NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/10

Feb 10th 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 (heel) — Out

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Available

  • Jayson Tatum (illness) — Available

  • Devin Booker (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Keldon Johnson (ankle) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Jordan Clarkson (illness) — Out

  • Jakob Poeltl (trade pending) — Available

  • Tre Jones (foot) — Out

  • Mike Conley (pending trade) — Available

  • Lu Dort (hamstring) — In

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Available

  • Robert Williams (ankle) — In

  • Jeremy Sochan (back) — Out

  • Al Horford (knee) — Out

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San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Blake Wesley, Malaki Branham, Keita Bates-Diop, Isaiah Roby, Zach Collins

  • Keldon Johnson (ankle) — Out

  • Tre Jones (foot) — Out

  • Jeremy Sochan (back) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (adductor) — Out

  • Devonte' Graham (trade pending) — Available

  • Khem Birch (coach's decision) — Out

  • Charles Bassey (G League) — Out

  • Gorgui Dieng (signed) — Available

  • Dominick Barlow (G League) — Available

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

  • Josh Richardson (traded) — Out

Collins posted 18.0% usage, a 16.2% rebound rate, and a 16.1% assist rate while averaging 30.0 minutes during the last four contests Poeltl missed. Malaki Branham should remain in the starting lineup if Jones remains out. Keita Bates-Diop likely continues to start if Langford, Johnson, or Sochan are sidelined.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart, Jalen Duren

  • James Wiseman (trade pending) — Out

  • Nerlens Noel (not with team) — Out

  • Stanley Umude (signed) — TBD

  • Marvin Bagley (hand) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

  • Saddiq Bey (traded) — Out

  • Kevin Knox (traded) — Out

Alec Burks, Isaiah Livers, and Hamidou Diallo should play additional time off the bench with Bey and Knox employed elsewhere. Bey posted the third-highest usage rate (22.5%) on the team as he averaged 30.2 minutes during the last ten games, so additional offensive opportunities will be available across the lineup.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Josh Okogie, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Devin Booker (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • TJ Warren (acquired) — Out

  • Darius Bazley (trade pending) — Out

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Injured

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Injured

Booker played 25.6 minutes Tuesday and could remain similarly restricted, but he should add balance to the lineup and reduce available offensive opportunities in his return. Ish Wainright (32.0), Josh Okogie (32.0), and Landale (19.3) played increased minutes Thursday, but Warren will cut into their time if made available.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Myles Turner

  • Jalen Smith (illness) — Not on injury report

  • George Hill (trade pending) — Out

  • Jordan Nwora (trade pending) — Out

New York Knicks News

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

  • Josh Hart (trade pending) — Out

  • Mitchell Robinson (thumb) — Injured

  • Cam Reddish (traded) — Out

  • Svi Mykhailiuk (traded) — Out

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (traded) — Out

It isn't clear how coach Thibodeau intends to utilize Hart when available. However, he has typically avoided smaller lineups, so Hart figures to cut most directly into Immanuel Quickley, Miles McBride, and Grimes's minutes.

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Available

  • Jalen McDaniels (trade pending) — Available

  • Matisse Thybulle (traded) — Out

Embiid could sit on either side of the upcoming back-to-back set, setting up Montrezl Harrell for an opportunity to start and play an elevated offensive role along with Tyrese Maxey and the remaining starters. Seven of Philadelphia's ten matchups with New York during the last three seasons ended with 210 points or less.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mark Williams

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Reggie Jackson (trade pending) — Unlikely to play

  • Svi Mykhailiuk (trade pending) — Unlikely to play

  • James Bouknight (G League) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre (hand) — Injured

  • Mason Plumlee (traded) — Out

  • Jalen McDaniels (traded) — Out

Williams has logged 17.7% usage and a 16.4% rebound rate this season. He typically served as the backup center for the last six weeks but could split minutes somewhat evenly with Nick Richards.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Derrick White, Sam Hauser, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, Robert Williams

  • Jayson Tatum (illness) — Available

  • Al Horford (knee) — Out

  • Robert Williams (ankle) — In

  • Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) — In

  • Mike Muscala (trade pending) — Active

  • Jaylen Brown (face) — Injured

  • Marcus Smart (ankle) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

  • Justin Jackson (traded) — Out

Malcolm Brogdon (36.2%), White (28.9%), and Payton Pritchard (24.6%) have led the Celtics in usage while posting the highest assist rates on the team with Tatum, Brown, and Smart off the court this season.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Collin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji, Lauri Markkanen, Kelly Olynyk, Walker Kessler

  • Jordan Clarkson (illness) — Out

  • Russell Westbrook (trade pending) — Unlikely to play

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (trade pending) — Out

  • Damian Jones (trade pending) — Out

Sexton has recorded 21.9% usage and a 22.0% assist rate in 29.7 minutes per game without Mike Conley this season. Markkanen (+1.7%) and Clarkson (+1.6%) have logged positive assist rates differentials while their usage remained relatively stable sans Conley.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Jakob Poeltl (trade pending) — Available

  • OG Anunoby (wrist) — Injured

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

If Poeltl is cleared to play, Achiuwa could be demoted to the bench and play reduced time along with Chris Boucher and Thaddeus Young. Poeltl (84.9%) has scored a higher amount of his points in the paint than Achiuwa (64.6%) this season, so additional pick-and-roll actions and a higher volume of outside shots for the remaining starters could be a possibility in that event.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Green, Jae'Sean Tate, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Danny Green (trade pending) — Out

