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NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/7

Nov 7th 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • Joel Embiid (illness) — In

  • LeBron James (foot) — Out

  • Trae Young (shin) — Out

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — In

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Available

  • Bradley Beal (health protocols) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (foot) — Available

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — In

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — In

  • Jalen Green (knee) — Available

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (illness) — Available

  • Kyle Kuzma (shoulder) — Available

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Available

  • Jabari Smith Jr. (illness) — In

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (adductor) — Out

  • Steven Adams (ankle) — Out

  • Lonnie Walker (illness) — Out

  • Reggie Jackson (knee) — In

  • Aaron Nesmith (foot) — Out

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Washington Wizards News

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

  • Kyle Kuzma (shoulder) — Available

  • Bradley Beal (health protocols) — Out

  • Johnny Davis (G-League) — Available

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

Five rotation players cleared 20.0% usage in the first game without Beal on Sunday. Four also reached a 20.0% assist rate in an extremely balanced offensive effort.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Dennis Smith Jr., Kelly Oubre, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Available

  • Cody Martin (quad) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

Smith Jr. started alongside Rozier before getting injured Saturday. His absence helped James Bouknight play 29 minutes and record a 26.3% assist rate, with Rozier's 32.9% usage leading Charlotte as he played more of an off-guard role.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Jabari Smith Jr. (illness) — In

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (illness) — Available

  • Jalen Green (knee) — Available

  • TyTy Washington (knee) — Available

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Out

  • Bruno Fernando (knee) — Injured

Smith Jr.'s expected return should reduce minutes for KJ Martin, Tari Eason, and Usman Garuba.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr., Bol Bol

  • Cole Anthony (oblique) — Injured

  • Moe Wagner (ankle) — Injured

  • Markelle Fultz (toe) — Injured

  • Gary Harris (knee) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (shoulder) — Out

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

The Thunder draw a matchup against a Pistons team that is last in defensive rating, allowing 118.1 points per 100 possessions.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Available

  • Alec Burks (foot) — Injured

  • Marvin Bagley (knee) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Garrett Temple (personal) — Out

  • Kira Lewis (ACL) — Injured

This game will be decided in the paint: the Pelicans are second in the league in scoring in the paint (57.3 points per game), while the Pacers have the stingiest paint defense (41.3 points per game).

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Andrew Nembhard (knee) — Available

  • Aaron Nesmith (foot) — Out

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Out

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Injured

Nesmith's likely absence shortens the wing rotation and should allow Mathurin to receive extended run in what could be his first career start.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Available

  • Duane Washington Jr. (personal) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Payne's absence has caused Booker, Damion Lee, and Landry Shamet to play larger on-ball roles.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Joel Embiid (illness) — In

  • Danuel House (illness) — Out

  • James Harden (foot) — Injured

Tyrese Maxey starred without Embiid and Harden on Friday, recording 35.0% usage and a 30.4% assist rate. Melton's usage (25.9%) and assist rate (42.9%) also jumped sharply as Harris was fifth in both categories.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • Khris Middleton (wrist) — Injured

  • Pat Connaughton (calf) — Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Dejounte Murray, Aaron Holiday, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • Trae Young (shin) — Out

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — Injured

Murray should pace the Hawks in usage and assist rate by a wide margin if Young is ruled out, with Collins' and Hunter's usage also increasing.

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Available

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Available

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — In

  • Anfernee Simons (foot) — Available

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

The average time missed for a player with a calf strain last season was 16 days, according to Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes. Lillard had been out for 12 days.

Miami Heat News

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

  • Jimmy Butler (hip) — Not on injury report

  • Nikola Jovic (nose) — Not on injury report

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Out

  • Udonis Haslem (personal) — Out

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Out

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Out

Herro claimed a team-leading 29.5% usage rate during Butler's two-game absence. Butler could see similar usage in his return if Herro is ruled out, with Adebayo's assist rate sure to decline alongside Butler.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Christian Koloko

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Out

  • Pascal Siakam (adductor) — Injured

Six Raptors claimed at least 20.0% usage in the first game without Siakam. VanVleet led in both usage (26.0%) and assist rate (36.7%).

