NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/1

Feb 1st 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

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — In

  • Trae Young (ankle) — Available

  • Desmond Bane (knee) — Available

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Available

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — In

  • Robert Williams (ankle) — In

  • Josh Hart (hamstring) — Available

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Orlando Magic News

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

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — In

  • Jonathan Isaac (injury management) — Out

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Injured

Moe Wagner, Mo Bamba, and Bol Bol could all play additional time if Carter Jr. is sidelined by a recurring foot injury, though it isn't clear which of the three would start. Moe Wagner scored 22 points on 27.8% usage against the 76ers on Monday, Bamba averaged 16.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks as he thrived in four starts against Philadelphia last season, and Bol averaged 27.8 minutes per game in the 19 contests he's played without Carter Jr. this season.

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — In

Embiid has played despite a questionable tag for the last three games, including contributing 30 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists on 38.8% usage against Orlando on Monday. Harden and Maxey shot a combined four-for-13 (30.8%) from three in a 119-109 home loss, failing to take advantage of a Magic team that allowed the third-most made threes per game (14.0) in January.

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Available

  • Josh Hart (hamstring) — Available

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Out

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

The Trail Blazers will have an opportunity to swing this matchup with their rebounding and shooting. The Grizzlies have posted the fifth-lowest rebound rate (46.9%) and allowed the third-most made threes per game (14.5) with Steven Adams (knee) sidelined for their last four games.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman

  • Desmond Bane (knee) — Available

  • Danny Green (knee) — Available

  • John Konchar (concussion) — Out

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

Green stated on his podcast that he intends to make his season debut, and his time will likely be carefully managed as he comes off the bench when officially cleared to play. Morant, Brooks, and Jackson Jr. will retain more central offensive roles as Ziaire Williams and Tyus Jones continue to play additional time if Bane remains out.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Out

  • TJ Warren (shin) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (back) — Available

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

Cam Thomas re-entered the rotation to add scoring with Warren and Simmons sidelined for the last two contests, recording 26.8% usage in 17.8 minutes per game. Simmons' perimeter defense will be missed in a matchup against Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and the Celtics.

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Robert Williams (ankle) — In

  • Marcus Smart (ankle) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Robert Williams returning to provide interior defense is critical to the Celtics' matchup with the Nets; Nic Claxton has scored the fifth-most points in the paint per game (16.3) league-wide during Brooklyn's last seven matches. Horford, Grant Williams, and Luke Kornet could again play additional time if Robert Williams remains out.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Isaiah Joe, Jalen Williams, Jaylin Williams

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (G League) — Out

  • Lu Dort (hamstring) — Injured

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

The matchup against a shorthanded Houston team might not be as easy as it appears: the Thunder have scored the fourth-most points in the paint per game (55.6), and the Rockets have allowed the fifth-fewest points in the paint per game (47.7). Oklahoma City shot 22.7% from three as they lost to Houston 118-105 in their first matchup this season, and shooting could again swing the matchup.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Daishen Nix, Eric Gordon, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Jalen Green (calf) — Out

  • Alperen Sengun (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Injured

Sengun should resume acting as an offensive hub in Porter Jr.'s continued absence, and his offensive role could be further heightened sans Green. The Thunder have been vulnerable to opposing centers this season, including when Sengun scored 21 points and secured 19 rebounds on 24.3% usage in his first matchup against Oklahoma City.

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

Wiggins has averaged 20.5 points on 23.1% usage in eight games against his former team. The Timberwolves' perimeter defense improved drastically during their previous ten contests, allowing the second-fewest made threes per game (10.1) and fifth-lowest three-point percentage (33.8%). As a result, Minnesota registered the fourth-best defensive rating (111.2) during that period.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Naz Reid

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Out

  • Taurean Prince (ankle) — Available

  • Bryn Forbes (ankle) — Out

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

Gobert has averaged 14.3 points and 17.7 rebounds during seven matchups against Golden State in the last three seasons, and Kevon Looney started six of those matches. Edwards has averaged 34.0 points while recording elevated 34.3% usage and 25.8% assist rates in the last six games.

Sacramento Kings News

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

The Spurs have registered the worst defensive rating (121.7) league-wide. The Kings have posted a 13-3 record and scored the most points per 100 possessions (125.4) against teams with bottom-ten defensive ratings this season, including scoring 130 points or more in both of their wins against San Antonio earlier in the season.

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Josh Richardson (knee) — Available

  • Romeo Langford (adductor) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

Sochan has continued to look more comfortable, and he's now scored at least 14 points in each of his last seven games. He posted elevated usage (22.5%) and assist rates (14.2%) while scoring 52.4% of his points in the paint during that period. The Kings have remained weak on the interior, allowing the fourth-most points in the paint per game (54.7) during their previous 15 contests.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • OG Anunoby (wrist) — Injured

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

The Raptors struggle in half-court sets at times, but they've found other ways to create offense: they rank first in points off turnovers per game (20.9), second in second-chance points per game (16.8), and third in fast break points per game (17.6). Conversely, Utah ranks 22nd or worse in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.1), second-chance points allowed per game (14.9), and fast break points allowed per game (16.6).

Utah Jazz News

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

  • Simone Fontecchio (foot) — Out

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Trae Young (ankle) — Available

Opportunities should decline across the lineup in Young's expected return. Young averaged 37.0 points and 9.0 assists on 36.3% usage and 54.2% shooting in two matchups against Phoenix last season.

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Injured

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Injured

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Injured