missed a game over that span. Porzingis missed the past three games due to a sprained ankle, and Maxi Kleber, who was removed from the injury report, has started alongside Dwight Powell in the interim.

Domantas Sabonis has been ruled out for the sixth straight game due to a sore lower back. He was a partial participant in practice Wednesday, but still won’t be available Thursday against the Brooklyn Nets.

Jeremy Lamb and Goga Bitadze are both listed as questionable — both players have been out of the lineup since mid-April — leaving the Pacers thin up front once again. JaKarr Sampson has started most of the games Sabonis and will likely get the call if Bitdze can’t play.

Kent Bazemore will return to the starting lineup for the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, according to head coach Steve Kerr. Bazemore has been sidelined for the last week due to the league’s health and safety protocols.

His return will force Mychal Mulder back to a reserve role, and it’s unclear if Bazemore will have a minutes limit. Kelly Oubre is also on the injury list and is doubtful with a sore left wrist, an injury that forced him to miss five games earlier this month  

1:30 pm ET Update:  Kyrie Irving will sit in the first leg of the back-to-back on Thursday due to a sore right groin. Kevin Durant will benefit from increased usage while Mike James and Tyler Johnson will likely see extended playing time in the backcourt.

5:40 pm ET Update: Luka Doncic will miss Thursday night’s game in Detroit due to a left elbow contusion. Dorian Finney-Smith (left lower leg soreness) and Tyrell Terry (personal reasons) will both also miss tonight’s game in Detroit. Jalen Brunson will take on a big offensive load in the backcourt in Doncic’s absence.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons (7 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Porzingis (ankle), Richardson (hamstring), Dorian Finney-Smith (leg), and JJ Redick (heel) are all questionable, Luka Dončić (left elbow contusion), Dorian Finney-Smith (left lower leg soreness) and Tyrell Terry (personal reasons) will all miss tonight’s game in Detroit

Detroit Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Killian Hayes
SG –  Josh Jackson
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Sekou Doumbouya
C – Isaiah Stewart

Injury news: Dennis Smith Jr. (Knee) is out


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

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Tyler Johnson
SG – Landry Shamet
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Kevin Durant
C – Jeff Green

Injury news: Kyrie Irving (groin) is out

Indiana Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Edmond Sumner
SF – Caris LeVert
PF – Oshae Brissett
C – Goga Bitadze

Injury news: Bitadze and Jeremy Lamb (knee) as questionable, Domantas Sabonis (back) is out


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Donte DiVincenzo and Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) are probable

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter
SG – Danuel House
SF – Jae’Sean Tate
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Bradley and House (ankle) are questionable


Golden State Warriors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG –  Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Josh Okogie
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Nothing new


Toronto Raptors vs. Denver Nuggets (9 pm ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Khem Birch

Injury news: Nothing new

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Facundo Campazzo
SG – PJ Dozier
SF – Aaron Gordon
PF – Michael Porter Jr.
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Nothing new


New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (9:00 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG -Eric Bledsoe
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Steven Adams (toe) is questionable

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Lu Dort
SF – Aleksej Pokusevski
PF – Darius Bazely
C – Moses Brown

Injury news: Nothing new


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