NBA Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups, Injury News – 2/7/19

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Injury News

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Celtics: Aron Baynes (foot) is out. Marcus Morris (foot) is day-to-day.

Clippers: Danilo Gallinari (back) is available. Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) and Milos Teodosic (personal) are out.

Grizzlies: Marc Gasol (Trade Machine-itis) is out. Garrett Temple (shoulder) is doubtful. Kyle Anderson (shoulder) is available for emergencies. JaMychal Green (knee) and Joakim Noah (heel) are questionable.

Hawks: Tyler Dorsey (knee) is probable. Miles Plumlee (knee) is out.

LakersKyle Kuzma (hip), LeBron James (load management) and Ivica Zubac (finger) are probable. Josh Hart (knee) is questionable. Lonzo Ball (ankle) remains out.

Magic: Mo Bamba (stress fracture) is out. Jonathon Simmons (abdominal) is questionable.

Pacers: Doug McDermott (ribs) and Ike Anigbogu (knee) are out. Myles Turner (thigh) is a game-time decision.

Raptors: Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) is expected to return.

Spurs: Derrick White (heel) is out.

Thunder: Alex Abrines (personal) is out.

Timberwolves: Jeff Teague (foot) and Tyus Jones (ankle), Robert Covington (ankle), and Derrick Rose (ankle) are out.

Trail Blazers: None

Today’s NBA Matchups

Los Angeles Clippers (30-25) at Indiana Pacers (35-19)

Line: Pacers -6.5, O/U: 216

Pacers: 109 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace

Clippers: 114 ppg, below average defense, fast pace


  • Tobias Harris dropped 34 points and the game-winner against Charlotte, and a few hours later he got shipped to Philadelphia along with Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and four picks.
  • Danilo Gallinari had missed the last nine games with back spasms, but he should be back for this one.
  • The Clippers are 2-1 on this road trip so far, and 15-13 on the road this year.
  • The Pacers lost their first four games without Victor Oladipo by an average of 15 points, but they’ve won three in a row and just handed LeBron the worst loss of his career, 136-94.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 24 points and added 5 assists. He’s averaging 20 points in the last five with shooting splits of 51/43/82.
  • Myles Turner put up 22 points and 4 blocks in that game, and he’s a game-time decision for this one with a bruised thigh.

Memphis Grizzlies (22-33) at Oklahoma City Thunder (34-19)

Line: Thunder -14, O/U: 212

Thunder: 115 ppg, second-best defense in the NBA, top five pace

Grizzlies: 100 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace


  • The Thunder have won eight of their last nine, bouncing back from the loss in Boston with a 132-122 win in Orlando on Tuesday.
  • Paul George is averaging 38 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in his last five games, shooting 50% from the floor and 48% from three. He put up 39 against the Magic.
  • Russell Westbrook has six consecutive triple doubles, averaging 15 assists per game in his last four.
  • Marc Gasol is not with the team on this trip as they’re trying to trade him before the deadline. He’s averaging 15 points and 9 rebounds per game.
  • Memphis had lost 17 of 19, but they’ve won two in a row against the Knicks and Timberwolves.
  • Kyle Anderson has a shoulder issue that will limit him to emergency situations in this game.
  • Mike Conley doesn’t want to get traded to Utah, but it might happen.

Minnesota Timberwolves (25-28) at Orlando Magic (22-32)

Line: Magic -2, O/U: 216

Magic: 105 ppg, average defense, slow pace

Timberwolves: 111 ppg, below average defense, faster than average pace


  • Orlando has won just three of their last ten games, most recently losing in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
  • Nikola Vucevic is the first Magic All Star since Dwight Howard, averaging 22.5 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1 steal in his last ten.
  • Mo Bamba has been diagnosed with a stress fracture, so he will be on the sidelines for a good chunk of time.
  • Minnesota has lost four of their last five games, and they haven’t beaten a good team in a month.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns is coming off of 26 points and 18 boards in a loss to the reeling Grizzlies on Tuesday.
  • Jeff Teague, Tyus Jones, and Derrick Rose are all out with foot/ankle issues, leaving 35 points and 17 assists per game on the bench.
  • Jerryd Bayless is the only healthy point guard, and he has led the team in assists in five of the last six games. He’s averaging 14 points, 8 assists and 4 boards in the last five.

San Antonio Spurs (32-24) at Portland Trail Blazers (32-21)

Line: Blazers -6, O/U: 226

Trail Blazers: 113 ppg, average defense, below average pace

Spurs: 112 ppg, average defense, very slow pace


  • The Blazers had almost a week off, then lost to Miami 118-108 on Tuesday.
  • Damian Lillard is averaging 28 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in the last ten games.
  • Rodney Hood is expected to make his Blazers debut after being traded from Cleveland.
  • Jusuf Nurkic’s last ten games: 14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks.
  • The Spurs have started their annual Rodeo Road Trip with losses in Sacramento and Golden State.
  • Point guard Derrick White missed those games with plantar fasciitis, and he’s been the second-most impactful Spur over the last month or so.
  • Gregg Popovich wisely rested LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan last night so that they’re fresh for a game against a team with one All Star instead of five.

Toronto Raptors (39-16) at Atlanta Hawks (18-35)

Line: Raptors -9, O/U: 232

Hawks: 110 ppg, bottom ten defense, fastest pace in the NBA

Raptors: 114 ppg, above average defense, average pace


  • The Hawks just finished a 4-3 road trip by beating Washington 137-129 behind nine players in double figures.
  • Trae Young is averaging 21 points and 9 assists in the last five, remaining productive even on nights when his shot isn’t falling.
  • Second-year big John Collins is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.
  • Kent Bazemore missed the last month with an ankle injury, and he’s coming off the bench and playing around 15 minutes per game for now.
  • The Raptors won 119-107 in Philadelphia on Tuesday behind 20+ points from Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.
  • Jonas Valanciunas has missed the last two months with a thumb injury, but he’s expected to return for this one.

Marquee Matchup

Los Angeles Lakers (27-27) at Boston Celtics (35-19)

Line: Celtics -9, O/U: 227

Celtics: 113 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace

Lakers: 112 ppg, top ten defense, top five pace


  • The Celtics have won nine of their last ten, including five in a row.
  • Kyrie Irving has missed three of the last five with a hip strain, but he should be good to go for this one.
  • Jayson Tatum led the team with 25 points in a win over the Cavs on Tuesday.
  • Jaylen Brown is averaging 16 points and 5 rebounds over the last five.
  • Amid reports that the Lakers have offered basically the entire team for Anthony Davis, they lost by 42 to the Victor Oladipo-less Pacers.
  • That was the worst loss of LeBron‘s career. He’s back from the groin injury that kept him off the floor in January, and should play tonight.
  • Kyle Kuzma missed a few with a hip injury, but scored 12 points in 25 minutes in his return.
  • Brandon Ingram is averaging 22 points per game over his last five, and hilariously hit a free throw as fans in Indiana chanted, “LeBron’s gonna trade you.”
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