NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/11

Feb 11th 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) — In

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Available

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — In

  • Domantas Sabonis (thigh) — Available

  • DeMar DeRozan (hip) — Available

  • Tyler Herro (back) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Mikal Bridges (trade pending) — Available

  • Nic Claxton (hamstring) — Available

  • Jordan Clarkson (illness) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (rib) — Out

  • D'Angelo Russell (acquired) — In

  • Tre Jones (foot) — Not on injury report

  • Jeremy Sochan (back) — Available

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Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Available

Paul Reed was given the backup center minutes Friday, and Tucker could start at the five against a Nets team that utilizes one big man and has posted the lowest rebound rate (47.4%) this season. If Embiid is sidelined, the degree to which the remaining starters and Tyrese Maxey's roles expand hinges on how coach Rivers utilizes Harrell.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton

  • Mikal Bridges (trade pending) — Available

  • Nic Claxton (hamstring) — Available

  • Cam Johnson (trade pending) — Available

  • Seth Curry (adductor) — Injured

Ben Simmons came off the bench to play reserve center minutes and serve as a second-unit facilitator Thursday, leaving Cam Thomas and Dinwiddie to generate much of the offense with the starters. Bridges could emulate the secondary creator role he played when Devin Booker was out for the Suns in January (21.0% usage, 21.2% assist rate) while Dinwiddie serves as the lead facilitator.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Bruce Brown, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Vlatko Cancar, Nikola Jokic

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — Out

  • Aaron Gordon (rib) — Out

  • Thomas Bryant (traded) — Available

  • Zeke Nnaji (shoulder) — Out

Gordon (+8.2%) and Porter Jr. (+2.9%) posted positive usage differentials, while Gordon led the team with a +13.2% assist rate differential with Murray sidelined for the last two games. Caldwell-Pope (+8.9%), Porter Jr. (+6.5%), and Bruce Brown (+5.4%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the Nuggets, while Brown (+15.3%) and Jokic (+7.7%) have logged the highest assist rate differentials on the team with Murray, Gordon, and Bones Hyland off the court this season.

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Reggie Jackson (trade pending) — Out

  • Svi Mykhailiuk (trade pending) — Out

  • Kai Jones (ankle) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre (hand) — Injured

Williams scored 11 points and secured 12 rebounds in 30.8 minutes during his first career start Friday, logging heavy minutes with the starters instead of splitting minutes with Nick Richards more evenly. However, a matchup with the Nuggets will be a test for the rookie big man, and Richards could play additional time if Williams struggles in space against Nikola Jokic.

Miami Heat News

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

  • Tyler Herro (back) — Available

  • Victor Oladipo (ankle) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (ankle) — Available

  • Haywood Highsmith (elbow) — Available

  • Udonis Haslem (not with team) — Out

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Injured

  • Duncan Robinson (finger) — Injured

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Butler, Herro, and Adebayo have alternated recording 30+ point games when they have had the more advantageous matchups during the last three matches. While Herro could continue to shine against a Magic team that has allowed the third-most made threes per game (13.1) this season, it was Butler who stood out against the Magic two weeks ago, finishing with 29 points, six rebounds, and six assists while shooting 10-for-17 from the field and nine-for-12 from the line.

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Gary Harris (adductor) — Available

  • Terrence Ross (not with team) — Out

  • Chuma Okeke (G League) — Out

The Magic had a balanced offensive effort in their 110-105 road loss to the Heat two weeks ago, as three players (Banchero, Wagner, and Cole Anthony) led the team with 19 points. Anthony was given extended run as a sixth man because his shooting was valued against a Heat team that remains vulnerable to shooters, also adding seven rebounds and seven assists in 27.7 minutes. He could be given a similar opportunity, and his chances of doing so are better if Harris remains out.

