- There are eight games across the NBA on Monday, May 3rd
- LeBron James is questionable for LA’s meeting with Denver after leaving Sunday’s contest with a sore ankle
- Get the full injury report and projected lineups below
Monday, May 2nd isn’t the busiest day in the Association, but there are some intriguing matchups at hand. The Blazers and Hawks face off in a cross-conference meeting, while the Knicks look to keep their hot streak going against the Grizzlies.
The must-see game of the night will be the Lakers taking on the Nuggets, but LeBron James is questionable after exiting Sunday’s loss to Toronto early with ankle soreness. Also, Dennis Schroder is out as he’s entered COVID-19 protocols.
NBA Injury News – May 3rd
- [May 3rd – 2:30pm EST] According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelbourne, LeBron James will sit out for the Lakers against the Nuggets tonight to rest his re-aggravated ankle injury
- [11 pm EST] Lakers star LeBron James leaves Raptors matchup early with a sore ankle, likely questionable in the second of a back-to-back on Monday
- [5 pm EST] Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (COVID-19 protocols) missed Sunday’s game vs. Toronto, long-term status unclear but likely to miss out on Monday again
- [7 pm EST] Jazz guard Mike Conley (hamstring) out on Monday against the Spurs
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May 3rd Projected NBA Starting Lineups
Blazers vs Hawks Projected Lineups
|Damian Lillard||PG||Trae Young|
|CJ McCollum||SG||Bogdan Bogdanovic|
|Norman Powell||SF||Kevin Huerter|
|Robert Covington||PF||John Collins|
|Jusuf Nurkic||C||Clint Capela|
The surging Blazers, who have won four straight, have a clean bill of health as they look to extend their unbeaten streak. For the Hawks, Bogdan Bogdanovic (hamstring) is probable, while Tony Snell (ankle) is questionable. Kevin Huerter and Kris Dunn should see increased minutes as a result.
Pacers vs Wizards Projected Lineups
|Edmond Sumner||PG||Russell Westbrook|
|Caris LeVert||SG||Raul Neto|
|Doug McDermott||SF||Bradley Beal|
|Oshae Brissett||PF||Rui Hachimura|
|Domantas Sabonis||C||Alex Len|
Indiana has a flurry of injuries for Monday’s meeting with the Wizards. Jeremy Lamb (knee), Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring), and Goga Bitadze (ankle) are all listed as questionable. Myles Turner (toe) and JaKarr Simpson (concussion) are out. Washington is only missing long-term absentees Thomas Bryant and Deni Avdija, who are both out for the season.
Magic vs Pistons Projected Lineups
|Cole Anthony||PG||Killian Hayes|
|Gary Harris||SG||Josh Jackson|
|Dwayne Bacon||SF||Sekou Doumbouya|
|Moe Wagner||PF||Saddiq Bey|
|Wendell Carter||C||Isaiah Stewart|
Both teams have a ton of absences here. Orlando is without Terrence Ross (back), James Ennis (calf), Otto Porter (foot), and Michael Carter-Williams (ankle). The Pistons meanwhile, will be missing Wayne Ellington (calf), Mason Plumlee (rest), Rodney McGruder (elbow), Cory Joseph (ankle), Jerami Grant (knee), and Dennis Smith (knee). Needless to say, a lot of second unit players will see minutes.
Warriors vs Pelicans Projected Lineups
|Jordan Poole||PG||Lonzo Ball|
|Steph Curry||SG||Eric Bledsoe|
|Kent Bazemore||SF||Brandon Ingram|
|Draymond Green||PF||Zion Williamson|
|Kevon Looney||C||Willy Hernangomez|
Kelly Oubre (wrist), Damion Lee (COVID-19), and Eric Paschall (hip) are all out for the Warriors. Andrew Wiggins (knee) is questionable. Expect more minutes for Jordan Poole and Kent Bazemore with Oubre and Wiggins sidelined. Pelicans big man Steven Adams (toe) is questionable, while Josh Hart (thumb) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (ankle) will not be available.
76ers vs Bulls Projected Lineups
|Ben Simmons||PG||Coby White|
|Seth Curry||SG||Garrett Temple|
|Danny Green||SF||Patrick Williams|
|Tobias Harris||PF||Thaddeus Young|
|Joel Embiid||C||Daniel Theis|
After numerous injury problems a couple of weeks ago, the Sixers are at full strength right now as they look to make a run at the Eastern Conference title. The Bulls, however, are still without Zach LaVine (COVID-19), while Nikola Vucevic (hip) is questionable. Another game missed for the big man will see Daniel Theis see more minutes at center again.
Knicks vs Grizzlies Projected Lineups
|Elfrid Payton||PG||Ja Morant|
|RJ Barrett||SG||Desmond Bane|
|Reggie Bullock||SF||Dillon Brooks|
|Julius Randle||PF||Kyle Anderson|
|Taj Gibson||C||Jonas Valanciunas|
Knicks center Nerlens Noel (ankle) is likely out after leaving Sunday’s win over the Rockets early with a sprained ankle. The X-rays did come back negative though, which is a good sign. Expect Taj Gibson to start in his place. Mitchell Robinson (foot) remains out as well. Grayson Allen (hand) is questionable for the Grizzlies.
Spurs vs Jazz Projected Lineups
|Tre Jones||PG||Joe Ingles|
|Devin Vassell||SG||Royce O’Neale|
|DeMar DeRozan||SF||Bojan Bogdanovic|
|Keldon Johnson||PF||Georges Niang|
|Jakob Poeltl||C||Rudy Gobert|
DeMar DeRozan will return to the Spurs lineup after a rest day on Sunday. Dejounte Murray (knee) and Trey Lyles (ankle) are questionable, while Derrick White (ankle) is out for the season. Utah remains without Donovan Mitchell (ankle) while backcourt partner Mike Conley (hamstring) will miss his fourth-straight game.
Nuggets vs Lakers Projected Lineups
|Facundo Campazzo||PG||Alex Caruso|
|PJ Dozier||SG||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope|
|Michael Porter||SF||Kyle Kuzma|
|Aaron Gordon||PF||Anthony Davis|
|Nikola Jokic||C||Andre Drummond|
Will Barton (hamstring) and Monte Harris (hamstring) are still out for the Nuggets. Jamal Murray (knee) is out for the season. James hobbled off on Sunday and went straight to the locker room, which clearly means his ankle is sore after just returning from the injury. In the tail end of a back-to-back, LeBron will likely sit. Schroder (COVID-19) is out, which means another start for Alex Caruso at point guard.