Normally, we’d have a bigger slate of games in the NBA but health and safety protocols have put a dent in Wednesday’s set. As a result, there are eight games on the schedule for tonight with two being postponed already — Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards. We may end up seeing another game or two get added to that, but for now we’ll operate on eight games.
If the rest of the games do get played, there are some intriguing matchups. The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks face each other in the crosstown rivalry that should have some more appeal. The Knicks have dropped three in a row after their strong start. The Nets are missing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant plans to play on the second night of a back-to-back. Later on in the night, we get Trae Young vs. Devin Booker. So keep your head up basketball fans!
NBA Starting Lineups, January 13th
Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7:00 p.m. ET
Mavericks confirmed lineup — Luka Doncic, Josh Green, Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis, Willie Cauley-Stein
Lineup note: Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber are all in health and safety protocols.
Hornets confirmed lineup — Devonte’ Graham, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Bismack Biyombo
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bucks confirmed lineup — Donte DiVincenzo, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
Pistons confirmed lineup — Delon Wright, Wayne Ellington, Jerami Grant, Blake Griffin, Mason Plumlee
Injury note: Derrick Rose (knee) is out.
Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Nets confirmed lineup — Bruce Brown, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, DeAndre Jordan
Lineup note: Kyrie Irving (personal) remains out. Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen have been traded.
Knicks projected lineup — Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson
Lineup note: Obi Toppin (calf) is available to play. Reggie Bullock (hip) is out.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 8:00 p.m. ET
Grizzlies confirmed lineup — Tyus Jones, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Brandon Clarke, Jonas Valanciunas
Timberwolves confirmed lineup — D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Josh Okogie, Juancho Hernangomez, Karl-Anthony Towns
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:00 p.m. ET
Lakers confirmed lineup — Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol
Injury note: Davis (hip) will play. Wesley Matthews (Achilles) is out.
Thunder confirmed lineup — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, George Hill, Luguentz Dort, Darius Bazley, Isaiah Roby
Lineup note: Al Horford (rest) listed as out.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:00 p.m. ET ESPN
Pelicans confirmed lineup — Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Sindarius Thornwell, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Steven Adams
Injury note: Lonzo Ball (knee), Eric Bledsoe (eye) and Zion Williamson (health protocols) are out. JJ Redick (hamstring) is probable.
Clippers confirmed lineup — Patrick Beverley, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, Serge Ibaka
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings, 10:00 p.m. ET
Blazers confirmed lineup — Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Derrick Jones Jr., Robert Covington, Jusuf Nurkic
Injury note: Nurkic (quad) will play.
Kings confirmed lineup — De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley III, Richaun Holmes
Lineup note: Hield (ankle) and Holmes (ankle) will play.