Oct 15, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) puts pressure on Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) in the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
- 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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