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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