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Daniel Theis (injury management) — Out

  • George Hill (rest) — Out

  • Jordan Nwora (rest) — Out

The Pacers have been sharp when playing on zero days of rest this season, posting the sixth-highest winning percentage (63.6%) league-wide in those matches. Additionally, their starters will be comparatively better rested after a game where none of them exceeded 26.6 minutes.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Corey Kispert, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Kyle Kuzma (ankle) — Out

  • Monte Morris (back) — Not on injury report

The remaining starters will continue to assume additional responsibilities in Kuzma's absence: Beal and Morris should play expanded facilitating roles, while Porzingis and Beal will likely attempt additional shots. Avdija should remain in the starting lineup after contributing 20 points and 13 rebounds Wednesday, but his eight-for-13 shooting should prove unsustainable.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Malaki Branham, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Zach Collins

  • Keldon Johnson (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Tre Jones (foot) — Not on injury report

  • Jeremy Sochan (back) — Available

  • Romeo Langford (adductor) — Out

  • Doug McDermott (Achilles) — Out

  • Khem Birch (ineligible to play) — Out

  • Charles Bassey (G League) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Saddiq Bey (pending trade) — Out

  • Aaron Holiday (illness) — Available

  • Garrison Mathews (acquired) — Out

  • Bruno Fernando (acquired) — Out

Young has posted double-digit assists in eight of his last ten games, recording an increased 41.8% assist rate during that time. The Spurs have allowed the second-most assists per game (26.5) this season.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Kelly Olynyk, Walker Kessler

  • Jordan Clarkson (illness) — Available

  • Russell Westbrook (not with team) — Out

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (trade pending) — Available

  • Damian Jones (trade pending) — Available

Olynyk and Talen Horton-Tucker played heightened facilitating roles with Clarkson sidelined and Sexton manning the point guard position Friday, leading the team with eight assists. Ochai Agbaji started in Clarkson's stead but played just 18.8 minutes after getting into foul trouble, while Horton-Tucker logged 27.0 minutes and also added nine points and eight rebounds on three-for-11 shooting.

New York Knicks News

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

  • Josh Hart (trade pending) — Available

  • Mitchell Robinson (thumb) — Injured

Hart likely absorbs minutes from primarily Immanuel Quickley, Miles McBride, and Grimes if cleared to debut. Isaiah Hartenstein has played more time than Sims lately, averaging 27.3 minutes during the last six games while registering 9.7% usage and a 17.4% rebound rate.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • DeMar DeRozan (hip) — Available

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (foot) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

DeRozan looked uncomfortable returning from a hip injury during Thursday's game and struggled against Brooklyn's defensive-oriented wings, finishing with 14 points on five-for-13 shooting in 36.0 minutes. Additional rest could help DeRozan correct course, but a matchup with a Cavs team that has registered the best defensive rating (109.0) league-wide will be challenging.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

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

  • Ricky Rubio (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Active

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, D'Angelo Russell, Troy Brown Jr., Rui Hachimura, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — In

  • D'Angelo Russell (acquired) — In

  • Malik Beasley (acquired) — Expected to debut

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (acquired) — Expected to debut

  • Mo Bambo (suspension) — Out

  • Davon Reed (acquired) — TBD

Vanderbilt projects to add additional depth in the frontcourt, cutting into Wenyen Gabriel, Troy Brown Jr., and Hachimura's time. Russell and Beasley will add additional shooting to the guard and wing rotations, decreasing minutes for Schroder, Brown Jr., Austin Reaves, and Lonnie Walker.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • Gary Payton II (pending trade, core) — Unlikely to play

  • Stephen Curry (leg) — Injured

Thompson (30.9%) and Poole (29.7%) posted heightened usage rates with Curry sidelined for the last two games, while Wiggins' 19.3% usage declined slightly. In addition, Poole's assist rate spiked to 38.0% during those contests, while Green's assist rate fell to 18.3%.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, Dwight Powell

  • Luka Doncic (heel) — In

  • Davis Bertans (calf) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Injured

Green, Bullock, and Tim Hardaway Jr.'s offensive roles will diminish most if Doncic is cleared to return, though Irving's facilitating role would also decrease. Christian Wood has remained limited in a three-center rotation since returning from a thumb injury, averaging just 16.0 minutes during the last three games.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Domantas Sabonis (thigh) — Available

  • Malik Monk (ankle) — Out

  • KZ Okpala (knee) — Out

Fox played well in the Kings' 122-114 home loss to the Mavs with Luka Doncic (heel) sidelined Friday, finishing with 33 points, six rebounds, and five assists on 10-for-16 shooting from the field and 12-for-14 from the free throw line. Murray shot four-for-five from three, but the other Kings shot a combined five-for-22 (22.7%) from downtown against a Mavs team that has allowed the fewest made threes per game (11.1) this season.