  • Frank Kaminsky (trade pending) — Available but unlikely to play

  • Justin Holiday (trade pending) — Available but unlikely to play

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Injured

  • Eric Gordon (traded) — Out

  • Garrison Mathews (traded) — Out

  • Bruno Fernando (traded) — Out

Nix, Josh Christopher, and TyTy Washington should absorb most of Gordon and Mathews' minutes until Porter Jr. is cleared to return. Tari Eason (27.6%), Green (25.2%), Sengun (25.0%), and Smith Jr. (24.8%) led the Rockets in usage during the two matches Gordon and Porter Jr. missed this season.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Gabe Vincent, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

  • Victor Oladipo (ankle) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (ankle) — Available

  • Udonis Haslem (personal) — Out

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Injured

  • Duncan Robinson (finger) — Injured

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Max Strus has averaged just 20.5 minutes despite coach Spoelstra opting for an eight-man rotation for the last two games, but his, Vincent, and Herro's shooting should factor more against a Rockets team that has allowed the most made threes per game (14.5) this season. Herro scored 41 points and shot 10-for-15 from three in a shorthanded Heat lineup during the first game against the Rockets this season; Strus shot two-for-11 from downtown in that match.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Mike Conley (pending trade) — Available

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Available

  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker (pending trade) — Available

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Alexander-Walker and Conley are expected to be present at shootaround Friday morning. Conley has registered an assist rate 6.9% higher than Russell's 27.4% clip and a usage 6.6% lower than Russell's 22.5% rate this season. As a result, Edwards and Anderson could play diminished facilitating roles while additional shots are available across the lineup after Conley debuts.

Memphis Grizzlies News

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

  • Luke Kennard (acquired) — Unlikely to play

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

  • Danny Green (traded) — Out

Memphis has gone 1-2 against Minnesota this season, and their offensive rating (105.0) during those matches would be the lowest in the league over the entire season. The Grizzlies shot 26.1% from three against a Timberwolves team that has allowed the sixth-highest three-point percentage (36.8%) this season. Bane leads the Grizzlies with 3.1 made threes per game and a 43.5% three-point percentage and could make a difference after being sidelined for the two losses.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Donovan Mitchell (groin) — Not on injury report

  • Darius Garland (thumb) — Not on injury report

  • Ricky Rubio (injury management) — Out

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

Mitchell struggled to find his rhythm offensively in five matches after returning from a strained groin, posting reduced 25.7% usage and a 45.8 eFG%. He's also struggled in the four games he's completed against the Pelicans since they acquired Herb Jones, averaging 20.0 points on 41.3% shooting.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Josh Richardson (pending trade) — Out

  • Dyson Daniels (ankle) — Injured

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

  • Devonte' Graham (traded) — Out

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Lu Dort (hamstring) — In

  • Dario Saric (pending trade) — Out

  • Justin Jackson (pending trade) — Expected to be waived

  • Eugene Omoruyi (G League) — Available

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (G League) — Out

  • Ousmane Dieng (G League) — Out

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

  • Mike Muscala (traded) — Out

  • Darius Bazley (traded) — Out

Dort's potential return is vital ahead of a matchup with a Trail Blazers team that generates much of its offense through its starting guards. Kenrich Williams (+2.1%), Gilgeous-Alexander (+1.8%), and Giddey (+1.6%) have posted positive usage differentials in Dort's absence.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Cam Reddish, Jerami Grant, Drew Eubanks

  • Cam Reddish (trade pending) — Available

  • Matisse Thybulle (trade pending) — Out

  • Keon Johnson (ankle) — Available

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (trade pending) — Available

  • Kevin Knox (trade pending) — Out

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (traded) — Out

Little contributed eight points, three rebounds, and two assists on three-for-six shooting in 29.5 minutes in his lone start this season. Shaedon Sharpe could play a significant sixth-man role If Reddish and Thybulle aren't available to debut.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, Reggie Bullock, Dwight Powell

  • Luka Doncic (heel) — Out

  • Davis Bertans (calf) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Injured

Doncic could return to assume slightly reduced offensive responsibilities due to sharing the floor with Irving, though their minutes will likely be staggered. Bullock, Hardaway Jr., and Josh Green will play diminished offensive roles if Doncic is cleared to play.

Sacramento Kings News

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

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (trade pending) — Unlikely to play

  • Joe Ingles (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Bobby Portis (knee) — Injured

Antetokounmpo finished with 54 points and 19 rebounds on 21-for-39 from the field and 10-for-15 from the line in Milwaukee's 106-105 home win over the Clippers last Thursday. Holiday struggled to find his shot in that match, scoring 12 points on four-for-15 shooting.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Terance Mann, Paul George, Brandon Boston, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (injury management) — Out

  • Eric Gordon (trade pending) — Unlikely to play

  • Mason Plumlee (trade pending) — Unlikely to play

  • Bones Hyland (trade pending) — Unlikely to play

  • Luke Kennard (traded) — Out

  • Reggie Jackson (traded) — Out

  • John Wall (traded) — Out

  • Nicolas Batum (back) — Available

George (39.7%), Norman Powell (28.8%), and Morris (25.4%) have posted increased usage rates, while George (+22.6%), Mann (+6.9%), and Powell (+6.7%) have logged the highest assist rate differentials on the team with Leonard, Wall, and Jackson off the court this season.