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April 17th NBA Injury Report and Projected Starting Lineups

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NBA Basketball

Apr 17, 2021 · 7:22 AM PDT

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The Los Angeles Lakers will be without LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (calf) for Saturday's big showdown with the Utah Jazz. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire)
  • Injuries have been more devastating than ever during this congested NBA season
  • Saturday’s slate of games features a huge Western Conference matchup between the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and conference-leading Utah Jazz
  • Read below for projected lineups and the latest injury news for the NBA schedule on April 17th

There are six games on the NBA schedule for April 17th. Among them is a significant Western Conference showdown between the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and the conference-leading Utah Jazz.

Several teams are without key players for Saturday’s games, including LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Lakers and Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls.

NBA Injury News – April 17th

  • [8am EST:] The Lakers Davis (calf) has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Jazz. James (ankle) is on track to return to the lineup in three weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports
  • [8am EST]: LaVine has entered the league’s health and safety protocols and is expected to miss multiple games, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports

April 17th NBA Projected Starting Lineups

Jazz vs Lakers Projected Lineups

Jazz
VS
Lakers

Mike Conley PG Dennis Schroder
Joe Ingles SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Royce O’Neale SF Kyle Kuzma
Bojan Bogdanovic PF Markleff Morris
Rudy Gobert C Andre Drummond

X-rays on the ankle of Jazz SG Donovan Mitchell were negative, but he’s listed as day-to-day. Center Derek Favors (knee) is listed as day-to-day. Center Udoka Azubuike (ankle) is out.

Power forward Davis (ankle) and small forwards James (ankle) and Jared Dudley (knee) are out for the Lakers. SG Wesley Matthew (Achilles), PG Dennis Schroder (foot), C Andre Drummond (toe), C Marc Gasol (finger) and SF Kyle Kuzma (calf) are all listed as probable. PF Markleff Morris (ankle) is questionable.

Pistons vs Wizards Projected Lineups

Pistons
VS
Wizards

Cory Joseph PG Russell Westbrook
Saddiq Bey SG Bradley Beal
Josh Jackson SF Deni Avidja
Jerami Grant PF Rui Hachimura
Mason Plumlee C Alex Len

Pistons point guard Cory Joseph is expected to be out with left ankle soreness. Shooting guard Hamidou Diallo (groin) is listed as day-to-day. SG Rodney McGruder (elbow) and PG Dennis Smith Jr (knee) are out.

Wizards SF Davis Bertans (personal reasons) is listed as day-to-day. Center Thomas Bryant (torn ACL) is out and will undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Cavaliers vs Bulls Projected Lineups

Cavaliers
VS
Bulls

Darius Garland PG Coby White
Collin Sexton SG Tomas Satoransky
Isaac Okoro SF Patrick Williams
Kevin Love PF Daniel Theis
Jarrett Allen C Nikola Vucevic

Cavaliers shooting guards Damayean Dotson (knee) and Dylan Windler (knee) are both ruled out for Saturday’s game.

Bulls SG LaVine is expected to miss several games after entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols. SG Tomas Satoransky (back) is listed as day-to-day.

Warriors vs Celtics Projected Lineups

Warriors
VS
Celtics

Stephen Curry PG Kemba Walker
Kelly Oubre SG Jaylen Brown
Andrew Wiggins SF Marcus Smart
Draymond Green PF Jayson Tatum
Kevon Looney C Tristan Thompson

Warriors SF Kelly Oubre (wrist) is listed as questionable. Power forward Eric Paschall (left hip flexor strain) will be re-evaluated in two weeks afer undergoing a recent MRI. Center James Wiseman (right meniscal tear) and SG Klay Thompson (Achilles) are both out for the season.

Celtics center Robert Williams III (knee) is not expected to play in Saturday’s game. Shooting guard Evan Fournier (COVID-19 protocols) is out.

Grizzlies vs Bucks Projected Lineups

Grizzlies
VS
Bucks

Ja Morant PG Jrue Holiday
Dillon Brooks SG Bryn Forbes
Grayson Allen SF Khris Middleton
Kyle Anderson PF Giannis Antetokounmpo
Jonas Valanciunas C Brook Lopez

Grizzlies power forward Brandon Clarke (hip) won’t play Saturday. PF Justise Winslow (quadriceps) and SG De’Anthony Melton (leg) are also out. PG Jaren Jackson Jr (knee) isn’t expected back until the end of April.

Bucks shooting guard Dante DiVincenzo (toe) has been ruled out of Saturday’s game.

Spurs vs Suns Projected Lineups

Spurs
VS
Suns

Dejounte Murray PG Chris Paul
Derrick White SG Devin Booker
DeMar DeRozan SF Jae Crowder
Keldon Johnson PF Mikal Bridges
Jakob Poltl C Deandre Ayton

Spurs power forward Trey Lyles is out with an ankle injury.

Suns small forward Abdel Nader (knee) is listed as out for this game.

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