- There are 10 games on the schedule across the NBA on Friday, October 22nd, 2021
- Joel Embiid is one of the most notable names that could be out as the 76ers face the Nets
- Find the full injury report and projected lineups below
It’s a jam-packed slate in the Association on Friday, October 22nd, with a total of 10 contests on the NBA schedule. There are several intriguing matchups as well, such as the Brooklyn Nets facing the Philadelphia 76ers, while the Toronto Raptors take on the Boston Celtics. Joel Embiid is listed as questionable in the NBA injury report on October 22nd for Philly due to knee soreness, while Ben Simmons is out indefinitely.
Read on for the projected lineups and NBA injury reports.
NBA Injury News – October 22nd
- [6 PM EST October 22nd] Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal is listed as questionable on Friday against the Indiana Pacers due to a bruised hip
- [6 pm EST October 22nd] Sixers big man Joel Embiid is questionable on Friday vs. Brooklyn because of knee soreness
- 1 PM EST October 22nd] Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier is questionable against the Cavs with ankle soreness. He also sat out the season opener.
Projected Starting Lineups
Pacers vs Wizards Projected Lineups
|Malcolm Brogdon||PG||Spencer Dinwiddie|
|Chris Duarte||SG||Raul Neto|
|Oshae Brissett||SF||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope|
|Domantas Sabonis||PF||Kyle Kuzma|
|Myles Turner||C||Daniel Gafford|
The Pacers are already dealing with a lot of injuries as they list a few players on the NBA injury report on October 22nd. TJ Warren and Caris LeVert are out indefinitely, while Justin Holiday, Torrey Craig, and Jeremy Lamb are all questionable. Their depth at small forward has taken a serious hit with these absences, which means Oshae Brissett could get a start there potentially.
Beal is dealing with a sore hip from the season opener against Toronto and is listed questionable in Friday’s NBA injury report. Cassius Winston, Rui Hachimura, and Thomas Bryant are out. Anthony Gil is questionable. If Beal is sidelined, expect Raul Neto to slide into the starting lineup.
Nets vs 76ers Projected Lineups
|James Harden||PG||Tyrese Maxey|
|Joe Harris||SG||Seth Curry|
|Kevin Durant||SF||Danny Green|
|Blake Griffin||PF||Tobias Harris|
|Nicolas Claxton||C||Andre Drummond|
The Nets are basically at full strength with the exception of Kyrie Irving, who continues to be away from the team due to his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As for Philly, Embiid is listed as questionable with knee soreness after a solid season debut. Expect Andre Drummond to start in his place. Ben Simmons is out indefinitely with an apparent back injury as that entire saga continues.
Knicks vs Magic Projected Lineups
|Kemba Walker||PG||Cole Anthony|
|Evan Fournier||SG||Jalen Suggs|
|RJ Barrett||SF||Franz Wagner|
|Julius Randle||PF||Wendell Carter|
|Mitchell Robinson||C||Mo Bamba|
The Knicks should roll with their same starting five as the season opener. Taj Gibson is questionable due to a personal matter, while Nerlens Noel is out with a knee injury. Orlando has no shortage of absences. E’Twaun Moore, Michael Carter-Williams, Gary Harris, Jonathan Isaac, and Markelle Fultz are all listed as out in the NBA injury report.
Hornets vs Cavaliers Projected Lineups
|LaMelo Ball||PG||Ricky Rubio|
|Kelly Oubre Jr||SG||Collin Sexton|
|Gordon Hayward||SF||Lauri Markkanen|
|Miles Bridges||PF||Evan Mobley|
|Mason Plumlee||C||Jarrett Allen|
Terry Rozier is questionable for the second-straight game, which means Kelly Oubre Jr will be in line for another start alongside LaMelo Ball in the Hornets backcourt. As for the Cavs, Darius Garland is doubtful with knee soreness. If he misses out, Ricky Rubio will likely start in his place.
Raptors vs Celtics Projected Lineups
|Fred VanVleet||PG||Marcus Smart|
|Goran Dragic||SG||Jaylen Brown|
|Scottie Barnes||SF||Jayson Tatum|
|OG Anunoby||PF||Grant Williams|
|Precious Achiuwa||C||Robert Williams|
The Raps will likely go with the same starting lineup as Wednesday as Yuta Watanabe and Pascal Siakam remain out with injuries. Marcus Smart is dealing with knee soreness, but he’s probable for the Celtics on Friday. Al Horford is out due to COVID-19.
Pelicans vs Bulls Projected Lineups
|Devonte’ Graham||PG||Lonzo Ball|
|Nickeil Alexander-Walker||SG||Zach LaVine|
|Josh Hart||SF||DeMar DeRozan|
|Brandon Ingram||PF||Patrick Williams|
|Jonas Valanciunas||C||Nikola Vucevic|
Josh Hart is questionable for the Pelicans here, but there is a firm belief he’ll play through quad tightness. Zion Williamson is out indefinitely with a foot injury. The new-look Bulls are only missing Coby White, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.
Thunder vs Rockets Projected Lineups
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||PG||Jalen Green|
|Josh Giddey||SG||Kevin Porter|
|Lu Dort||SF||Jae’Sean Tate|
|Darius Bazley||PF||Christian Wood|
|Derrick Favors||C||Daniel Theis|
OKC has no injuries to report for Friday. Rockets swingman Danuel House is questionable due to a personal matter.
Spurs vs Nuggets Projected Lineups
|Dejounte Murray||PG||Monte Morris|
|Derrick White||SG||Will Barton|
|Keldon Johnson||SF||Michael Porter Jr|
|Doug McDermott||PF||Aaron Gordon|
|Jakob Poeltl||C||Nikola Jokic|
Zach Collins is out for the Spurs with a foot injury in the NBA injury report on Friday. The Nuggets are still missing Jamal Murray, who continues to rehab from ACL surgery.
Jazz vs Kings Projected Lineups
|Mike Conley||PG||De’Aaron Fox|
|Donovan Mitchell||SG||Tyrese Haliburton|
|Bojan Bogdanovic||SF||Harrison Barnes|
|Royce O’Neale||PF||Tristan Thompson|
|Rudy Gobert||C||Richaun Holmes|
Both of these teams are essentially at full strength. Rudy Gay is the only absence for Utah, while Moe Harkless is questionable for the Kings due to hip soreness. If he’s unable to suit up, Tristan Thompson will likely slide into the starting five at power forward.
Suns vs Lakers Projected Lineups
|Chris Paul||PG||Russell Westbrook|
|Devin Booker||SG||Kent Bazemore|
|Mikal Bridges||SF||LeBron James|
|Jae Crowder||PF||Anthony Davis|
|Deandre Ayton||C||DeAndre Jordan|
The Suns will be without Dario Saric on Friday due to a knee injury, while Landry Shamet should play despite a small foot issue. The Lakers however have several absences. Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, Kendrick Nunn, and Talen Horton-Tucker are all sidelined with injuries. Sekou Doumbouya is doubtful with an illness.