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NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/16

Nov 16th 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

  • Luka Doncic (rest) — Out

  • Donovan Mitchell (ankle) — In

  • Zion Williamson (ankle, foot) — Out

  • Paolo Banchero (ankle) — Out

  • Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) — Available

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — Out

  • Bam Adebayo (knee) — Out

  • Fred VanVleet (illness) — In

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Aaron Gordon (illness) — Out

  • Gary Trent Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Marcus Smart (ankle) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) — Out

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Grayson Allen (ankle) — Out

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Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) — Available

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Injured

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Rozier (22.4%) and Washington's (14.6%) reduced usage from the last two games with Ball back has closely resembled their full-season output from last year.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Naz Reid (illness) — Not on injury report

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Chuma Okeke, Mo Bamba, Bol Bol

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Paolo Banchero (ankle) — Out

  • Cole Anthony (oblique) — Injured

  • Moe Wagner (ankle) — Injured

  • Markelle Fultz (toe) — Injured

  • Gary Harris (knee) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Bol and Mo Bamba could be forced to play together against the Timberwolves' frontcourt if Carter Jr. and Banchero are both ruled out. Wagner and Suggs' roles should decline if Banchero is able to return.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Aaron Wiggins, Aleksej Pokusevski

  • Tre Mann (back) — Out

  • Darius Bazley (ankle) — Out

  • Ousmane Dieng (G-League) — Out

  • Eugene Omoruyi (G-League) — Out

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Mann only being able to play 3.3 minutes in the last two games has vaulted Gilgeous-Alexander into an even more prominent role. His usage (36.1%) and assist rate (32.0%) from those two games represent at least 4.7% increases from his season-long numbers.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Taj Gibson (neck) — Not on injury report

  • Bradley Beal (conditioning) — Not on injury report

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

A helpful reminder of what key respective usage rates were prior to Beal missing the last five games: Porzingis (25.7%), Beal (25.2%), and Kuzma (23.2%). It was a fairly balanced offensive attack.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, Al Horford

  • Marcus Smart (ankle) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) — Out

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

The Hawks have the second-best defensive rating in the month of November, allowing just 104.8 points per 100 possessions. The Celtics lead NBA with a 120.2 Offensive Rating in November and 118.8 all season.

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — Injured

Collins' 15.6% usage is a career-low by 1.8%. He is finishing only 1.7 possessions per game as the pick-and-roll screener, also a career-low.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Nikola Jovic

  • Bam Adebayo (knee) — Out

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — Available

  • Udonis Haslem (personal) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Out

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Adebayo has led the Heat with a 28.3% usage rate during Herro's absence. Miami has two-way rookie Orlando Robinson or rookie power forward Nikola Jovic available to play center if Adebayo and Dedmon are unavailable.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Dalano Banton, Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, Thaddeus Young

  • Fred VanVleet (illness) — In

  • Gary Trent Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Otto Porter (foot) — Out

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Injured

  • Pascal Siakam (adductor) — Injured

VanVleet or Trent returning would reduce the additional usage that Dalano Banton, Chris Boucher, and Malachi Flynn have taken on during the last two games.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert, Lamar Stevens, Evan Mobley

  • Donovan Mitchell (ankle) — In

  • Dean Wade (knee) — Out

  • Jarrett Allen (illness) — Out

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Garland scored 51 points on 38.2% usage while carrying a 31.6% assist rate with Mitchell out Sunday. Love's usage (18.1%) and defensive rebounding rate (13.0%) declined in his move to the starting lineup.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jevon Carter, MarJon Beauchamp, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — Out

  • Pat Connaughton (calf) — Out

  • Grayson Allen (ankle) — Out

  • Wesley Matthews (hamstring) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (wrist) — Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

Carter and Antetokounmpo's facilitating roles would decline along with usage across the board if Holiday is able to return.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Coby White (quad) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — Out

  • Kira Lewis (ACL) — Injured

McCollum led the Pelicans in both usage (31.3%) and assist rate (42.9%) with Williamson out Tuesday. Jose Alvarado tied for the lead in assist rate while surprisingly finishing second in usage (26.1%).

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 averaged 20.8 points per game last March in a similar role to the one he has claimed this season. He averaged 9.5 points per game on 36.4% shooting in two games against Dallas that month.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Josh Green, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell

  • Luka Doncic (rest) — Out

  • JaVale McGee (neck) — Out

  • Maxi Kleber (back) — Out

  • Davis Bertans (knee) — Injured

Doncic or Dinwiddie's roles would increase sharply if either plays without the other Wednesday. Christian Wood and Tim Hardaway Jr.'s offense would also become more important if either guard rests.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Cam Reddish, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • Mitchell Robinson (knee) — Injured

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Jeff Green, DeAndre Jordan

  • Aaron Gordon (illness) — Out

  • Bones Hyland (conditioning) — Available

  • Ish Smith (calf) — Out

  • Nikola Jokic (health protocols) — Out

The facilitating roles of Murray, Bruce Brown, and potentially Gordon should expand during Jokic's absence. Murray and Porter Jr. figure to lead usage.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Klay Thompson (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Jonathan Kuminga (illness) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

Curry has averaged 20.2 points per game and has shot 35.5% from the field against the Suns in the last four seasons.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Cam Payne, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (concussion) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

The Suns get a chance to attack a Warriors defense that has slipped this season. Golden State has allowed the fourth-most points per game in the league (117.5).