NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/28

Jan 28th 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

  • Nikola Jokic (hamstring) — Available

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — In

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Available

  • Anthony Edwards (wrist) — In

  • Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (hip) — Available

  • OG Anunoby (wrist) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — In

  • Alperen Sengun (illness) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Out

  • Robert Williams (ankle) — Out

  • Michael Porter Jr. (personal) — Available

  • Josh Hart (hamstring) — Out

  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) — Available

  • Marcus Morris (rib) — Out

  • Jeremy Sochan (quad) — In

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Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Nikola Jokic (hamstring) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (hip) — Available

  • Michael Porter Jr. (personal) — Available

  • Bruce Brown (knee) — Available

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (wrist) — Available

  • Jack White (adductor) — Out

Porter Jr. is with the team in Philadelphia and initially wasn't listed on the injury report. Murray could be more likely to suit up than his questionable tag suggests: he played through his hip injury during his last two games, wasn't on the injury report due to the issue Tuesday, sat out Wednesday for knee injury management, and there haven't been any reported setbacks.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — In

  • Jaden Springer (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Furkan Korkmaz (shoulder) — Not on injury report

Montrezl Harrell logged 20.7% usage while averaging 26.9 minutes in the last four matches Embiid missed, but Tucker could be preferred to Harrell at center for defensive reasons if Embiid is ruled out. If that is the case, the remaining starters and Tyrese Maxey will shoulder more of the offense than they typically would with Embiid unavailable.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Jericho Sims

  • Evan Fournier (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Mitchell Robinson (thumb) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Nic Claxton

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Out

  • Seth Curry (knee) — Not on injury report

  • TJ Warren (shin) — Out

  • Edmond Sumner (Achilles) — Available

  • Day'Ron Sharpe (back) — Available

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

Sumner started but played just 12.4 minutes when Simmons was last sidelined less than two weeks ago, but Warren's expected absence could allow Sumner a more significant opportunity if Simmons is ruled out. With Durant and Simmons off the court this season, Irving (+10.3%) and O'Neale (+3.1%) have recorded the highest assist rate differentials on the Nets.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Daishen Nix, Eric Gordon, KJ Martin, Tari Eason, Jabari Smith Jr.

  • Jalen Green (calf) — Out

  • Alperen Sengun (illness) — Out

  • Eric Gordon (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Jae'Sean Tate (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Injured

Sengun could act as even more of an offensive hub against the Pistons. However, Gordon has led the team with a +9.6% usage differential and a +11.9% assist rate differential with Green and Porter Jr. off the court this season. Nix started and led the Rockets with 35.6 minutes but posted two assists and shot zero-for-two from the floor when Green was suspended while Porter Jr. was sidelined less than two weeks ago.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Jaden Ivey, Alec Burks, Saddiq Bey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jalen Duren

  • Cory Joseph (back) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (hand) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Killian Hayes and Isaiah Stewart could have been coming off the bench Thursday because they were returning from injuries, but the Pistons found success with Burks and Bey in the starting lineup in their 130-122 road win over the Nets. Bey led the team with 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting, while Burks finished second on the team with 20 points on reduced 16.4% usage.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Goran Dragic (illness) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Jonathan Isaac (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Injured

Carter Jr. has excelled against his former team, averaging 21.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists on heightened 27.5% usage in six games against the Bulls. He contributed 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists on nine-for-16 shooting with Banchero sidelined during their first matchup this season, a 108-107 road Magic win.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Terance Mann, Luke Kennard, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac

  • Marcus Morris (rib) — Out

  • Robert Covington (personal) — Out

  • Moses Brown (G League) — Available

  • John Wall (abdominal) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • De'Andre Hunter (illness) — Not on injury report

Sacramento Kings News

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

The Kings are catching the Timberwolves for the second leg of a home back-to-back set, but they've failed to exploit rest advantages thus far. Sacramento has a 2-5 record and has allowed the third-most points per 100 possessions (121.7) against teams playing on zero days of rest.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Anthony Edwards (wrist) — In