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (thumb) — Available

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — In

  • Andre Drummond (shoulder) — Out

  • Coby White (quad) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Al Horford (back) — Not on injury report

  • Luke Kornet (personal) — Out

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Santi Aldama, Brandon Clarke

  • Jake LaRavia (hip) — Available

  • Steven Adams (ankle) — Out

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (foot) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Despite employing the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and playing at a pace below 100 possessions per game, no team has allowed more field goals made per game to guards this season than the Celtics.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Cam Reddish, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Jericho Sims

  • Quentin Grimes (foot) — Out

  • Mitchell Robinson (knee) — Injured

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Karl-Anthony Towns

  • Rudy Gobert (health protocols) — Out

Kyle Anderson and Taurean Prince both exceeded 30 minutes in the first game Gobert was forced to miss, claiming most of his time in the process.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

  • Jeff Green (finger) — Available

  • Ish Smith (calf) — Out

  • Zeke Nnaji (ankle) — Out

The Nuggets led the Spurs by 19 points at halftime over the weekend. Nine players shot 50% from the field or better, with Jokic shooting 90% and posting 21 points, six rebounds, and ten assists in 26.6 minutes.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Jordan Hall (foot) — Available

  • Zach Collins (leg) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (toe) — Out

  • Blake Wesley (knee) — Injured

Vassell was on fire in his return to play over the weekend, posting an 82.3% true shooting rate in two games. Coach Popovich limited him to 25.0 minutes per game off of the bench and he could be off of a restriction if he re-joins the starting lineup.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — In

  • Kyrie Irving (suspension) — Out

  • TJ Warren (foot) — Injured

Claxton and Yuta Watanabe have seen the sharpest jumps in playing time during Simmons' absence, respectively averaging 29.8 and 24.4 minutes per game. Claxton can retain extra minutes in Simmons' potential return if their projected starting lineup logs heavy minutes together.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, JaVale McGee

  • Frank Ntilikina (ankle) — Available

  • Davis Bertans (knee) — Injured

Doncic had 41 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists against the Nets earlier in the season; he seemingly had an answer for everything they threw at him.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Stephen Curry (elbow) — Not on injury report

  • Andrew Wiggins (foot) — Not on injury report

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

  • Draymond Green (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

  • Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) — Out

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Kendrick Nunn, Austin Reaves, Troy Brown Jr., Wenyen Gabriel, Anthony Davis

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Available

  • Lonnie Walker (illness) — Out

  • LeBron James (foot) — Out

  • Patrick Beverley (illness) — Out

  • Dennis Schroder (thumb) — Injured

  • Thomas Bryant (thumb) — Injured

On injury report before playing:

LeBron: 9-for-10 AD: 8-for-9

The Lakers' 102.7 offensive rating is currently last in the league.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Malik Beasley Lauri Markkanen, Kelly Olynyk

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (adductor) — Questionable

  • Leandro Bolmaro (conditioning) — Not on injury report

Vanderbilt was key in limiting LeBron James to 36.8% shooting last Friday. Malik Beasley started in Vanderbilt's absence Sunday and received his minutes along with Rudy Gay and Walker Kessler.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Out

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Mitchell's usage and assist rates declined to respective 26.7% and 18.6% rates in his first two full games with Garland. Garland's usage has been similar, at 26.2%, but his 39.6% assist rate vastly exceeded Mitchell's.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Terance Mann, Paul George, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Luke Kennard (chest) — In

  • Reggie Jackson (knee) — In

  • John Wall (injury management) — Out

  • Kawhi Leonard (injury management) — Out

  • Jason Preston (G-League assignment) — TBD

George's 22.4% assist rate would increase as a lead facilitator if Jackson is out. Mann and Norman Powell would need to take additional on-ball responsibilities in that event as well.