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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (June 2): Joel Embiid Out, Luka Doncic Probable Wednesday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (June 2): Joel Embiid Out, Luka Doncic Probable Wednesday article feature image

Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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 updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.

NBA Injury News

1 p.m. ET Update: Joe Embiid has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his right knee and is considered day-to-day. The team will manage the injury with physical therapy and treatment, and it is unknown how much time Embiid could potentially miss.

Joel Embiid is doubtful for Wednesday’s Game 5 as he continues to deal with a sore knee, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday and is expected to be evaluated further Wednesday. Mike Scott started in Embiid’s place in the second half of Monday’s loss with Dwight Howard remaining in a reserve role. The Sixers are also listing Seth Curry and George Hill as probable in advance of Game 5. 

The Washington Wizards have cleared Russell Westbrook to play on Wednesday after listing him questionable. Westbrook has been dealing with a sprained ankle but has played through the injury in each of the past two games.

Davis Bertans has been ruled out for Game 5 — he underwent an MRI on his strained calf and will miss the next 4-to-6 weeks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Bertans had started the prior two games, and now it’s possible for Raul Neto to return to the starting lineup. 

De’Andre Hunter has been added to the injury report for the Atlanta Hawks with a sore right knee and is listed probable for Game 5 against the New York Knicks. He has started all four games of the series and is averaging 29.3 minutes per start. 

Luka Doncic and Maxi Kleber are both listed probable ahead of Game 5 Los Angeles Clippers. After the Game 4 loss on Sunday, Doncic told reporters, “The pain is like neck and then the nerve down. I don’t really know how to explain that. It felt way better today morning than yesterday. I’ll just keep doing massages, ice it down and then be ready for Wednesday.” Kleber is still bothered by an Achilles injury but he has started each game of this series.

Serge Ibaka is officially considered doubtful ahead of Game 5 after missing the past two games with a lingering back injury. The Clippers opted to start Marcus Morris at the five with Ivica Zubac shifting to a reserve role. Nicolas Batum also entered the starting lineup and led the team with 36 minutes. 

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Projected Starting Lineups

Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Raul Neto
SF – Bradley Beal
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Daniel Gafford

Injury news: Davis Bertans (Calf) is out 4-6 weeks

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Mike Scott

Injury news: George Hill (Knee) and Seth Curry (Ankle) are probable; Joel Embiid (Knee) is out

Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – De’Andre Hunter
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: De’Andre Hunter (Knee) is probable

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Derrick Rose
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Taj Gibson

Injury news: Nothing new

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz (9:30 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Dillon Brooks
SF – Kyle Anderson
PF – Jaren Jackson Jr.
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Nothing new

Jazz Projected Lineup

PG – Mike Conley
SG – Donovan Mitchell
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic
PF – Royce O’Neale
C – Rudy Gobert

Injury news: Nothing new

Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury news: Maxi Kleber (Achilles) and Luka Doncic (Neck) are probable

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Marcus Morris

Injury news: Serge Ibaka (Back) is doubtful

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 9:30 a.m. ET, Justin Phan sees betting value in two games, including Mavericks vs. Clippers. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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