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — In

  • Taurean Prince (ankle) — Out

  • Matt Ryan (G League) — Out

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Anderson recorded a 27.8% assist rate in the previous seven games after logging a 20.2% clip in the first 17 games he played following Towns' injury.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Corey Kispert, Kyle Kuzma, Daniel Gafford

  • Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) — Out

  • Anthony Gill (health protocols) — Out

  • Monte Morris (hamstring) — Not on injury report

  • Jordan Goodwin (G League) — Out

Deni Avdija (20.8%) and Kispert (19.6%) have registered the highest defensive rebound rates on the Wizards with Porzingis sidelined for the last two contests. Kuzma led the team with 30.2% usage during those matches, while Beal logged heightened 29.6% usage but averaged just 29.9 minutes as his time was still being managed post-injury.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Dyson Daniels (ankle) — Injured

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

Ingram was aggressive but showed rust in his return Wednesday, shooting four-for-18 from the floor, including zero-for-six from three in 25.7 minutes. McCollum (22.6%) and Valanciunas (16.2%) recorded reduced usage rates as they shared the floor with Ingram.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Cam Johnson, Deandre Ayton

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Out

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Injured

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Injured

Ayton rejoined the lineup following a three-game absence due to an illness Thursday and said he still felt sick and dizzy postgame. However, Ayton was very active in his return, finishing with 19 points and 20 rebounds in 31.1 minutes while leading the Suns with 38.0% usage. Phoenix's reserves contributed just 11 points on five-for-20 shooting as their starters shouldered more of the offense with Ayton available.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Keldon Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Jeremy Sochan (quad) — In

  • Josh Richardson (knee) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (adductor) — Out

  • Blake Wesley (G League) — Available

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverley, Troy Brown Jr., LeBron James, Thomas Bryant

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Available

  • Lonnie Walker (knee) — Available

  • Austin Reaves (hamstring) — Injured

Coach Ham said Davis would continue to play limited minutes off the bench for the next "week or so" after Davis returned to contribute 21 points and 12 rebounds in 26.2 minutes during a favorable matchup against the Spurs on Wednesday. Rui Hachimura played 21.5 minutes off the bench and shot four-for-seven in his team debut.

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Robert Williams (ankle) — Out

  • Marcus Smart (ankle) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell

  • Luka Doncic (ankle) — Out

  • Christian Wood (thumb) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Injured

With Wood and Doncic off the court this season, Dinwiddie (35.2%), Jaden Hardy (29.4%), and Hardaway Jr. (27.0%) have led the Mavs in usage, while Dinwiddie has logged an elevated 45.2% assist rate. Hardy scored 25 points off the bench on 32.8% usage with Doncic and Hardaway Jr. sidelined less than two weeks ago but played just 5.2 minutes after Doncic departed Thursday's game early in the first quarter.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Kelly Olynyk, Walker Kessler

  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) — Available

Coach Hardy said Friday that he would likely start Olynyk and Kessler concurrently when Olynyk returns, which would place both Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt into bench roles. Beasley's 19.4% usage as a starter outpaces Olynyk's 17.2% clip, so Markkanen and Clarkson could be asked to shoulder more of the offense in the new arrangement.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Precious Achiuwa

  • OG Anunoby (wrist) — Out

  • Dalano Banton (hip) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Achiuwa, Chris Boucher, Juancho Hernangomez, and Thad Young comprised the reserve unit before Anunoby was injured Friday and stand to absorb most of Anunoby's time if he's ruled out against Portland. VanVleet (+6.0%) and Barnes (+2.4%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the Raptors in games Anunoby has missed this season.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Nassir Little, Jerami Grant, Drew Eubanks

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Out

  • Josh Hart (hamstring) — Out

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Out

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

Drew Eubanks has registered 9.2% usage in starts this season, so additional offensive opportunities would be available if Nurkic is ruled out. Nassir Little started the second half in Hart's stead Wednesday, and Shaedon Sharpe also played additional time following Hart's injury.