NBA Injury News & Projected Starting Lineups (Tuesday, Aug. 4): Latest on Nets, Clippers, More
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Below are the projected starting lineups for each NBA team for Tuesday’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 Tuesday morning.
Projected NBA Starting Lineups for Tuesday, August 4
- Boston Celtics: Kemba Walker – Jaylen Brown – Jayson Tatum – Gordon Hayward – Daniel Theis
- Brooklyn Nets: Chris Chiozza – Tyler Johnson – Garrett Temple – Lance Thomas – Rodions Kurucs
- Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic – Tim Hardaway Jr. – Dorian Finney-Smith – Kristaps Porzingis – Maxi Kleber
- Houston Rockets: Russell Westbrook – James Harden – Danuel House – Robert Covington – PJ Tucker
- Indiana Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon – Aaron Holiday – Victor Oladipo – TJ Warren – Myles Turner
- Los Angeles Clippers: Patrick Beverley – Kawhi Leonard – Paul George – Marcus Morris – Ivica Zubac
- Miami Heat: Kendrick Nunn – Jimmy Butler – Duncan Robinson – Jae Crowder – Bam Adebayo
- Milwaukee Bucks: Eric Bledsoe – Donte DiVincenzo – Khris Middleton – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Brook Lopez
- Orlando Magic: DJ Augustin – Evan Fournier – James Ennis – Aaron Gordon – Nikola Vucevic
- Phoenix Suns: Ricky Rubio – Devin Booker – Mikal Bridges – Cam Johnson – Deandre Ayton
- Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard – CJ McCollum – Carmelo Anthony – Zach Collins – Jusuf Nurkic
- Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox – Bogdan Bogdanovic – Harrison Barnes – Nemanja Bjelica – Richaun Holmes
- Boston Celtics: Nothing new.
- Brooklyn Nets: Jarrett Allen (rest), Caris LeVert (thigh) and Joe Harris (back) are out. Jamal Crawford (conditioning) is questionable.
- Dallas Mavericks: Seth Curry (leg) is doubtful.
- Houston Rockets: Eric Gordon (ankle) remains out.
- Indiana Pacers: Nothing new.
- Los Angeles Clippers: Montrezl Harrell (personal) is out. Lou Williams (quarantine) is questionable.
- Miami Heat: Nothing new.
- Milwaukee Bucks: Wes Matthews (calf) is out. Eric Bledsoe (conditioning) and Pat Connaughton (conditioning) are not on the injury report.
- Orlando Magic: Jonathan Isaac (ACL) is out for the season.
- Phoenix Suns: Nothing new.
- Portland Trail Blazers: Nothing new.
- Sacramento Kings: Alex Len (conditioning) is questionable.
The Nets … what to say about the Nets today? They’ll be missing Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert and Joe Harris — you know, their three best players — on top of all of the guys who elected to opt out of the Orlando restart.
Jamal Crawford is questionable, and if he’s out they’ll have just 10 total players available to play.
And the rotations should be quite ugly: Rodions Kurucs is projected to start and play a ton of minutes at center. Dzanan Musa, Donta Hall and Jeremiah Martin will all have to get significant run. This is a G-League team at best.
They’re rightfully huge 19-point underdogs to Milwaukee, although it’s a tough game to bet since we don’t know the Bucks’ plans. It would obviously make a ton of sense for them to rest several of their key players given that 1) these games are meaningless to them anyway because they’ve locked up the 1-seed and there’s no NBA Finals home court and 2) they’ll likely win regardless.
The Clippers will still be without Montrezl Harrell but could potentially welcome back Lou Williams, who is finishing his quarantine. They are so deep and don’t have a ton of incentive to push for the rest of the games, so keep an eye on potential rest spots for them.
As mentioned above, the Bucks are a team that could rest players today. They’re 19-point favorites against a G-League Nets squad, and there’s really nothing at stake given their spot in the standings along with the lack of home court in the NBA Finals.
We haven’t gotten word of anything from them yet, other than it looks like Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton are fine to play moving forward.
Young up-and-comer Jonathan Isaac tore his ACL last game, which will unfortunately keep him out indefinitely. Expect James Ennis to keep his spot in the starting lineup, plus Terrence Ross, Michael Carter-Williams and Wes Iwundu should pick up additional minutes.