NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/30

Jan 30th 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

  • Luka Doncic (ankle) — Available

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — In

  • Trae Young (ankle) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Available

  • Josh Hart (hamstring) — In

  • Daniel Gafford (illness) — Out

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Orlando Magic News

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

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Injured

The 76ers have posted the third-highest offensive rating (123.2) in the league as they've gone 9-1 in their last ten games, and Philadelphia's season-long offensive rating (116.6) ranks fifth league-wide. Despite a 5-11 record against teams with top-ten offensive ratings, the Magic have limited those opponents to the fifth-fewest points per 100 possessions (114.3) in what have typically been lower-scoring contests.

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — In

Montrezl Harrell and Paul Reed split center minutes nearly evenly when Embiid missed the first two matchups against Orlando earlier in the season, but Harrell's chemistry with Harden has given him the edge over Reed when Embiid has been sidelined lately. In the previous three contests Embiid missed while Harden was available, Harris (+3.4%) and Harden (+2.6%) posted positive usage differentials, while Tyrese Maxey led the team with a +5.0% assist rate differential.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverley, Troy Brown Jr., Rui Hachimura, Thomas Bryant

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Out

  • Lonnie Walker (knee) — Available

  • Austin Reaves (hamstring) — Injured

Schroder, Walker, Rui Hachimura, and Russell Westbrook figure to be central to the Lakers' offensive efforts. In games James and Davis have missed this season, Westbrook (34.5%) and Schroder (16.7%) have posted the highest assist rates on the team.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Out

  • TJ Warren (shin) — Out

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

The Nets played increasingly more through Claxton (who set a career-high with six assists) and Irving in Simmons' absence Saturday. Irving contributed 32 points, six rebounds, and nine assists on 12-for-27 shooting and has now recorded the tenth-highest usage rate (32.1%) in the league since Durant was injured.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Deonte Burton (signed) — TBD

Fox ramped up his aggression in Sacramento's 117-110 road loss to Minnesota on Saturday, scoring 29 points on 10-for-24 from the floor and eight-for-10 from the line. Sabonis scored 23 points on nine-for-13 from the floor and five-for-eight from the line, which tied a career-high for points against a team that employs Rudy Gobert. The Kings shot nine-for-33 (27.3%) from three against a Timberwolves team that struggled to defend those looks, which was the biggest difference in the game.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Taurean Prince (ankle) — Available

  • Matt Ryan (G League) — Available

  • Wendell Moore Jr. (G League) — Available

  • Luka Garza (G League) — Available

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Edwards recorded 34 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists on 14-for-21 shooting in Minnesota's 117-110 home win over Sacramento on Saturday. Russell scored 25 points on the strength of shooting seven-for-nine from three and has now shot 51.1% from downtown in the last 12 games.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green

  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • Moses Moody (G League) — Available

Green posted a 30.1% defensive rebound rate in three recent starts at center. He registered a 17.9% defensive rebound rate starting next to Kevon Looney during his first 40 games.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Corey Kispert, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Daniel Gafford (illness) — Out

  • Anthony Gill (health protocols) — Out

  • Jordan Goodwin (G League) — Out

Porzingis was considered week-to-week last Monday and should face a restriction in his return. Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, and Taj Gibson should primarily lose time, while Kuzma and Beal will be less central to Washington's offensive effort.

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Josh Richardson (knee) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (adductor) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

Jones has struggled with his shot during the last five games, recording reduced 18.4% usage and a lowly 35.6 eFG%. He logged 23.4% usage and a 49.6 eFG% in the first eight games of Vassell's absence.

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Hamidou Diallo (illness) — Out

  • Cory Joseph (back) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (hand) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Flanked by shooting with Killian Hayes coming off the bench, Ivey recorded an elevated 30.2% assist rate during the last two games. Ivey also led the team with 25.5% usage, and four other Pistons logged usage rates of 20.0% or higher in a balanced offensive effort.

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Luka Doncic (ankle) — Available

  • Christian Wood (thumb) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Injured

With Doncic sidelined Saturday, Dinwiddie led the Mavs with 34.4% usage and eight assists as Jaden Hardy played only 5.1 minutes. Josh Green and Reggie Bullock played more significant offensive roles, while Hardaway Jr. and Finney-Smith's remained stable.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • OG Anunoby (wrist) — Injured

  • Dalano Banton (hip) — Questionable

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Achiuwa should continue to start in Anunoby's stead after thriving Saturday, contributing 27 points and 13 rebounds on 11-for-16 shooting in 33.4 minutes. The remaining starters could continue to play additional time in a thinned rotation, but their usage should remain static if Achiuwa continues to play a more prominent offensive role.

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 (32.5%) and Paul (24.1%) have registered heightened usage as they played more central roles during the previous two games. However, Phoenix's offense could be more balanced against a Raptors team that has allowed forwards to make the most threes per game (9.8) this season.

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Trae Young (ankle) — Out

Murray has led the Hawks with a +10.5% assist rate differential with Young sidelined this season. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Hunter, and Collins have concurrently been available for just one of the matches Young has missed thus far, a 114-105 loss to the Bucks earlier in the month. Hunter (24.2%) and Bogdanovic (24.1%) registered heightened usage rates in that contest, while Murray (22.3%) and Collins (15.7%) posted reduced usage rates.

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Available

  • Josh Hart (hamstring) — In

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Out

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured