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NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/12

Nov 12th 2022

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

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — In

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Out

  • Jaylen Brown (knee) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (groin) — Available

  • Kyle Kuzma (illness) — Available

  • Fred VanVleet (illness) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (adductor) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (ankle) — Available

  • Christian Wood (knee) — In

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) — Out

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Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Edmond Sumner, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton

  • Yuta Watanabe (ankle) — Out

  • Kyrie Irving (suspension) — Out

  • TJ Warren (foot) — Injured

Ben Simmons will continue to back up Claxton at center while serving as a second unit facilitator Saturday. Simmons has recorded a 24.0% assist rate and an 18.4% defensive rebounding rate in the last two games.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Paul George, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (knee) — Injured

The Clippers are the lowest-scoring team thus far (104.7 points per game) and the Nets have the best defensive rating in the league since firing Steve Nash.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Jarred Vanderbilt, Kelly Olynyk

  • Ochai Agbaji (G-League) — Out

The Jazz are making 48.4% of corner threes this season, the best rate in the league.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Kristaps Porzingis (groin) — Available

  • Kyle Kuzma (illness) — In

  • Taj Gibson (neck) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (conditioning) — Out

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

Porzingis' return should reduce the extra usage that Kuzma and Rui Hachimura enjoyed Thursday. Porzingis is set up well against a Jazz team that ranks 29th in both points in the paint allowed and defensive rebounding rate.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, Blake Griffin

  • Jaylen Brown (knee) — Out

  • Al Horford (back) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) — Out

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

The Celtics led by 14 at halftime in their home 128-112 victory over the Pistons on Wednesday. Sam Hauser shot 6-12 from three while Jayson Tatum (31.1%) and Jaylen Brown (30.0%) led the game in usage while shooting over 50% from the floor.

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Marvin Bagley (knee) — Available

  • Alec Burks (conditioning) — Out

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Out

Cunningham shot 1-for-11 from the floor in the Pistons' 16-point loss to the Celtics on Wednesday. Bey scored 18 points, Bogdanovic 17, and Ivey had 19 points, ten rebounds, and six assists to help the game remain competitive.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Otto Porter, Thaddeus Young

  • Fred VanVleet (illness) — Out

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Out

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Injured

  • Pascal Siakam (adductor) — Injured

The Pacers are allowing the highest three-point percentage against them this season (41.1%). Trent Jr. launched 9.0 threes per game when VanVleet was out last season.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • Onyeka Okongwu (personal) — Out

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — Injured

Capela has posted a 26.8% rebounding rate in the last four games, including a 20-rebound performance against the 76ers on Thursday.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Paul Reed (knee) — Available

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Out

  • James Harden (foot) — Injured

Embiid turned in his usual 26 points and 13 rebounds in the 76ers' 104-95 road loss Thursday, but Harris, Maxey, and Melton all shot 33.3% or worse from the field.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Active

  • Bryce McGowens (G-League) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Jalen McDaniels would likely start with Rozier and James Bouknight taking on elevated facilitating roles if Smith Jr. is ruled out. Oubre made seven threes Thursday against a Heat team that has allowed the third-most made threes to opponents this season.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Out

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — Available

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Butler has led the Heat in both usage (26.5%) and assist rate (34.9%) with Herro out for the last two games. Max Strus would return to a bench role and lose time with Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent if Herro can return.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Drew Eubanks

  • Damian Lillard (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Jerami Grant (ankle) — Available

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Out

  • Shaedon Sharpe (finger) — Available

  • Jusuf Nurkic (adductor) — Out

  • Keon Johnson (hip) — Out

  • Gary Payton II (conditioning) — Out

Drew Eubanks and Trendon Watford should claim the center minutes again if Nurkic remains out.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell

  • Christian Wood (knee) — In

  • Davis Bertans (knee) — Injured

Thanks to Doncic, the Mavs lead the league in isolation frequency. Portland has the second-best defense against isolation plays this season.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

  • Bruno Fernando (knee) — Injured

Green has hit his stride in the last four games, shooting 53.8% from the field and scoring 24.5 points per game. He had 19.0 points per game on 36.0% shooting in the first eight games.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Kira Lewis (ACL) — Injured

The Pelicans continue to lead the league at points in the paint (56.0 per game). The Rockets have allowed 52.3 points in the paint per game since Alperen Sengun claimed the starting center role, the sixth-worst effort in the league.