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NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/16

Jan 16th 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Ja Morant (hip) — In

  • Trae Young (shoulder) — Available

  • Anthony Edwards (hip) — Available

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Out

  • Lauri Markkanen (hip) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — In

  • Fred VanVleet (back) — In

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Klay Thompson (injury management)— Out

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Myles Turner (back) — Available

  • Clint Capela (calf) — Available

  • Gordon Hayward (hamstring) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (hip) — In

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Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams

  • Derrick White (neck) — Available

  • Jaylen Brown (adductor) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Malcolm Brogdon scored a season-high 30 points on 11-for-17 shooting after White was injured in the first quarter of Boston's 122-106 road win over the Hornets on Saturday. Brogdon has averaged 25.5 points on 73.1% shooting, and Tatum has recorded 35.7% usage in two games against Charlotte this season.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Jalen McDaniels, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Gordon Hayward (hamstring) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • James Bouknight (G League) — Available

  • Kelly Oubre (hand) — Injured

Ball took on an even more central offensive role as he recorded 39.8% usage and led the Hornets with nine assists in their 122-106 home loss to the Celtics on Saturday. Rozier shot eight-for-17 and was the only other Hornet to log a usage rate above 16.2%. Washington posted a reduced 13.9% usage rate during the last three games.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Andrew Nembhard, Bennedict Mathurin, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Myles Turner

  • Myles Turner (back) — Available

  • Goga Bitadze (illness) — Available

  • Tyrese Haliburton (elbow, knee) — Injured

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

TJ McConnell (+16.8%) and Nembhard (+12.9%) have posted the highest assist rate differentials on the Pacers as they have taken on most of Haliburton's facilitating responsibilities during the last two games. Nembhard has also registered a +5.0% usage differential as his role has expanded the most.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — In

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Out

  • Bobby Portis (quad) — In

  • Joe Ingles (injury management)— Out

  • Serge Ibaka (personal) — Out

Indiana has packed the paint to compensate for the absence of Myles Turner (back) and allowed the fifth-most made threes per game (14.3) during their last three matches.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Dyson Daniels, Naji Marshall, Trey Murphy, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Herb Jones (back) — Out

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Injured

Marshall has scored 16 points or more while logging 22.1% usage and a 52.4 eFG% as New Orleans has needed additional scoring with Williamson and Ingram sidelined during the last six games.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Dean Wade (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

The Cavs have a 5-6 record but have scored the fourth-most points per 100 possessions (115.6) against teams with top-ten defensive ratings. New Orleans ranks eighth in defensive rating (111.9).

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Fred VanVleet (back) — In

  • Dalano Banton (G League) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Coach Nurse likely opts to start Juancho Hernangomez or a center if VanVleet is sidelined, though Malachi Flynn would also play additional minutes in that event. Anunoby leads Raptors' starters with a +3.2% usage differential and a +5.6% assist rate differential in games VanVleet has missed this season.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

Randle has averaged 31.0 points and 12.0 rebounds on 29.4% usage during two matchups against the Raptors in the last four weeks. Brunson scored seven points on three-for-14 shooting as Barrett scored 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting during their first game with Toronto, but Brunson scored 26 points on nine-for-19 shooting with Barrett unavailable during the second matchup

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Klay Thompson (injury management)— Out

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • Jonathan Kuminga (foot) — Injured

  • James Wiseman (ankle) — Injured

  • JaMychal Green (leg) — Injured

Curry has registered a reduced 26.7% usage rate since returning from injury for the last three games. He has recorded a +4.4% usage differential with Thompson off the floor this season.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Corey Kispert, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Out

  • Monte Morris (hamstring) — Available

Though Beal should be limited if cleared to play, there will be reduced opportunities available across the lineup in that event. The Warriors have allowed the second-highest three-point percentage (40.9%) on the road this season.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Gabe Vincent, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

  • Tyler Herro (Achilles) — Not on injury report

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (quad) — In

  • Udonis Haslem (Achilles) — Probable

  • Jamal Cain (G League) — Out

  • Duncan Robinson (finger) — Injured

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Vincent, Butler, and Victor Oladipo's offensive roles should diminish due to Herro rejoining the lineup. However, minutes should remain high across the lineup as coach Spoelstra likely continues to utilize a tighter rotation in Lowry's absence.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Onyeka Okongwu

  • Trae Young (shoulder) — Available

  • Clint Capela (calf) — Available

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (quad) — Game-time decision

Capela should face a restriction if he is cleared to play, but his return could be impactful. The Hawks have allowed the fifth-most points in the paint per game (54.0) and recorded the second-lowest rebound rate (46.6%) with Capela sidelined for 12 of the previous 13 matches.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Walker Kessler

  • Lauri Markkanen (hip) — Out

  • Collin Sexton (injury maintenance) — Not on injury report

  • Rudy Gay (back) — Available

  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) — Injured

Clarkson led with Jazz with 38 points and a 34.1% usage rate with Markkanen, Sexton, and Gay sidelined Saturday. Talen Horton-Tucker scored 20 points on 25.4% usage in 28.4 minutes off the bench, though Gay or Markkanen returning would reduce his role.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Anthony Edwards (hip) — Available

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Taurean Prince (ankle) — Available

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Naz Reid has recorded 26.8% usage and a 15.1% rebound rate in the four starts he's made with Gobert and Towns sidelined this season. Russell logged a -3.3% usage differential during those matches as Reid assumed a more prominent offensive role than Gobert.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Landry Shamet, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Dario Saric, Deandre Ayton

  • Chris Paul (hip) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (hip) — In

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Injured

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Injured

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Shamet (69.0) and Ayton (64.0) led the Suns in touches as they directed more of the offense with Shamet starting at point guard in Paul's stead on January 8th. Ayton also led Phoenix with 67.0 touches and 18 field goal attempts as he was central to their offense in his return Friday.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

  • Ja Morant (hip) — In

  • Dillon Brooks (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • John Konchar (illness) — Out

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Bane (27.6%), Jackson Jr. (23.2%), Brooks (21.7%), and Tyus Jones (21.7%) led the Grizzlies in usage when Morant was sidelined for two games within the last eight days. Bane (31.0%) and Jones (26.1%) posted the highest assist rates among Grizzlies starters.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Out

Although offensive roles were thrown off with Green and Jae'Sean Tate suspended Sunday, Sengun again led the Rockets in assists with Porter Jr. sidelined. Green (32.1%) and Smith Jr. (25.6%) led Houston's starters in usage, and both scored 27 points with Porter Jr. unavailable Friday.

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Troy Brown Jr. (quad) — In

  • Patrick Beverley (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Austin Reaves (hamstring) — Injured

  • Lonnie Walker (knee) — Injured

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Injured

The Lakers boast an 11-4 record against teams with bottom-ten point differentials but are just 4-3 against those teams at home. The Rockets have posted the second-lowest point differential (-8.5) and have a 4-19 record on the road.