The Los Angeles Lakers will be without LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (calf) for Saturday’s big showdown with the Utah Jazz. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire)
- Injuries have been more devastating than ever during this congested NBA season
- Saturday’s slate of games features a huge Western Conference matchup between the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and conference-leading Utah Jazz
- Read below for projected lineups and the latest injury news for the NBA schedule on April 17th
There are six games on the NBA schedule for April 17th. Among them is a significant Western Conference showdown between the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and the conference-leading Utah Jazz.
Several teams are without key players for Saturday’s games, including LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Lakers and Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls.
NBA Injury News – April 17th
- [8am EST:] The Lakers Davis (calf) has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Jazz. James (ankle) is on track to return to the lineup in three weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports
- [8am EST]: LaVine has entered the league’s health and safety protocols and is expected to miss multiple games, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports
April 17th NBA Projected Starting Lineups
Jazz vs Lakers Projected Lineups
|Mike Conley||PG||Dennis Schroder|
|Joe Ingles||SG||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope|
|Royce O’Neale||SF||Kyle Kuzma|
|Bojan Bogdanovic||PF||Markleff Morris|
|Rudy Gobert||C||Andre Drummond|
X-rays on the ankle of Jazz SG Donovan Mitchell were negative, but he’s listed as day-to-day. Center Derek Favors (knee) is listed as day-to-day. Center Udoka Azubuike (ankle) is out.
Power forward Davis (ankle) and small forwards James (ankle) and Jared Dudley (knee) are out for the Lakers. SG Wesley Matthew (Achilles), PG Dennis Schroder (foot), C Andre Drummond (toe), C Marc Gasol (finger) and SF Kyle Kuzma (calf) are all listed as probable. PF Markleff Morris (ankle) is questionable.
Pistons vs Wizards Projected Lineups
|Cory Joseph||PG||Russell Westbrook|
|Saddiq Bey||SG||Bradley Beal|
|Josh Jackson||SF||Deni Avidja|
|Jerami Grant||PF||Rui Hachimura|
|Mason Plumlee||C||Alex Len|
Pistons point guard Cory Joseph is expected to be out with left ankle soreness. Shooting guard Hamidou Diallo (groin) is listed as day-to-day. SG Rodney McGruder (elbow) and PG Dennis Smith Jr (knee) are out.
Wizards SF Davis Bertans (personal reasons) is listed as day-to-day. Center Thomas Bryant (torn ACL) is out and will undergo surgery on Tuesday.
Cavaliers vs Bulls Projected Lineups
|Darius Garland||PG||Coby White|
|Collin Sexton||SG||Tomas Satoransky|
|Isaac Okoro||SF||Patrick Williams|
|Kevin Love||PF||Daniel Theis|
|Jarrett Allen||C||Nikola Vucevic|
Cavaliers shooting guards Damayean Dotson (knee) and Dylan Windler (knee) are both ruled out for Saturday’s game.
Bulls SG LaVine is expected to miss several games after entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols. SG Tomas Satoransky (back) is listed as day-to-day.
Warriors vs Celtics Projected Lineups
|Stephen Curry||PG||Kemba Walker|
|Kelly Oubre||SG||Jaylen Brown|
|Andrew Wiggins||SF||Marcus Smart|
|Draymond Green||PF||Jayson Tatum|
|Kevon Looney||C||Tristan Thompson|
Warriors SF Kelly Oubre (wrist) is listed as questionable. Power forward Eric Paschall (left hip flexor strain) will be re-evaluated in two weeks afer undergoing a recent MRI. Center James Wiseman (right meniscal tear) and SG Klay Thompson (Achilles) are both out for the season.
Celtics center Robert Williams III (knee) is not expected to play in Saturday’s game. Shooting guard Evan Fournier (COVID-19 protocols) is out.
Grizzlies vs Bucks Projected Lineups
|Ja Morant||PG||Jrue Holiday|
|Dillon Brooks||SG||Bryn Forbes|
|Grayson Allen||SF||Khris Middleton|
|Kyle Anderson||PF||Giannis Antetokounmpo|
|Jonas Valanciunas||C||Brook Lopez|
Grizzlies power forward Brandon Clarke (hip) won’t play Saturday. PF Justise Winslow (quadriceps) and SG De’Anthony Melton (leg) are also out. PG Jaren Jackson Jr (knee) isn’t expected back until the end of April.
Bucks shooting guard Dante DiVincenzo (toe) has been ruled out of Saturday’s game.
Spurs vs Suns Projected Lineups
|Dejounte Murray||PG||Chris Paul|
|Derrick White||SG||Devin Booker|
|DeMar DeRozan||SF||Jae Crowder|
|Keldon Johnson||PF||Mikal Bridges|
|Jakob Poltl||C||Deandre Ayton|
Spurs power forward Trey Lyles is out with an ankle injury.
Suns small forward Abdel Nader (knee) is listed as out for this game.
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.