The NBA is into the second half of the regular season and hosts its first Saturday of action since the All Star break. Today we get eight games on the slate, and while none are on major national TV, we get three games on NBATV. The Knicks and Thunder open the slate at 2 p.m. ET, and then we get Pistons-Nets at 7 p.m. and Mavericks-Nuggets at 10 p.m.
The biggest game in the Eastern Conference features the 18-18 Hornets hosting the 17-20 Raptors. Charlotte is currently in seventh place and Toronto is tied with Atlanta for the final berth. The biggest game in the Western Conference features the 22-15 Nugget hosting the 19-17 Mavericks. Denver is in fifth place and Dallas is in eighth place.
Let’s take a look at lineups for Saturday night.
NBA starting lineups for Saturday, March 13th
Knicks confirmed lineup — PG Frank Ntilikina, SG RJ Barrett, SF Reggie Bullock, PF Julius Randle, C Nerlens Noel
Lineup notes: Elfrid Payton is questionable with a strained right hamstring. Immanuel Quickley is questionable with a sore groin. Derrick Rose is out due to the health and safety protocols. UPDATE: Payton (hamstring) has been ruled out, while Quickley is available to play.
Thunder confirmed lineup — PG Theo Maledon, SG Luguentz Dort, SF Aleksej Pokusevski, PF Isaiah Roby, C Al Horford on Saturday.
Lineup notes: Darius Bazley is out with a left shoulder contusion. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is out with a quad contusion.
Pistons confirmed lineup — PG Delon Wright, SG Wayne Ellington, SF Saddiq Bey, PF Jerami Grant, C Mason Plumlee
Lineup notes: Dennis Smith Jr. is out due to the health and safety protocols.
Nets confirmed lineup — PG James Harden, SG Kyrie Irving, SF Bruce Brown, PF Joe Harris, C De’Andre Jordan
Lineup notes: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is doubtful with a sore right knee. Kevin Durant is out with a left hamstring strain. Blake Griffin is out due to injury management on his left knee. UPDATE: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has been ruled out with a knee injury.
Raptors confirmed lineup — PG Kyle Lowry, SG Norman Powell, SF DeAndre’ Bembry, PF Stanley Johnson, C Aron Baynes
Lineup notes: OG Anunoby, Malachi Flynn, Patrick McCaw, Pascal Siakam, and Fred VanVleet are all out due to the health and safety protocols.
Hornets confirmed lineup — PG LaMelo Ball, SG Terry Rozier, SF Gordon Hayward, PF PJ Washington, C Cody Zeller
Lineup notes: None
Bucks confirmed lineup — PG Jrue Holiday, SG Donte DiVincenzo, SF Khris Middleton, PF Giannis Antetokounmpo, C Brook Lopez
Lineup notes: None.
Wizards confirmed lineup — PG Russell Westbrook, SG Garrison Mathews, SF Deni Avdija, PF Rui Hachimura, C Alex Len
Lineup notes: Davis Bertans is questionable with right calf tightness. UPDATE: Bertans (calf) has been ruled out, along with Bradley Beal (knee).
Kings confirmed lineup — PG De’Aaron Fox, SG Buddy Hield, SF Harrison Barnes, PF Marvin Bagley III, C Richaun Holmes
Lineup notes: Hassan Whiteside is out due to the health and safety protocols.
Hawks confirmed lineup — PG Trae Young, SG Kevin Huerter, SF Tony Snell, PF John Collins, C Clint Capela
Lineup notes: Onyeka Okongwu is probable with a sore right adductor. UPDATE: Onyeka Okongwu (adductor) is now available to play on Saturday night.
Trail Blazers vs. Timberwolves, 8:00 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass
Trail Blazers confirmed lineup — PG Damian Lillard, SG Gary Trent, SF Derrick Jones, PF Robert Covington, C Enes Kanter
Lineup notes: None.
Timberwolves confirmed lineup — PG Ricky Rubio, SG Anthony Edwards, SF Jake Layman, PF Jarred Vanderbilt, C Karl-Anthony Towns
Lineup notes: Jarrett Culver is doubtful with a strain of his left great toe. Jordan McLaughlin is out due to the health and safety protocols. UPDATE: Culver (toe) has been ruled out for Saturday night’s game.
Pacers confirmed lineup — PG Malcolm Brogdon, SG Caris LeVert, SF Justin Holiday, PF Domantas Sabonis, C Myles Turner
Lineup notes: Caris LeVert (kidney) is expected to play.
Suns confirmed lineup — PG Chris Paul, SG Devin Booker, SF Mikal Bridges, PF Frank Kaminsky, C Deandre Ayton
Lineup notes: Cameron Johnson is out due to the health and safety protocols. Devin Booker is probable with a left knee sprain.
Mavericks confirmed lineup — PG Luka Doncic, SG Josh Richardson, SF Dorian Finney-Smith, PF Maxi Kleber, C Kristaps Porzingis
Lineup notes: None.
Nuggets confirmed lineup — PG Jamal Murray, SG Will Barton, SF Michael Porter Jr., PF Paul Millsap, C Nikola Jokic
Lineup notes: JaMychal Green is probable with an illness. Nikola Jokic is questionable with a left ankle sprain and Monte Morris is questionable with a left quadriceps strain