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  • There are eight games across the NBA on Saturday, October 23rd
  • The Milwaukee Bucks will once again be shorthanded when they travel to San Antonio
  • Get the full projected lineups and injury report for all games below

Saturday brings us an eight game NBA slate with plenty of injuries to monitor. The reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks have been hit harder by the injury bug than any other team so far, and once again will be without key contributors when they travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs.

Elsewhere around the league, Cleveland could be without its starting point guard Darius Garland for the second straight night, after the rising young star sprained his ankle in the Cavs season opener on Wednesday.

We have our finger on the pulse of all the key injury situations around the league, so check out the latest news below before placing any bets.

NBA Injury News – October 23rd

  • Bucks center Brook Lopez (back), forward Bobby Portis (hamstring), and forward Semi Ojeleye (calf) have all been ruled out. Point guard Jrue Holiday (heel) and shooting guard Rodney Hood (foot) are both probable.
  • Cavs point guard Darius Garland (ankle) is questionable.
  • Heat point guard Kyle Lowry (ankle) is questionable.
  • Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (ankle) is out
  • Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (foot) is out.
  • Pacers shooting guard Caris LeVert (back) and forward T.J. Warren (foot) are out.
  • Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari (shoulder) is questionable.
  • Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (shoulder) is still a few weeks away from returning to action.

October 23rd NBA Projected Starting Lineups

Hawks vs Cavaliers Projected Lineups

Trae Young PG Ricky Rubio
Bogdan Bogdanovic SG Collin Sexton
De’Andre Hunter SF Lauri Markkanen
John Collins PF Evan Mobley
Clint Capela C Jarrett Allen

If Garland does indeed miss his second straight game, expect Ricky Rubio to start at the point. The 11-year veteran is in his first season in Cleveland, after playing the last two seasons in Minnesota and Phoenix.

Aside from Danilo Gallinari, there are no major injury concerns to report for Atlanta.

Heat vs Pacers Projected Lineups

Kyle Lowry PG Malcolm Brogdon
Duncan Robinson SG Chris Duarte
Jimmy Butler SF Justin Holiday
P.J. Tucker PF Domantas Sabonis
Bam Adebayo C Myles Turner

Like Milwaukee, Indiana is dealing with significant injuries of their own.  Both Caris LeVert and T.J. Warren have yet to play this season, putting the Pacers down two of their top scorers. Chris Duarte and Justin Holiday started in their respective places on Friday, and are expected to do so again versus the Heat.

Kyle Lowry meanwhile, rolled his ankle in Miami’s season opener on Thursday. He’s considered day-to-day but did return to the game shortly after the injury, so we currently have him projected in.

Mavericks vs Raptors Projected Lineups

Luka Doncic PG Fred VanVleet
Tim Hardaway Jr. SG Gary Trent Jr.
Dorian Finney-Smith SF Scottie Barnes
Kristaps Porzingis PF OG Anunoby
Dwight Powell C Precious Achiuwa

Dallas enters play as one of the few teams on the slate with no injury concerns. Toronto on the other hand, will once again be without Pascal Siakam, who is still a few weeks away from returning from his shoulder injury.

Pistons vs Bulls Projected Lineups

Killian Hayes PG Lonzo Ball
Frank Jackson SG Zach LaVine
Saddiq Bey SF DeMar Derozan
Jerami Grant PF Patrick Williams
Isaiah Stewart C Nikola Vucevic

2021 number one pick Cade Cunningham’s Detroit debut will have to wait a little longer as the rookie has still not recovered from his ankle issue. Frank Jackson started in his place in the Pistons season opener and is likely to do so again on Saturday.

Chicago meanwhile, is still missing point guard Coby White. The 2019 first round pick won’t be ready to return from his shoulder injury until mid-November.

Pelicans vs Timberwolves Projected Lineups

Devonte’ Graham PG D’Angelo Russell
Nickeil Alexander-Walker SG Anthony Edwards
Brandon Ingram SF Josh Okogie
Herbert Jones PF Jaden McDaniels
Jonas Valanciunas C Karl-Anthony Towns

In Minnesota, the Timberwolves will play their their second game of the season with a clean bill of health, but the same cannot be said for New Orleans. Former number one pick Zion Williamson is out indefinitely with a foot injury, opening the door for rookie Herbert Jones to once again start in his place.

Bucks vs Spurs Projected Lineups

Jrue Holliday PG Dejounte Murray
Grayson Allen SG Derrick White
Pat Connaughton SG / SF Doug McDermott
Khris Middleton SF / PF Keldon Johnson
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF / C Jakob Poeltl

The injury riddled Bucks will likely go small again with their starting lineup, with both Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis ruled out. Jrue Holliday, who left the season opener with a heel injury is probable, as is Rodney Hood, who’s missed Milwaukee’s first two games with a foot issue.

San Antonio on the other hand is in good health. Zach Collins is the only rotation player missing, but he won’t be fully recovered from his foot injury until after Christmas.

Suns vs Trail Blazers Projected Lineups

Chris Paul PG Damian Lillard
Devin Booker SG CJ McCollum
Mikal Bridges SF Norman Powell
Jae Crowder PF Robert Covington
Deandre Ayton C Jusuf Nurkic

Not a lot of injuries to report ahead of the Suns-Trail Blazers tilt. For Phoenix, backup guard Landry Shamet is day-to-day with foot soreness, while Tony Snell is out for Portland due to a sprained foot.

Grizzlies vs Clippers Projected Lineups

Ja Morant PG Reggie Jackson
 De’Anthony Melton SG Eric Bledsoe
Desmond Bane SF Paul George
Jaren Jackson Jr. PF Marcus Morris Sr.
Steven Adams C Ivica Zubac

In LA, the Clippers will be without star forward Kawhi Leonard (knee) indefinitely, while center Serge Ibaka (back),and guard Keon Johnson (illness) will both miss their second straight game to start the season. Nicolas Batum (personal) will make his season debut against the Grizzlies.

On the Memphis side, Dillon Brooks is out indefinitely with thigh and hand injures. De’Anthony Melton started in place of Brooks in Memphis’ season opener, and is expected to do so again on Saturday.

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