May 1st NBA Injury Report and Projected Starting Lineups

Luka Doncic backing down defender

Luka Doncic is expected to be back in the lineup for the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night as they host the Wizards. (Photo by Austin McAfee/Icon Sportswire)

  • Ten games are on the NBA schedule for Saturday, May 1st
  • The Los Angeles Clippers host the Denver Nuggets in a key Western Conference game
  • Get the latest injury reports and projected lineups for all 10 games below

A total of 10 games are on the NBA schedule for Saturday and the marquee matchup has the Denver Nuggets visiting the Los Angeles Clippers at 10pm ET at the Staples Center.

While both teams are almost assured of hosting first-round playoff series in the Western Conference, this game is important for seeding. The Clippers are five-point favorites.

The Clippers (43-21) are in third place in the West and the Nuggets (42-21) right behind in fourth. The Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz are tied for first with 45-18 records.

Here is a rundown of key injuries to be aware of Saturday.

NBA Injury News – May 1st

  • The Mavericks will have Luka Doncic (bruised elbow) back in the lineup when they host the Wizards
  • The Raptors will be without Kyle Lowry (rest) as they visit the Jazz
  • The Hornets have an outside chance of getting star rookie LaMelo Ball (broken wrist) for their game against the Pistons

May 1st Projected NBA Starting Lineups

Pistons vs Hornets Projected Lineups

Killian Hayes PG Devonte Graham
Josh Jackson SG Terry Rozier
Saddiq Bey SF Cody Martin
Sekou Doumbouya PF Miles Bridges
Isaiah Stewart C PJ Washington

The Pistons have a host of players who will not play, led by leading scorer Jerami Grant (right knee soreness), and including Mason Plumlee (rest), Cory Joseph (left ankle inflammation), Wayne Ellington (strained calves) and Hamidou Diallo (right knee soreness).

The Hornets could be getting LaMelo Ball (broken right wrist) and Malik Monk (sprained right ankle) back as both are listed as questionable following lengthy absences. Ball has missed 21 games and Monk has sat out 15.

Warriors vs Rockets Projected Lineups

Stephen Curry PG Armoni Brooks
Juan Toscano-Anderson SG Kevin Porter Jr.
Kent Bazemore SF Jae’Sean Tate
Andrew Wiggins PF Kelly Olynyk
Kevon Looney C Christian Wood

Draymond Green (left trapezius contusion) is questionable for the Warriors as is Kelly Oubre Jr. (left wrist soreness). Eric Paschall (hip), who has missed 14 games, was originally listed as doubtful before being downgraded to out.

For the Rockets, Danuel House (ankle) and Sterling Brown (left knee soreness) are out while Avery Bradley (right leg soreness) is questionable.

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Bulls vs Hawks Projected Lineups

Coby White PG Trae Young
Garrett Temple SG Tony Snell
Patrick Williams SF Solomon Hill
Daniel Theis PF John Collins
Nikola Vucevic C Clint Capela

The Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen (illness) is questionable, and Troy Brown (left ankle sprain) is out.

Bogdan Bogdanovic (sore left hamstring) and Kevin Huerter (shoulder) are questionable for the Hawks.

Heat vs Cavaliers Projected Lineups

Kendrick Nunn PG Collin Sexton
Duncan Robinson SG Issac Okoro
Jimmy Butler SF Cedi Osman
Trevor Ariza PF Kevin Love
Bam Adebayo C Jarrett Allen

Tyler Herro (foot) and Victor Olapido (knee) are not on the road trip for the Heat. Gabe Vincent (knee) is listed as probable.

The Cavaliers’ Darius Garland (sprained left ankle) is questionable after being forced to leave Friday’s loss to the Washington Wizards.

Pelicans vs Timberwolves Projected Lineups

Lonzo Ball PG Ricky Rubio
Eric Bledsoe SG Anthony Edwards
Brandon Ingram SF Josh Okogie
Zion Williamson PF Jaden McDaniels
Willy Hernangomez C Karl-Anthony Towns

The Pelicans’ Steven Adams (sprained toe) will not play.

Jarrett Culver will miss the remainder of the season for the Timberwolves as he is scheduled for right ankle surgery May 7.

Grizzlies vs Magic Projected Lineups

Ja Morant PG Cole Anthony
Desmond Bane SG Gary Harris
Dillon Brooks SF James Ennis III
Kyle Anderson PF Moritz Wagner
Jonas Valanciunas C Wendell Carter Jr.

Grayson Allen (hand) is questionable for the Grizzlies.

For the Magic, Chuma Okeke (sprained left ankle), Michael Carter-Williams (sprained left ankle) and Terrence Ross (back spasms) are all doubtful.

Pacers vs Thunder Projected Lineups

T.J. McConnell PG Theo Maledon
Caris LeVert SG Svi Mykhailiuk
Edmond Sumner SF Darius Bazley
Oshae Brissett PF Aleksej Pokusevski
Doug McDermott C Moses Brown

The Pacers’ JaKarr Sampson (concussion) has been ruled out. Domantas Sabonis (back) is questionable along with Malcolm Brogdon (right hamstring soreness), Goga Bitadze (ankle) and Jeremy Lamb (knee).

Luguentz Dort (right hip strain) will not play for the Thunder.

Wizards vs Mavericks Projected Lineups

Russell Westbrook PG Luka Doncic
Raul Neto SG Josh Richardson
Bradley Beal SF Tim Hardaway Jr.
Rui Hachimura PF Dorian Finney-Smith
Alex Len C Dwight Powell

Luka Doncic (bruised elbow) and Dorian Finney-Smith (lower leg) will return to the lineup for the Mavericks after missing Thursday’s win over the Detroit Pistons. Kristaps Porzingis (knee) and Maxi Kleber (back) are questionable.

Nuggets vs Clippers Projected Lineups

Facundo Campazzo PG Reggie Jackson
PJ Dozier SG Paul George
Michael Porter Jr. SF Terance Mann
Aaron Gordon PF Marcus Morris Jr.
Nikola Jokic C Ivica Zubac

The Nuggets’ Will Barton (hamstring) will sit out and Zeke Nnaji (sprained left ankle) is questionable.

The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (right foot soreness) is questionable. Amir Coffey will be sidelined by NBA health and safety protocols.

Raptors vs Jazz Projected Lineups

Malachi Flynn PG Joe Ingles
Fred VanVleet SG Royce O’Neale
OG Anunoby SF Bojan Bogdanovic
Pascal Siakam PF Georges Niang
Khem Birch C Rudy Gobert

The Raptors’ Fred VanVleet (left hip flexor strain) is expected to play after missing Thursday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. Kyle Lowry (rest) and Gary Trent Jr. (bruised lower leg) are out.

Mike Conley (right hamstring tightness) is questionable for the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell (sprained right ankle) is expected to miss his eighth game in a row.

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John Perrotto

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