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April 18th NBA Injury News and Projected Starting Lineups

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in NBA Basketball

Updated Apr 18, 2021 · 6:11 AM PDT

Damian Lillard will miss his second straight game on Sunday due to a hamstring injury, leaving CJ McCollum to carry the offensive load for the Trail Blazers. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
  • There are eight games across the NBA on Sunday, April 18th
  • The matchup of the day will feature the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets
  • Get the full projected lineups and injury report for all games below

Sunday’s schedule across the association features several intriguing contests, led by the Brooklyn Nets traveling to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat. However, Jimmy Butler could miss his first game since March 25th due to an ankle sprain.

In other action, The Pelicans and Knicks face-off. The Clippers, meanwhile, are prepared to be without Kawhi Leonard once again as they take on the Timberwolves.

Damian Lillard, who missed Friday’s game against the Spurs due to hamstring tightness, will be sidelined as the Blazers play the Hornets.

NBA Injury News – April 18th

  • [8pm EST] Heat star Jimmy Butler listed as questionable (ankle sprain) for marquee matchup with Nets on Sunday
  • [8 pm EST] Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard listed as questionable (foot) vs. Timberwolves, would be fifth-straight game missed
  • [7 pm EST] Damian Lillard is out (hamstring) against Hornets, second consecutive contest missed

April 18th NBA Projected Starting Lineups

Pacers vs Hawks Projected Lineups

Malcolm Brogdon PG Trae Young
Caris LeVert SG Bogdan Bogdanovic
Edmond Sumner SF Kevin Huerter
Justin Holiday PF Solomon Hill
Clint Capela C Domantas Sabonis

Indiana has two players who are listed as questionable for Sunday. Myles Turner could be available after missing the last six games due to an ankle sprain, but will be on a minutes limit. Doug McDermott is dealing with a similar injury and would also be limited if he did suit up.

The Hawks are still without Danilo Gallinari, Tony Snell, Kris Dunn, and Cam Reddish. John Collins is trending towards a return and is listed as questionable for this contest. The big man has been absent for nine games.

Pelicans vs Knicks Projected Starting Lineups

Lonzo Ball PG Elfrid Payton
Eric Bledsoe SG RJ Barrett
Brandon Ingram SF Reggie Bullock
Zion Williamson PF Julius Randle
Steven Adams C Nerlens Noel

Both teams are looking relatively healthy for this one. The Pelicans are still without Josh Hart who is dealing with a long-term thumb injury, while backup guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker is out for another week at the minimum with an ankle injury. Jaxson Hayes left Friday’s contest against the Wizards with back spasms, but he’s probable for Sunday.

The Knicks are only missing Alec Burks who has COVID-19 and Mitchell Robinson, who had surgery to repair a broken foot at the end of March.

Nets vs Heat Projected Starting Lineups

Kyrie Irving PG Kendrick Nunn
Joe Harris SG Tyler Herro
Kevin Durant SF Duncan Robinson
Jeff Green PF Trevor Ariza
DeAndre Jordan C Bam Adebayo

For Brooklyn, James Harden continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury, but he isn’t too far off a return. The Heat could very well be without Butler, which is going to make this a much tougher game for them on both ends. Victor Oladipo’s knee injury keeps him out again, while Andre Iguodala is questionable.

Trail Blazers vs Hornets Projected Starting Lineups

Trail Blazers
CJ McCollum PG Terry Rozier
Norman Powell SG Cody Martin
Derrick Jones SF Jalen McDaniels
Robert Covington PF Miles Bridges
Jusuf Nurkic C Bismack Biyombo

The big absence in this one is Lillard. He’s out with a hamstring issue, which is slightly concerning for the Blazers. This will give Norman Powell the start at shooting guard again. The team pulled off a win without Dame against the Spurs on Friday.

Devonte’ Graham is questionable for Charlotte after being sidelined on Friday, while PJ Washington is also a doubt. Long-term absentees Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball will not suit up.

Rockets vs Magic Projected Starting Lineups

Avery Bradley PG Cole Anthony
Kevin Porter Jr. SG Gary Harris
Jae’Sean Tate SF James Ennis
Kelly Olynyk PF Chuma Okeke
Christian Wood C Wendell Carter

Rockets guard John Wall will rest on Sunday after a poor showing in a blowout loss to the Nuggets on Friday. That should give Avery Bradley the start at PG. For the Magic, Otto Porter and Michael Carter-Williams remain out, while Mo Bamba is questionable. Cole Anthony should get another start in place of Carter-Williams.

Thunder vs Raptors Projected Starting Lineups

Theo Maledon PG Kyle Lowry
Lu Dort SG Malachi Flynn
Darius Bazley SF OG Anunoby
Isaiah Roby PF Pascal Siakam
Moses Brown C Khem Birch

The Thunder will likely roll with a similar starting five as Friday, while the likes of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Mike Muscala, and Aleksej Pokusevski are out. Toronto gets back Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, and Pascal Siakam after a rest day, but Fred VanVleet’s status is unclear due to a hip issue. Gary Trent Jr. is also questionable with an ankle injury.

Kings vs Mavericks Projected Starting Lineups

De’Aaron Fox PG Luka Doncic
Buddy Hield SG Josh Richardson
Harrison Barnes SF Dorian Finney-Smith
Moe Harkless PF Maxi Kleber
Hassan Whiteside C Kristaps Porzingis

There are no notable absences in this contest. Marvin Bagley and Richaun Holmes remain out for the slumping Kings, while the Mavericks are at full strength as they look to hand Sacramento their 10th straight loss.

Timberwolves vs Clippers Projected Starting Lineups

Ricky Rubio PG Reggie Jackson
Anthony Edwards SG Luke Kennard
Josh Okogie SF Paul George
Jaden McDaniels PF Marcus Morris
Karl-Anthony Towns C Ivica Zubac

The Timberwolves have a healthy squad for a tough matchup with the Clippers. Malik Beasley is the only player ruled out with a long-term hamstring injury, while second-unit guard Jaylen Nowell is questionable with a bruised tibia.

LA is without Kawhi again as Paul George will be relied upon to carry the offense. The veteran has dropped 30+ points in five straight games. Serge Ibaka and Patrick Beverley also remain sidelined.

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