We’ve got five games in the NBA for the first Tuesday of 2021. There’s been some big news around the league surrounding a certain superstar. Brooklyn Nets SF Kevin Durant was placed in quarantine for seven days on Monday after contact tracing. He is expected to miss the next four games or the Nets, including Tuesday’s matchup against the Utah Jazz. With KD out of the lineup or a week, Brooklyn will have to figure out a way to get back on track without him. The Nets have lost four of five games since starting 2-0.
The other big-ish news is LeBron James is questionable ... again! King James has been dealing with an ankle injury that has left him questionable to play the past couple of games. That hasn’t stopped James from playing so far. He doesn’t appear to be in danger of missing his first game of the season, but we’ll keep an eye on the news for you.
NBA Starting Lineups, January 5th
Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. ET
Jazz Confirmed lineup — Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, Rudy Gobert
Injury note: Derrick Favors (knee) is available to play.
Nets Confirmed lineup — Kyrie Irving, Bruce Brown, Jeff Green, Taurean Prince, Jarrett Allen
Injury note: Rodions Kurucs (ankle) is out.
Lineup note: Joe Harris and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot are reportedly not starting. Prince is in for Durant. Multiple reports confirming new Nets lineup. Source
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 p.m. ET NBATV
Lakers Confirmed lineup — Dennis Schroder, Kyle Kuzma, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol
Injury note: Caldwell-Pope (ankle) is out. James (ankle) will play.
Grizzlies Confirmed lineup — Tyus Jones, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Brandon Clarke, Jonas Valanciunas
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets, 9:00 p.m. ET
Timberwolves Confirmed lineup — D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Jarrett Culver, Juancho Hernangomez, Ed Davis
Nuggets Confirmed lineup — Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Will Barton, Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic
San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:00 p.m. ET
Spurs Confirmed lineup — Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker, DeMar DeRozan, Keldon Johnson, LaMarcus Aldridge
Injury note: LaMarcus Aldridge (knee) is available to play.
Clippers Confirmed lineup — Patrick Beverley, Kawhi Leonard, Luke Kennard, Nic Batum, Serge Ibaka
Injury note: Paul George (ankle) is out.
Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. ET NBATV
Bulls Confirmed lineup — Coby White, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, Otto Porter Jr., Wendell Carter Jr.
Lineup note: Lauri Markkanen (health protocols) is out.
Trail Blazers Confirmed lineup — Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Derrick Jones Jr., Robert Covington, Jusuf Nurkic
Injury note: Rodney Hood (quad) is questionable.