NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/27

Jan 27th 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • Donovan Mitchell (groin) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — In

  • Desmond Bane (knee) — Out

  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) — Out

  • Myles Turner (ankle) — Available

  • Andrew Nembhard (illness) — Available

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Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • MarJon Beauchamp (knee) — Available

  • AJ Green (ankle) — Out

  • Bobby Portis (knee) — Injured

Middleton has averaged just 15.1 minutes off the bench as he's returned for the last two games, and his ramp-up process could take longer than anticipated. Antetokounmpo hasn't faced a formal restriction while the Bucks have won the previous two matches comfortably, but he ordinarily would have averaged more than 28.7 minutes under normal circumstances.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: TJ McConnell, Chris Duarte, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Myles Turner

  • Myles Turner (ankle) — Available

  • Andrew Nembhard (illness) — Available

  • Aaron Nesmith (wrist) — Available

  • Trevelin Queen (G League) — Available

  • Tyrese Haliburton (elbow, knee) — Injured

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

Chris Duarte will likely start for a third consecutive game while McConnell continues to act as a lead facilitator if Nembhard is ruled out. Isaiah Jackson and Jalen Smith would contend to start if Turner is sidelined, and Jackson started the two most recent games Turner missed. It could be difficult for coach Carlisle to go with an even smaller lineup if Nesmith is ruled out, which could position Oshae Brissett, Terry Taylor, and Smith to man the power forward position.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Ziaire Williams, Brandon Clarke, Jaren Jackson Jr.

  • Desmond Bane (knee) — Out

  • John Konchar (concussion) — Out

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Ziaire Williams would likely get the starting nod and play additional time with Tyus Jones and David Roddy if Bane is ruled out. Brooks has led the Grizzlies with a +3.6% usage differential in games Bane has missed this season.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — In

  • Taurean Prince (ankle) — Out

  • Matt Ryan (G League) — Out

  • Josh Minott (G League) — Available

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

The Timberwolves are one of eight teams with a winning percentage over .500 and have a 10-8 record (5-2 at home) against teams with top-ten defensive ratings. Their offense has been middle of the pack against the best defensive teams, but they have created low-scoring games as their defense has responded well, allowing the third-fewest points per 100 possessions (110.2) during those contests.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Jonathan Isaac (knee) — Out

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Injured

Miami's defense has been exceptionally sharp during their last ten games, allowing the fewest points in the paint per game (42.0) as they've recorded the best defensive rating (108.2) league-wide. Wagner (5.5), Banchero (5.3), Harris (4.0), and Carter Jr. (3.3) have attempted the most threes per game on the Magic this month, and Orlando might need to rely more on perimeter shooting against the Heat.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (back) — In

  • Caleb Martin (quad) — Available

  • Max Strus (shoulder) — Available

  • Haywood Highsmith (shin) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (finger) — Injured

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Lowry's activity has remained restricted since returning from a four-game absence due to knee discomfort, topping seven points just once, never exceeding 30 minutes, and recording 13.5% usage in the previous four matches. Additionally, Lowry logged a reduced 16.3% assist rate in the three games Butler played during that span.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Caris LeVert, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Donovan Mitchell (groin) — Out

  • Kevin Love (back) — Out

  • Ricky Rubio (injury management) — Out

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

Allen has averaged 18.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in four games against Oklahoma City since joining the Cavs, including a 21-point, 11-rebound performance last month. Mitchell was sidelined for that match, and Garland scored 13 points on three-for-nine shooting, while LeVert scored 22 points on nine-for-22 from the field. However, Lu Dort (hamstring) being unavailable for the Thunder could change that dynamic if Mitchell is ruled out for the rematch.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Aaron Wiggins, Jalen Williams, Jaylin Williams

  • Lu Dort (hamstring) — Out

  • Lindy Waters (G League) — Out

  • Eugene Omoruyi (G League) — Out

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Wiggins, Isaiah Joe, and Tre Mann should contend for Dort's minutes, though coach Daigneault could attempt to deploy a larger starting lineup as he did in the first game Dort missed this season. Kenrich Williams would likely start at the four in that arrangement. The Thunder boast a 7-0 record in games Wiggins has started this season.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Dalano Banton (hip) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

The Raptors lead the league with 21.0 points off turnovers per game, and the Warriors have allowed the second-most points off turnovers per game (20.9) this season. Precious Achiuwa was demoted to the bench with all of the starters healthy for Wednesday's game but still scored 19 points on nine-for-12 shooting in 28.2 minutes as coach Nurse tightened the rotation to eight players and found success in a decisive victory over the Kings.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • Moses Moody (G League) — Out

Curry has played the Raptors just three times since their Finals series, averaging 15.3 points on 23.8% from the floor during those games. Poole averaged 38.0 points on 30.4% usage and a 107.7 eFG% in two matchups with Toronto last season, though Curry was sidelined for the second contest.