NBA Injury News & Projected Starting Lineups (Saturday, August 1): Latest on Nuggets, Clippers, More
Photo credit: Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images. Pictured: Jamal Murray
- Below are the projected starting lineups for tonight's six NBA games, including Celtics vs. Bucks, Kings vs. Spurs and Rockets vs. Mavericks.
- The Rockets will be without guard Eric Gordon against Dallas, and the Bucks will be without guard Eric Bledsoe against Boston.
- Read for more injury and lineup analysis.
Below are the projected starting lineups for each NBA team for Saturday’s five-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 Saturday morning.
Projected NBA Starting Lineups for Saturday, August 1
- Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray – Torrey Craig – Jerami Grant – Paul Millsap – Nikola Jokic
- Indiana Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon – Aaron Holiday – Victor Oladipo – TJ Warren – Myles Turner
- LA Clippers: Reggie Jackson – Kawhi Leonard – Paul George – Marcus Morris – Ivica Zubac
- LA Lakers: LeBron James – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Danny Green – Anthony Davis – JaVale McGee
- Miami Heat: Kendrick Nunn – Jimmy Butler – Duncan Robinson – Meyers Leonard – 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
- 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
- Denver Nuggets: Gary Harris (hip) and Will Barton (knee) are out. Jamal Murray (hamstring) is questionable.
- Indiana Pacers: Domantas Sabonis (foot) is out. Malcolm Brogdon (cervical) and Goga Bitadze (knee) are questionable. Victor Oladipo (personal) is TBD.
- LA Clippers: Montrezl Harrell (personal) and Lou Williams (quarantine) are out. Amir Coffey (hip) is questionable.
- LA Lakers: LeBron James (groin), Anthony Davis (eye) and Kyle Kuzma (ankle) are probable.
- Miami Heat: Nothing new.
- New Orleans Pelicans: Nothing new.
- Oklahoma City Thunder: Nothing new.
- Philadelphia 76ers: Glenn Robinson III (hip) is doubtful. Raul Neto (back) is probable. Joel Embiid (calf) is not on the injury report.
- Toronto Raptors: Pat McCaw (knee) is doubtful.
- Utah Jazz: Nothing new.
The Nuggets will begin their Orlando restart down at least two key rotation players in Gary Harris and Will Barton, and possibly a third in starting point guard Jamal Murray, who is questionable with a tight hamstring.
That means we could see a ton of backup Monte Morris (even if Murray plays), and Torrey Craig will have to take on a bigger role. Nikola Jokic will likely take on an ever larger play-making role.
Jokic is another story altogether: He’ll play, but he had an interesting summer, testing positive for COVID-19 and getting stuck in his home country of Serbia. It will be interesting to see how he looks and whether the Nuggets can get their chemistry back right away in an early day game against the Heat.
Domantas Sabonis injured his foot last week and has apparently left the bubble to seek treatment; by the sounds of it, it looks like he’s out for the remainder of the season, which is obviously a huge blow to the Pacers.
He was their best player this season, and they’ll really miss his presence on the floor, both on offense and defense. It seems early on they’ll go a bit smaller without him, moving Aaron Holiday into a two-PG starting lineup and shifting TJ Warren to power forward. That could mean the Pacers increase pace, and they could perhaps offset Sabonis’ absence with more playmaking and shooting. Defense, though, is another question.
Keep an eye on Malcolm Brogdon and Victor Oladipo as well. Brogdon is questionable with an injury, while we haven’t gotten much word on Dipo’s status and what he’s thinking for Orlando. He was out, then he said he was going to play — things are very up in the air right now.
The Clips will be missing key rotation players Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell yet again Saturday. L.A. still managed to nearly steal Game 1 against the Lakers Thursday without them, but those guys were clearly missed, especially given the play of Landry Shamet, who played about as poorly as you’ll see.
Keep an eye on rotations today and whether head coach Doc Rivers elects to go back to Shamet and Co. in their absences or whether he’ll mix it up more.