NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (June 18): Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell Cleared to Play Friday for Game 6
Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Mike Conley #10 of the Utah Jazz.
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
9:40 p.m. ET Update: Donovan Mitchell has been cleared to play in Game 6 despite a sore ankle. Conley will start with Joe Ingles sliding back to a reserve role.
9 p.m. ET Update: Mike Conley has been cleared to play in Game 6 after missing the entire series with a hamstring injury. There has been no word if he’ll be under a minutes limit.
Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley are both considered questionable for Friday’s Game 6. After Wednesday’s loss, Mitchell told reporters that his ankle pain “is just something I’m going to have to deal with.” Mitchell seemed fine in early in the series, but re-aggravated the injury at the end of Game 4.
Conley has been unable to even test his hamstring out in pre-game warmups after suffering a setback before Game 3. He said Wednesday that it’s possible he returns this series depending on the situation.
Kawhi Leonard will remain out for Game 6. There’s still concern from the Clippers that Leonard may have suffered an ACL injury — though the official injury is a sprained knee — and as of now, he has no timetable for a return.
The Philadelphia 76ers continue to procedurally list Joel Embiid as questionable with a torn meniscus in his right knee. He’ll go through pre-game warmups once again before a final decision is made on his status.
The Atlanta Hawks have listed Trae Young as probable ahead of Game 6 on Friday as he plays through a sore shoulder. This appears to just be a formality as he was also listed probable heading into Wednesday’s win and played 40.3 minutes without issue.
Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real-time updates.
Projected Starting Lineups
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)
76ers Projected Lineup
PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Furkan Korkmaz
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid
Injury news: Joel Embiid (Knee) is active; Danny Green (Calf) is injured
Hawks Projected Lineup
PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Kevin Huerter
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela
Injury news: Trae Young (Shoulder) is active
Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers (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: Mike Conley (Hamstring) and Donovan Mitchell (Ankle) are active
Clippers Projected Lineup
PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Terance Mann
SF – Paul George
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Marcus Morris
Injury news: Kawhi Leonard (Knee) is out
Phan’s Bet to Watch
As of 9:30 p.m. ET, Justin Phan sees betting value in both of tonight’s Game 6 matchups. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.
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