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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups: Devin Booker Enters Health & Safety Protocols (March 2)

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6:30 p.m. ET Update

Chris Duarte is out, but Lance Stephenson is available for the Pacers.

Nick Richards is available for the Hornets.

Eric Gordon and Dennis Schroeder are both out for the Rockets.

Richaun Holmes is out for the Kings.

Projected Lineups & Injury News

Darius Garland hasn’t played since his stint in the All-Star Game, but the Cleveland Cavaliers guard is questionable and could return Wednesday.

Garland scored 13 points in 24 minutes in the All-Star Game, but has been dealing with what the team is calling “low back soreness.”

Cleveland is 1-2 since the break without Garland. Brandon Goodwin is the name to watch if Garland misses another game. Goodwin turned in 17 points and 12 assists in 35 minutes during Monday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Elsewhere across the league, Sacramento Kings big man Richaun Holmes and Indiana Pacers rookie Chris Duarte are among the players listed as questionable in the early reporting.

Devin Booker was ruled out for Phoenix after entering COVID health and safety protocols.

Charlotte Hornets at Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Miles Bridges
PF – PJ Washington
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Gordon Hayward (ankle), Isaiah Thomas (COVID protocols), Jalen McDaniels (ankle) and James Bouknight (neck) are out.

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF – Lauri Markkanen
PF – Evan Mobley
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Darius Garland (back) is questionable. Rajon Rondo (Toe), Caris LeVert (Foot), Collin Sexton (Knee) are out.

Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Tyrese Haliburton
SF – Buddy Hield
PF – Oshae Brissett
C – Isaiah Jackson

Injury news: Chris Duarte (toe) is out.

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Cole Anthony (hip) is probable. Moe Wagner (ribs) is out.

New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers (7:30 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Alec Burks
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – RJ Barrett
PF – Julius Randle
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: No new updates.

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Maxey
SG – James Harden
SF – Matisse Thybulle
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: No new updates.

Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets (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: No new updates.

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SG – Jalen Green
G – Garrison Mathews
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Eric Gordon and Dennis Schroeder are out.

Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks (8 p.m.)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Gabe Vincent
SG – Duncan Robinson
SF – Jimmy Butler
PF – P.J. Tucker
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Kyle Lowry (personal) is out. Caleb Martin (Achilles) is questionable.

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Bobby Portis

Injury news: George Hill (neck) are out.

Sacramento Kings at New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Justin Holiday
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Trey Lyles
C – Domantas Sabonis

Injury news: Richaun Holmes (back) is out.

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – CJ McCollum
SG – Brandon Ingram
SF – Herb Jones
PF – Jaxson Hayes
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: No new updates.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets (9 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Tre Mann
SF – Aleksej Pokusevski
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Isaiah Roby

Injury news: Mike Muscala (ankle), Ty Jerome (hip), Kenrich Williams (knee), Lu Dort (shoulder), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (foot), and Josh Giddy (hip) are out.

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Monte Morris
SG – Will Barton
SF – Jeff Green
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: No new updates.

Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Anfernee Simons
SG – Keon Johnson
SF – CJ Elleby
PF – Josh Hart
C – Drew Eubanks

Injury news: Justise Winslow (Achilles), Eric Bledsoe (Achilles), Damian Lillard (abdominal), and Jusuf Nurkic (knee) are out.

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Cameron Payne
SG – Mikal Bridges
SF – Cam Johnson
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Chris Paul (thumb) and Devin Booker (health and safety protocols) are out. Cameron Payne (wrist) is probable.

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