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NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/18

Nov 18th 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

  • LeBron James (foot) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — Available

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — Out

  • Bam Adebayo (knee) — Out

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Jarrett Allen (illness) — In

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (back) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — In

  • Tobias Harris (hip) — Out

  • Aaron Gordon (illness) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Available

  • Mitchell Robinson (knee) — Out

  • Marcus Smart (ankle) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) — In

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (knee) — Available

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — In

  • Grayson Allen (ankle) — Available

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Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Haywood Highsmith, Max Strus, Caleb Martin, Nikola Jovic

  • Bam Adebayo (knee) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (knee) — Available

  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) — Out

  • Duncan Robinson (hand) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Out

  • Udonis Haslem (personal) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Out

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Duncan Robinson and Max Strus could both start if Martin is ruled out. Opposing teams are shooting the fourth-best three-point rate (38.5%) against the Wizards this season.

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Jordan Goodwin (knee) — Out

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Available

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

The Cavs have allowed a league-worst 122.0 points per 100 possessions in their last five games.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Lamar Stevens Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Jarrett Allen (illness) — In

  • Dean Wade (knee) — Out

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

The Hornets have scored a league-worst 102.5 points per 100 possessions in the month of November.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Grayson Allen (ankle) — Available

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — Available

  • Pat Connaughton (calf) — Out

  • Wesley Matthews (hamstring) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (wrist) — Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

The 76ers have scored the second-fewest points per 100 possessions since James Harden got injured (105.0). They also have the best defensive rating (100.5 points/100 possessions) in that period of time.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Danuel House, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Tobias Harris (hip) — Out

  • Matisse Thybulle (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Furkan Korkmaz (knee) — Out

  • James Harden (foot) — Injured

The Bucks limited Embiid to 15 points on 6-for-21 shooting on October 20th.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Chuma Okeke, Wendell Carter Jr., Bol Bol

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — In

  • Gary Harris (knee) — Available

  • Paolo Banchero (ankle) — Injured

  • Cole Anthony (oblique) — Injured

  • Moe Wagner (ankle) — Injured

  • Markelle Fultz (toe) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Carter Jr.'s expected return should cause Bol to receive less usage and Mo Bamba to return to the bench.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — In

  • Coby White (quad) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Injured

The Rockets are limiting opposing centers to the third-fewest made field goals and rebounds per game this season.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (back) — Out

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

  • Bruno Fernando (knee) — Injured

Daishen Nix or KJ Martin could start if Porter Jr. is ruled out. The remaining starters would claim additional usage in that event, as well as larger facilitating roles if Martin gets the starting nod.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Tre Mann (back) — Out

  • Darius Bazley (ankle) — Out

  • Isaiah Joe (knee) — Out

  • Ousmane Dieng (G-League) — Out

  • Eugene Omoruyi (G-League) — Out

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, John Konchar, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

  • Desmond Bane (toe) — Injured

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Morant has received 36.9% usage in the two games he has played without Bane thus far.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Aaron Gordon (illness) — Out

  • Ish Smith (calf) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (health protocols) — Out

  • Nikola Jokic (health protocols) — Out

Bones Hyland's 29.6% usage leads the Nuggets. He should shoulder much of the offensive load along with Porter Jr., Brown, and potentially Gordon.

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • JaVale McGee (neck) — Available

  • Reggie Bullock (neck) — Available

  • Maxi Kleber (back) — Out

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) — In

  • Marcus Smart (ankle) — Out

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Derrick White posted 18.9% usage and a 38.5% assist rate while starting for Smart on Wednesday. His minutes could decline with Brogdon expected back but he could play a similar role in the starting lineup if Smart remains out.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — Out

McCollum (27.3%) and Valanciunas (27.1%) have led the Pelicans in usage with Williamson out for the last two games. McCollum's 36.2% assist rate has also been 10.1% higher than his season average.

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Josh Okogie (hamstring) — Available

  • Landry Shamet (concussion) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Devin Booker would play a lesser facilitating role while Cam Payne reverts to his bench role if Paul is able to return.

Utah Jazz News

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

  • Ochai Agbaji (G-League) — Out

  • Rudy Gay (hand) — Injured

New York Knicks News

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

  • Mitchell Robinson (knee) — Out

The Warriors have the worst defensive rating in the league for road games (120.8 points allowed/100 possessions). They have the fourth-best defensive rating at home (106.7).

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Jonathan Kuminga (illness) — Available

  • JaMychal Green (wrist) — Available

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

Mitchell Robinson has been out for seven games and the Knicks have the third-worst defensive rating in the league over each team's last seven games.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Marvin Bagley

  • Cory Joseph (hip) — Available

  • Isaiah Stewart (toe) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Patrick Beverley, Austin Reaves, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker, Anthony Davis

  • Dennis Schroder (thumb) — Not on injury report

  • Thomas Bryant (thumb) — Not on injury report

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • LeBron James (foot) — Out

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (back) — Out

  • Max Christie (health protocols) — Out

Listed "Probable" or "Questionable" before playing:

LeBron: 10-for-11 AD: 12-for-13 James could return for an ideal matchup against the Pistons, who rank 29th in defensive rating, will be on a back-to-back, and just lost their best interior defender to injury. Davis and Russell Westbrook would play lesser offensive roles if James re-joins the lineup.