NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 3): Joel Embiid Expected to Return, Kristaps Porzingis Out Saturday

Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images. Pictured: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Saturday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.

NBA Injury News

Initial reports had Joel Embiid on track to return to the lineup on Saturday following a three-week absence due to a left knee bone bruise. The Sixers have since listed Embiid as questionable prior to their home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Embiid’s return could come with a minute restriction following the lengthy layoff.

Kristaps Porzingis will rest on the second night of a back-to-back Saturday for right knee injury recovery. In games Porzingis has missed for the Dallas Mavericks this season, Luka Doncic has led the team with a +3.78% Usage Rate while Dwight Powell and James Johnson each averaged an additional three minutes per game.

On the other side of that matchup, Bradley Beal is once again questionable to play. He has missed the previous three games due to a right hip contusion and Jerome Robinson has filled in as a starter in his place.

The Indiana Pacers could be without both Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis Saturday. Brogdon sat out the first leg of their back-to-back set with a hip injury and Sabonis left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

RJ Barrett is questionable on the second night of a back-to-back Saturday due to a sprained ankle that has been bothering him for the last few days. He had played more than 31 minutes in 10 straight Knicks games before the loss on Friday, and there was no report of a minute limitation.

Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real time updates.

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Projected Starting Lineups

Dallas Mavericks vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Boban Marjanovic

Injury news: Kristaps Porzingis (Knee) is out; Maxi Kleber (Leg) is questionable

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Deni Avdija
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Bradley Beal (Hip) is questionable


New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons (8 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: RJ Barrett (Ankle) is probable

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Saben Lee
SG – Josh Jackson
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Nothing new


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET)

Cleveland Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Dean Wade
C – Kevin Love

Injury news: Nothing new

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Victor Oladipo
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Trevor Ariza
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Nothing new


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Ricky Rubio (Back) is questionable

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Joel Embiid (Knee) is questionable


Orlando Magic vs. Utah Jazz (9 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Michael Carter-Williams
SG – Dwayne Bacon
SF – James Ennis
PF – Chuma Okeke
C – Khem Birch

Injury news: Michael Carter-Williams (Illness) and Khem Birch (Illness) are questionable

Jazz Projected Lineup

PG – Donovan Mitchell
SG – Joe Ingles
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic
PF – Royce O’Neale
C – Rudy Gobert

Injury news: Mike Conley (rest) is doubtful


Indiana Pacers vs. San Antonio Spurs (9 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Caris LeVert
SF – Justin Holiday
PF – Doug McDermott
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Malcolm Brogdon (Hip) and Domantas Sabonis (Ankle) are questionable

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Derrick White
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Nothing new


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Donte DiVincenzo
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Brook Lopez

Injury news: Nothing new

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Tyrese Haliburton
SF – Buddy Hield
PF – Harrison Barnes
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Nothing new


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Svi Mykhailiuk
SF – Aleksej Pokusevski
PF – Isaiah Roby
C – Moses Brown

Injury news: Nothing new

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Nothing new


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