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April 14th NBA Injury Report and Projected Starting Lineups

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NBA Basketball

Apr 14, 2021 · 6:44 AM PDT

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Booklyn Nets guard James Harden will miss Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers due to a right hamstring strain. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
  • Injuries have been more devastating than ever during this congested NBA season
  • Wednessday’s slate of games features two of the league’s top contenders – the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers – both playing on the road
  • Read below for projected lineups and the latest injury news for the NBA schedule on April 14th

There are 12 games on the NBA schedule for April 14th. Among them is a potential Eastern Conference final preview as the Brooklyn Nets visit the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Dallas Mavericks travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies in a battle between the #7 and #8 clubs in the Western Conference.

Several teams are without key players for Wednesday’s games, including Jamal Murray and James Wiseman, who are both out for the season.

NBA Injury News – April 14th

  • [3:00pm EST] Milwaukee’s PJ Tucker will play for the Bucks against Minnesota this afternoon. Karl-Anthony Towns remains out for Minnesota
  • [1:00pm EST] Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin are also out for Brooklyn for Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia 
  • [8am EST:] Brooklyn’s James Harden (right hamstring strain) is out for Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia, Billy Reinhardt of NetsDaily.com reports
  • [8am EST]: Kyrie Irving (personal) is questionable for Brooklyn, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports

April 14th NBA Projected Starting Lineups

Bucks vs Timberwolves Projected Lineups

Bucks
VS
Timberwolves
Dante DVincenzo SG Anthony Edwards
Jrue Holiday PG Ricky Rubio
Khris Middleton SF Josh Okogie
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF Jaden McDaniels
Brook Lopez C Karl-Anthony Towns

Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable due to a knee injury. Bucks backup power forward PJ Tucker (calf) is also a questionable starter.

Towns (personal) didn’t play for the Timberwolves in Tuesday’s game against Brooklyn. He’s listed as day-to-day. Shooting guard Malik Beasley, diagnosed with a Grade 3 hamstring injury earlier this week, will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks.

Cavaliers vs Hornets Projected Lineups

Cavaliers
VS
Hornets
Isaac Okoro SG Devonte Graham
Matthew Dellavedova PG Terry Rozier
Dean Wade SF Miles Bridges
Kevin Love PF PJ Washington
Jarrett Allen C Jalen McDaniels

Cleveland shooting guards Dylan Windler (knee) and Damyean Dotson (knee) are both out for this game. Point guards Darius Garland (ankle) and Collin Sexton (groin) are questionable.

Charlotte’s Rozier (knee) and Washington (ankle) both missed Tuesday’s game against the Lakers and are listed as questionable for Wednesday. SF Gordon Hayward (foot), SG Malik Monk (ankle) and PG LaMelo Ball (wrist) are out.

Nets vs 76ers Projected Lineups

Nets
VS
76ers
Joe Harris SG Seth Curry
Bruce Brown PG Ben Simmons
Kevin Durant SF Tobias Harris
Jeff Green PF Danny Green
Nicolas Claxton C Joel Embiid

Minus Harden and Irving, it takes much of the showcase away from this contest. Nets C LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) and PG Chris Chiozza (hand) are listed as day-to-day.

Sixers F Anthony Tolliver (undisclosed) is day-to-day. G George Hill (thumb) is out.

Spurs vs Raptors Projected Lineups

Spurs
VS
Raptors
Derrick White SG Gary Trent Jr
Dejounte Murray PG Kyle Lowry
Keldon Johnson SF OG Anunoby
DeMar DeRozan PF Pascal Siakam
Jakob Poltl C Chris Boucher

For the Spurs, PF Trey Lyles (ankle) and C Gorgui Dieng (shoulder) are out.

Toronto’s Lowry (rest) didn’t play Tuesday against the Hawks and is listed as day-to-day. SG DeAndre’ Bembry (hamstring) is also day-to-day. Shooting guards Fred VanVleet (hip), Paul Watson (COVID-19 protocols) and Jalen Harris (hip) are all out.

Knicks vs Pelicans Projected Lineups

Knicks
VS
Pelicans
RJ Barrett SG Brandon Ingram
Elfrid Payton PG Eric Bledsoe
Reggie Bullock SF Wesley Iwundu
Julius Randle PF Zion Williamson
Nerlens Noel C Steven Adams

Forward John Henson (calf) and center Michael Robinson (foot) are out for the Knicks.

Forward James Nunnally (undisclosed) is day-to-day and PF James Johnson (wrist) is questionable for the Pelicans. PG Lonzo Ball (hip), SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker (ankle) and SG Josh Hart (thumb) are out.

