We’re about mid-way through the third week of the NBA season and things keep getting nuttier and nuttier. Last night for instance, the Brooklyn Nets decided to shake up their lineup with Kevin Durant in quarantine. All that led to was a 34-point win over the Utah Jazz, a team supposedly competing in the Western Conference. This trend of massive blowouts on a nightly basis has got some of us thinking maybe teams are taking certain nights off with the schedule being so condensed. The Jazz will look to bounce back at Madison Square Garden vs. the surprising New York Knicks and their winning record of 4-3.
As for injury news, the Cavaliers are expected to be pretty thin in the rotation again with Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr., Kevin Love, Dante Exum and Isaac Okoro all sidelined. That hasn’t stopped Cleveland from sporting a winning record (4-3) as well — not yet at least. The Boston Celtics are dealing with more injuries to the back court. Marcus Smart and Jeff Teague are both questionable to play against the Miami Heat. Let’s take a look at some projected lineups and injury notes.
NBA Starting Lineups, January 6th
Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers, 7:00 p.m. ET
Rockets confirmed lineup — James Harden, John Wall, David Nwaba, PJ Tucker, DeMarcus Cousins
Injury note: Wood (knee) is out.
Pacers confirmed lineup — Malcolm Brogdon, Victor Oladipo, Aaron Holiday, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic, 7:00 p.m. ET
Cavaliers confirmed lineup — Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro, Cedi Osman, Larry Nance Jr., Andre Drummond
Injury note: Dante Exum, Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr. and Kevin Love are all out.
Magic confirmed lineup — Markelle Fultz, Dwayne Bacon, Aaron Gordon, Gary Clark Nikola Vucevic
Injury note: Fournier (back) is out.
Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7:00 p.m. ET
Wizards confirmed lineup — Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal, Deni Avdija, Rui Hachimura, Thomas Bryant
Sixers confirmed lineup — Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Danny Green, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Celtics confirmed lineup — Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis, Tristan Thompson
Injury note: Smart will play, Jeff Teague is out.
Heat confirmed lineup — Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk
Injury note: Moe Harkless (forearm) is out.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 p.m. ET
Hornets confirmed lineup — Devonte’ Graham, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Bismack Biyombo
Hawks confirmed lineup — Trae Young, Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela
Injury note: Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn, Tony Snell and Onyeka Okongwu are out. Bogdan Bogdanovic will play.
Utah Jazz vs. New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET
Jazz confirmed lineup — Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, Rudy Gobert
Lineup note: Derrick Favors (knee) is probable.
Knicks confirmed lineup — Elfrid Payton, Reggie Bullock, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson
Injury note: Dennis Smith Jr. and Omari Spellman are active. Obi Toppin, Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks and Frank Ntilikina are out.
Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 8:00 p.m. ET
Pistons confirmed lineup — Delon Wright, Wayne Ellington, Jerami Grant, Blake Griffin, Mason Plumlee
Injury note: Killian Hayes (hip) and Josh Jackson are out.
Bucks confirmed lineup — Donte DiVincenzo, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
Injury note: Pat Connaughton is out.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8:00 p.m. ET
Thunder confirmed lineup — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, George Hill, Luguentz Dort, Darius Bazley, Al Horford
Injury note: Aleksej Pokusevski (concussion) is out.
Pelicans projected lineup — Lonzo Ball, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Steven Adams
Toronto Raptors vs. Phoenix Suns, 9:00 p.m. ET
Raptors confirmed lineup — Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Aron Baynes
Suns confirmed lineup — Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors, 10:00 p.m. ET ESPN
Clippers projected lineup — Patrick Beverley, Paul George (Q), Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, Serge Ibaka
Injury note: George (ankle) and Marcus Morris (knee) will play.
Warriors projected lineup — Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre Jr., Draymond Green, James Wiseman
Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings, 10:00 p.m. ET
Bulls projected lineup — Coby White, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, Otto Porter Jr., Wendell Carter Jr.
Lineup note: Lauri Markkanen, Ryan Arcidiacono, Tomas Satoransky and Chandler Hutchison are not with the team.
Kings confirmed lineup — De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley III, Richaun Holmes
Injury note: Tyrese Haliburton (wrist) will play.