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NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/19

Jan 19th 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

  • Kyrie Irving (calf) — In

  • Jaylen Brown (adductor) — In

  • Anthony Edwards (hip) — In

  • Chris Paul (hip) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Available

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Available

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Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, Demar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Demar DeRozan (quad) — In

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

The only regular season NBA game previously played in Paris was a push to the expected total of 219. However, the over hit during four of the last five regular-season games played in London, with the exception being when the 2014-2015 Knicks team mustered only 79 points to lose for the 26th time in 27 games.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Available

  • Hamidou Diallo (calf) — Available

  • Cory Joseph (knee) — Out

  • Nerlens Noel (foot) — Available

  • Marvin Bagley (hand) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Hayes' role likely decreases as Bogdanovic rejoins the lineup, but Hayes has logged increased usage (21.9%) and assist rates (33.1%) in the last six games. The French native could be particularly motivated and aggressive playing in front of a Parisian crowd.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green

  • Klay Thompson (injury management)— In

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • Jonathan Kuminga (foot) — Out

  • James Wiseman (ankle) — Out

  • JaMychal Green (leg) — Out

Defensive intensity could be ramped up if the Finals rematch has a playoff atmosphere, and Golden State's offense could reflect that series. Curry (31.8%), Jordan Poole (26.7%), Wiggins (22.0%), and Thompson (21.6%) led the Warriors in usage in the Finals, and Poole averaged just 20.8 minutes per game in the series.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams

  • Jaylen Brown (adductor) — In

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Williams could be nearly past a restriction: he's averaged 28.1 minutes during Brown's absence and averaged 29.6 minutes last season. Derrick White (+4.8%), Tatum (+3.6%), and Smart (+3.0%) have recorded the highest usage differentials on the Celtics in games Brown has missed this season.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Dalano Banton (hip) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

The Raptors could be ill-equipped to take advantage of Minnesota's biggest defensive weakness: they've made the fourth-fewest threes per game (10.8) at the second-lowest percentage (32.9%) this season. Minnesota has allowed the third-most made threes per game (13.6) this season, including 14.7 per game in the seven matches Gobert has missed.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Naz Reid

  • Anthony Edwards (hip) — In

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Out

  • Taurean Prince (ankle) — Available

  • Austin Rivers (knee) — Out

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Russell averaged 10.5 points on 19.2% shooting in two games against Toronto last season. Edwards has averaged 13.8 points on 36.4% shooting in four career games against the Raptors, though he scored 24 points on 25.9% usage and a 64.9 eFG% in his most recent matchup.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Kyrie Irving (calf) — In

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

Simmons has averaged 30.9 minutes in his last four games after exceeding 30 minutes just once in the eight previous matches. He's logged a +16.8% assist rate differential in the two games he's played without Durant and should continue to play an elevated facilitating role despite Irving's expected return.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Damion Lee, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Dario Saric, Deandre Ayton

  • Chris Paul (hip) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — In

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Out

  • Josh Okogie (nose) — Out

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Injured

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Injured

Johnson's 19.5% usage leads Phoenix's forwards, but his minutes will be restricted for several games as he returns from a torn meniscus. Facilitating opportunities will diminish across the lineup if Paul returns. Alternatively, Saben Lee, Duane Washington Jr., and Damion Lee's roles could expand as Bridges, Saric, and Ayton again handle additional facilitating opportunities.

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

Philadelphia ranks 7th in defensive rating (112.0), and Portland ranks 8th in offensive rating (115.9). The 76ers have allowed the third-most points per 100 possessions (124.8) while playing teams with top-ten offensive ratings on the road this season. Conversely, the Trail Blazers have a 2-10 record against teams with top-ten defensive ratings, including 0-5 at home.

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Available

  • Gary Payton II (calf) — Out

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured