NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/16

Feb 16th 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Available

  • DeMar DeRozan (quad) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Out

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Available

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Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Available

  • Pat Connaughton (calf) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (conditioning) — Out

  • Bobby Portis (knee) — Injured

Joe Ingles, MarJon Beauchamp, Wesley Matthews, and Sandro Mamukelashvili project to serve as the top reserves, with Ingles being the most likely for an involved offensive role and extended minutes. Antetokounmpo has averaged 14.5 rebounds in six regular-season games against the Bulls during the last two seasons, including a 44-point, 22-rebound performance with Middleton sidelined for their most recent matchup.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Coby White, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • DeMar DeRozan (quad) — Out

  • Alex Caruso (foot) — Out

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (adductor) — Out

  • Goran Dragic (knee) — Out

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Chicago's depth will be tested in ways it hasn't been all season. White should clear 30 minutes again, and Carlik Jones should serve as the second-unit creator if White gets the starting nod. Dalen Terry likely plays more time than Jones, Malcolm Hill, and Marko Simonovic off the bench.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

Porzingis scored a career-high 41 points while starting at center against the Timberwolves in November. He shot six-for-10 from three in that match as Minnesota allowed him space to get shots off cleanly on the perimeter. However, Porzingis starting at the four could alter the dynamic of this matchup, and Minnesota's perimeter defense has improved as they've allowed the third-fewest made threes per game (10.3) during their last ten contests.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Available

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Gobert scored 21 points on nine-for-nine shooting Monday in the second match he and Conley played together this season. His chemistry with Conley paying dividends isn't a new trend: Gobert logged a +2.6% usage differential with Donovan Mitchell off the floor while Conley was on the court during the 2021-2022 season.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Norman Powell (injury management) — Out

Eric Gordon played 21.6 minutes in his Clippers season debut Tuesday, and Bones Hyland played 15.9 minutes in his respective debut. While additional opportunities will be available across the lineup sans Powell, Gordon and Hyland's roles off the bench should increase most sharply.

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Terrence Ross (signed) — Available

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Injured

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Injured

Darius Bazley was a DNP-CD, and TJ Warren played just 7.0 minutes Tuesday. As a result, Okogie led the Suns with 39.4 minutes as he scored 17 or more points for a third straight game. Ayton has averaged 24.9 points on 23.5% usage this month but has typically struggled against the Clippers, averaging 14.4 points on 22.3% usage in five matchups during the last three seasons.