We’ve got a short slate Thursday night, something we’re more accustomed to during a regular NBA season. Three games, including two marquee matchups on TNT for Chuck to place bad bets on. The first could be an NBA Finals preview in the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. That is if LeBron James ends up playing. King James has been questionable to play in what seems like every game since the second week of the season.
We also get a late-night coastal battle between the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors. The Dubs are coming off another blowout win at home, this time over the San Antonio Spurs. Chef Curry is serving up dinner and dessert lately, averaging 28.6 points on nearly 40 percent shooting from 3-point range in January. We’ll see if Tom Thibodeau and the Knicks can bring some of that defensive physicality to the table to slow Steph down.
NBA starting lineups for Thursday, January 21st
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 7:30 p.m. ET TNT
Lakers confirmed lineup — Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol
Lineup notes: James (ankle) will start.
Bucks confirmed lineup — Donte DiVincenzo, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz, 10:00 p.m. ET TNT
Pelicans confirmed lineup — Lonzo Ball, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Steven Adams
Jazz confirmed lineup — Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, Rudy Gobert
New York Knicks vs. Golden State Warriors, 10:00 p.m. ET
Knicks projected lineup — Elfrid Payton, Reggie Bullock, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson
Lineup notes: Austin Rivers (Achilles) and Frank Ntilikina (knee) are out. Alec Burks is available.
Warriors confirmed lineup — Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre Jr., Draymond Green, James Wiseman