Magic vs Bulls Projected Lineups

Magic
VS
Bulls
James Ennis SG Tomas Satoransky
Michael Carter-Williams PG Patrick Williams
Dwayne Bacon SF Zack LaVine
Chuma Okeke PF Thaddeus Young
Wendell Carter Jr C Nikola Vucevic

Magic PF Okeke (hip) is listed as questionable for this game. C Mo Bamba (hip) is also questionable. Forward Donta Hall (not injury related), SF Otto Porter Jr (foot), PF Jonathan Isaac (ACL) and PG Markelle Fultz (ACL) are out.

Bulls SF Garrett Temple (hamstring) is listed as probable for this game.

Clippers vs Pistons Projected Lineups

Clippers
VS
Pistons
Paul George SG Saddiq Bey
Reggie Jackson PG Cory Joseph
Kawhi Leonard SF Josh Jackson
Marcus Morris PF Jerami Grant
Ivica Zubac C Mason Plumlee

Leonard sat out Tuesday’s game at Indiana with right foot soreness, but is listed as day-to-day for Wednesday. PG Patrick Beverley (hand) is also day-to-day. Center Serge Ibaka (back) is out.

Pistons PG Dennis Smith Jr (knee) is day-to-day. SG Rodney McGruder (elbow) is out.

Pacers vs Rockets Projected Lineups

Pacers
VS
Rockets
Caris Levert SG John Wall
Malcolm Brogdon PG Jea’Sean Tate
Justin Holiday SF Kevin Porter Jr
Domantas Sabonis PF Christian Wood
Myles Turner C Kelly Olynyk

Pacers SF Doug McDermott left with an ankle injury Tuesday against the Clippers and is day-to-day. Turner (ankle) missed Tuesday’s game but is expected to play Wednesday. SF TJ Warren (foot) is out for the season.

Rockets PG DJ Augustin (ankle) and SF Sterling Brown (knee) are expected to be out Wednesday. PG Dante Exum (calf), SF David Nwaba (wrist) and SG Eric Gordon (groin) are definitely out.

Warriors vs Thunder Projected Lineups

Warriors
VS
Thunder
Kent Bazemore SG Luguentz Dort
Stephen Curry PG Theo Maledon
Andrew Wiggins SF Darius Bazley
Draymond Green PF Aleksej Pokusevski
Kevon Looney C Moses Brown

Warriors SG Kelly Oubre (wrist) is doubtful for Wednesday’s game. Center James Wiseman (knee), PF Eric Paschall (hip) and SG Klay Thompson (Achilles) are out.

Oklahoma City’s Pokusevski (arm) couldn’t go Tuesday against the Jazz, but is listed as day-to-day for this game. Forward Gabriel Deck (not injury related) is also tagged as day-to-day. Centers Mike Muscala (ankle) and Al Horford (not injury related) and SG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) are out.

Mavericks vs Grizzlies Projected Lineups

Mavericks
VS
Grizzlies
Josh Richardson SG Dilon Brooks
Luka Doncic PG Ja Morant
Dorian Finney-Smith SF Grayson Allen
Kristaps Porzingis PF Kyle Anderson
Maxi Kleber C Jonas Valanciunas

The Mavericks remain without PG Tyrell Terry (personal) and there’s no indication when he might return to action.

For the Grizzlies, power forwards Justise Winslow (quadriceps) , Jontay Porter (knee) and Jaren Jackson Jr (knee) and SG De’Anthony Melton (leg) are out.

Wizards vs Kings Projected Lineups

Wizards
VS
Kings
Bradley Beal SG Buddy Hield
Russell Westbrook PG De’Aaron Fox
Deni Avidija SF Harrison Barnes
Rui Hachimura PF Maurice Harkless
Alex Len C Hassan Whiteside

Wizards center Daniel Gafford is day-to-day with a shoulder ailment but is epected to play. Center Thomas Bryant (ACL) is out.

Kings SG Hield (illness) is questionable for Wednesday. Center Richaun Holmes (hamstring) is doubtful and PF Marvin Bagley III (hand) is out.

Heat vs Nuggets Projected Lineups

Heat
VS
Nuggets
Jimmy Butler SG Michael Porter Jr
Kendrick Nunn PG Facundo Campazzo
Trevor Ariza SF Aaron Gordon
Duncan Robinson PF Will Barton
Bam Adebayo C Nikola Jokic

Both teams are minus key backcourt performers. The Heat remain without SG Victor Oladipo (knee.)

Denver has lost PG Jamal Murray for the season due to a torn ACL. Nuggets guard Shaquille Harrison (COVID-19 protocols) has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game.

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