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NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/25

Jan 25th 2023

Connor Learn

Each day, this column will provide live updates for all NBA news. Enjoy up-to-the-minute alerts for injuries and lineup confirmations. The Key News to Watch section will highlight notable injuries to monitor for the current NBA slate.

Key NBA News to Watch

  • Nikola Jokic (hamstring) — Out

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — In

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Michael Porter Jr. (personal) — Out

  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) — Out

  • Andrew Nembhard (illness) — Out

  • De'Andre Hunter (illness) — Out

  • Jabari Smith Jr. (ankle) — In

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Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: TJ McConnell, Chris Duarte, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Myles Turner

  • Andrew Nembhard (illness) — Out

  • Aaron Nesmith (wrist) — Available

  • Trevelin Queen (G League) — Available

  • Tyrese Haliburton (elbow, knee) — Injured

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

McConnell was forced into a prominent role with Nembhard and Haliburton sidelined Tuesday, scoring 20 points and dishing out 10 assists on nine-for-14 shooting in 40.5 minutes during Indiana's 116-110 home win over Chicago. Turner led the Pacers with 29.1% usage as he and Bennedict Mathurin stepped up to lead the team with 26 points apiece.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Nic Claxton

  • Day'Ron Sharpe (back) — Out

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

Irving has carried a massive workload during the last three games, averaging 38.7 points while recording 33.1% usage, a 15.4% defensive rebound rate, and a 30.1% assist rate in 39.4 minutes per game.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Available

  • James Harden (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Jaden Springer (illness) — Out

  • Furkan Korkmaz (shoulder) — Out

Montrezl Harrell logged 20.7% usage while averaging 26.9 minutes in the last four matches Embiid was sidelined. In the previous three contests Embiid missed with Harden available, Tobias Harris (+3.4%) and Harden (+2.6%) posted positive usage differentials, while Tyrese Maxey led the team with a +5.0% assist rate differential.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Delon Wright, Bradley Beal, Corey Kispert, Kyle Kuzma, Daniel Gafford

  • Monte Morris (hamstring) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) — Injured

Gafford fouled out in less than 25 minutes for a second straight game Tuesday. Deni Avdija stepped up with Porzingis out, Rui Hachimura no longer a Wizard, and Gafford unable to stay on the floor. He scored 15 points on three-for-five shooting from the field and nine-for-11 from the free throw line, secured 10 rebounds, and played 32.1 minutes despite coming off the bench.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Jabari Smith Jr. (ankle) — In

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Injured

Tari Eason has started in Smith Jr.'s stead and played a similar role, logging 18.4% usage and a 16.1% rebound rate in 26.4 minutes per game. Green has registered 30.0% usage since Porter Jr. was injured, and he's one of 13 starters to log a usage rate of 30.0% or higher during that time.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Bruce Brown, Christian Braun, Vlatko Cancar, Aaron Gordon, Zeke Nnaji

  • Nikola Jokic (hamstring) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — Out

  • Michael Porter Jr. (personal) — Out

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (wrist) — Out

  • Bones Hyland (finger) — Available

  • Jack White (adductor) — Not on injury report

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Serge Ibaka (not with team) — Out

  • MarJon Beauchamp (knee) — Out

  • Sandro Mamukelashvili (G League) — Available

  • Bobby Portis (knee) — Injured

Middleton was limited to 15.3 minutes off the bench in his return from an 18-game absence Monday, and his activity will gradually increase over time. Although Mamukelashvili will likely assume a backup center role in Portis' absence, Brook Lopez and reserve forwards should also play additional time.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Taurean Prince (ankle) — Out

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Gobert should be expected to play despite another questionable tag. He returned Monday with no reported setbacks, contributing 15 points and 16 rebounds in 35.6 minutes before saying he felt good postgame. Minnesota recently gave questionable designations to Edwards, Gobert, and Prince as they have consistently played through various injuries.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Brandon Ingram, Herb Jones, Trey Murphy, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Available

  • Naji Marshall (toe) — Available

  • Dyson Daniels (ankle) — Out

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

Ingram will likely face a stringent minute restriction if cleared to play following a 29-game absence. That would minimize the impact of his potential return, though McCollum and Valanciunas would be asked to generate less offense in that event.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • De'Andre Hunter (illness) — Out

  • Onyeka Okongwu (hamstring) — Available

Capela was pressed into playing 36.0 minutes in Okongwu's absence Monday after his time had been carefully managed while returning from injury. AJ Griffin played 30.7 minutes off the bench in a tight rotation with Hunter also unavailable.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Kenrich Williams

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

The Hawks have allowed the fifth-most points in the paint per game (53.8) this season and could be without De'Andre Hunter (illness). The Thunder have scored the third-most points in the paint per game (55.4) this season and scored 58 points in the restricted area during a 121-114 road win over Atlanta with Hunter sidelined last month.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Brandon Clarke, Jaren Jackson Jr.

  • Ja Morant (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • John Konchar (concussion) — Out

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Tillman started in Adams' stead Monday in a departure from earlier in the season when Brandon Clarke assumed the starting role with Adams sidelined. Clarke and Tillman likely split center minutes fairly evenly if Tillman continues to get the starting nod, though Jackson Jr. could be utilized at the five against a smaller Warriors team.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Draymond Green

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) — Out

  • James Wiseman (ankle) — Available

The Grizzlies boast the best defensive rating (109.9) in the league. The Warriors have a 5-1 record and have scored the sixth-most points per 100 possessions (119.9) when playing teams with top-ten defensive ratings at home this season.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Malik Beasley, Lauri Markkanen, Walker Kessler

  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam

  • OG Anunoby (ankle) — In

  • Dalano Banton (hip) — Out

  • Christian Koloko (G League) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

VanVleet erupted against the Kings last month, contributing 39 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and four steals while leading the Raptors with 35.5% usage in 38.2 minutes. Additionally, his offensive role has expanded during his last four games, leading the team with 24.4% usage and a 34.9% assist rate.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Chimezie Metu (knee) — Available

Murray has logged an 18.4% defensive rebound rate while averaging 9.3 boards and 37.4 minutes during the previous four games. He registered a 10.0% defensive rebound rate while averaging 3.8 boards and 28.6 minutes during his first 40 matches.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Keldon Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Romeo Langford (adductor) — Out

  • Blake Wesley (G League) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

Josh Richardson and Malaki Branham should exceed at least 24 minutes if Langford is ruled out. Sochan has found his touch in the last three games, shooting six-for-seven (85.7%) from three and 10-for-12 (83.3%) from the free throw line. He shot 19.7% from three and 61.9% from the line during his first 38 games.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverley, Troy Brown Jr., LeBron James, Thomas Bryant

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — In

  • Rui Hachimura (coach's decision) — Available

  • Lonnie Walker (knee) — Out

  • Austin Reaves (hamstring) — Injured

Davis will be limited to 20-24 minutes Wednesday barring a setback during pregame warmups. Coach Ham neglected to say if James would play against the Spurs after James carried a significant workload during the first game of a back-to-back set. Davis and Hachimura could effectively assume most of James' workload if he's ruled out, though Schroder and Russell Westbrook would handle additional facilitating responsibilities in that event.