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NBA Injury News & Projected Starting Lineups (Monday, Aug. 3): Latest on Nuggets, Pacers, More

NBA Injury News & Projected Starting Lineups (Monday, Aug. 3): Latest on Nuggets, Pacers, More article feature image

Photo credit: Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Jamal Murray and Will Barton

Below are the projected starting lineups for each NBA team for Monday’s six-game slate, along with notable news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out the NBA Labs Insiders tool.

Last updated Monday morning.

Projected NBA Starting Lineups for Monday, August 3

  • Denver Nuggets: Monte Morris – Torrey Craig – Michael Porter Jr. – Paul Millsap – Nikola Jokic
  • Indiana Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon – Aaron Holiday – Justin Holiday – TJ Warren – Myles Turner
  • Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Danny Green – Anthony Davis – JaVale McGee
  • Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant – Dillon Brooks – Kyle Anderson – Jaren Jackson Jr. – Jonas Valanciunas
  • Miami Heat: Kendrick Nunn – Jimmy Butler – Duncan Robinson – Jae Crowder – Bam Adebayo
  • New Orleans Pelicans: Lonzo Ball – Jrue Holiday – Brandon Ingram – Zion Williamson – Derrick Favors
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Chris Paul – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Luguentz Dort – Danilo Gallinari – Steven Adams
  • Philadelphia 76ers: Shake Milton – Josh Richardson – Tobias Harris – Ben Simmons – Joel Embiid
  • San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray – Derrick White – Lonnie Walker – DeMar DeRozan – Jakob Poeltl
  • Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry – Fred VanVleet – OG Anunoby – Pascal Siakam – Marc Gasol
  • Utah Jazz: Mike Conley – Donovan Mitchell – Joe Ingles – Royce O’Neale – Rudy Gobert
  • Washington Wizards: Shabazz Napier – Isaac Bonga – Troy Brown Jr. – Rui Hachimura – Thomas Bryant

Injury News

  • Denver Nuggets: Gary Harris (hip) and Will Barton (knee) are out. Jamal Murray (hamstring) is “very questionable.”
  • Indiana Pacers: Victor Oladipo (rest) is doubtful. Malcolm Brogdon (cervical) is questionable.
  • Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James (groin), Kyle Kuzma (ankle) and Anthony Davis (eye) are probable.
  • Memphis Grizzlies: Tyus Jones (knee) remains out.
  • Miami Heat: Goran Dragic (back), Bam Adebayo (quad) and Jimmy Butler (undisclosed) are available to play.
  • New Orleans Pelicans: Nothing new.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Nothing new.
  • Philadelphia 76ers: Mike Scott (knee) is out. Glenn Robinson III (hip) is doubtful.
  • San Antonio Spurs: Bryn Forbes (quad) and Marco Belinelli (foot) are TBD.
  • Toronto Raptors: Pat McCaw (knee) and Oshae Brissett (knee) are out.
  • Utah Jazz: Royce O’Neale (foot) is probable.
  • Washington Wizards: Nothing new.

Injury/News Analysis

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets will again be very shorthanded with Gary Harris and Will Barton already ruled out for today’s game against the Thunder. Head coach Mike Malone said Jamal Murray was “very questionable” as well, so at this point expect Monte Morris to fill in and get the start.

Morris, Torrey Craig and Michael Porter Jr. all got the starts and heavy run in the Nuggets’ first game, which will likely continue today. The Nuggets really struggled in that one, eventually falling to the Miami Heat by 20 points.

That starting lineup got demolished by the Heat: Among those five, Morris had the best plus-minus in the game at -11. Paul Millsap was a team-worst -20.

Nikola Jokic should be a very solid DFS play given he’ll have to do so much for this team today. Overall, though, the Nuggets will have their hands full against a healthy Thunder squad that looked excellent in its first game of the bubble.

Indiana Pacers

Victor Oladipo will sit out to rest today, and the Pacers could be even more shorthanded at the lead guard spot with Malcolm Brogdon questionable. And if you missed news the last two weeks, Domantas Sabonis — arguably their best player — is out for the season after an injury.

Per Cleaning the Glass, the Pacers were 6.0 points per 100 possessions worse without Sabonis, the highest mark on the team. Both Brogdon and Dipo had neutral on/off numbers, but injuries are often compounding. The more guys are out, the more end-of-bench players will have to play, which means the effect is often worse than just their individual value to the team.

Thankfully for the Pacers, they have an easy matchup today a Wizards team playing on a back-to-back. Washington is by far the least talented team in the bubble after Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans elected not to play in Orlando.

Miami Heat

Despite a lot of uncertainty over the weekend, it looks like the Heat will be at full strength today against the Raptors. Goran Dragic, Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler have all been listed as available for this early 1:30 p.m. ET game.

The Butler situation was weird, and we haven’t gotten much clarification on why he stepped away from the team for the day. It seems, however, that everything has been resolved.

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