NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/3

Feb 3rd 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

  • Tyrese Haliburton (knee, elbow) — Available

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (concussion evaluation) — Available

  • Tre Jones (foot) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (injury management) — Out

  • Jabari Smith Jr. (hip) — Available

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Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) — Available

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre (hand) — Injured

Charlotte's defense has performed remarkably better on the second game of a back-to-back set this season. The Hornets have posted the third-best defensive rating (108.7) on zero days of rest and registered the sixth-worst defensive rating (116.3) throughout the entire season.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Jaden Ivey, Alec Burks, Bojan Bogdanovic, Iasaih Stewart, Jalen Duren

  • Hamidou Diallo (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Cory Joseph (back) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (hand) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

The Pistons have a 5-3 record against teams playing on zero days of rest and an 8-36 record against teams with at least one day of rest.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: Davion Mitchell, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • De'Aaron Fox (personal) — Out

Malik Monk averaged 30.2 minutes, and Huerter averaged 20.1 minutes in the last two games as Huerter has begun slumping while Monk broke out of his. Monk (+6.6%), Barnes (+3.4%), and Huerter (+3.4%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the Kings in games Fox has missed this season.

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Tyrese Haliburton (knee, elbow) — Available

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Available

Haliburton returned from a ten-game absence Thursday to play 35.5 minutes, leading the Pacers with 26 points and 12 assists on 11-for-24 shooting as his activity wasn't restricted. He could be motivated to play the second game of the back-to-back set against his former team, but he's shot 29.6% from the floor in two games against Sacramento.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Drew Eubanks

  • Jerami Grant (concussion evaluation) — Available

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (illness) — Out

Grant said he wasn't in concussion protocol following Wednesday's contest. In games Nurkic has missed this season, Grant (+2.6%) and Hart (+2.1%) have recorded the highest usage differentials amongst Portland's starters. Simons (+9.7%) and Lillard (+6.7%) have recorded the highest usage differentials on the Trail Blazers with Grant and Nurkic off the court this season.

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Anthony Gill (health protocols) — Out

The Wizards will have a significant rest advantage. Washington will play their second game in six days, while Portland will play their third match in five days.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Dario Saric, Deandre Ayton

  • Cam Johnson (injury management) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Injured

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Injured

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Injured

Johnson's time was limited as he played in shorter spurts Wednesday, finishing with just 15.3 minutes after exceeding 25.0 minutes in the previous three games. Bridges has continued to play a more prominent offensive role despite Paul returning for the last six games, recording 23.4% usage and a 19.0% assist rate.

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Marcus Smart (ankle) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Malcolm Brogdon has played an expanded sixth-man role with Smart sidelined for the last five contests, registering 19.6% usage and a 21.5% assist rate in 31.8 minutes per game. Tatum (23.6%) and White (21.6%) have posted heightened assist rates in Smart's absence, splitting facilitating responsibilities with Brogdon nearly evenly.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • OG Anunoby (wrist) — Injured

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Houston has scored the fewest points per 100 possessions (109.6) this season and will be without their two leading scorers. However, Toronto has struggled against teams with bottom-ten offensive ratings, posting an 8-9 record and allowing the second-most points per 100 possessions (114.6).

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Jalen Green (calf) — Out

  • Jabari Smith Jr. (hip) — Available

  • Jae'Sean Tate (injury management) — Available

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Injured

Tari Eason will likely get the starting nod if Smith Jr. is ruled out. Gordon (+10.1%), Eason (+5.5%), and Martin (+3.8%) have posted positive usage differentials, while Gordon has led the Rockets with a +7.2% assist rate differential in the three matches Green and Porter Jr. have missed this season.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Mo Bamba

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Jonathan Isaac (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Injured

Cole Anthony averaged 17.0 minutes, and Jalen Suggs averaged 23.3 minutes in the last two games. Suggs could be progressively taking over the sixth-man role as his health improves.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Taurean Prince (ankle) — Available

  • Bryn Forbes (ankle) — Available

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

Naz Reid scored 25 points and secured 13 rebounds on 10-for-22 shooting in 35.3 minutes with Gobert sidelined Wednesday after coach Finch utilized a three-center rotation in the previous three matches Gobert missed. Edwards has scored 25 or more points in seven consecutive games while registering elevated 34.3% usage and could be more aggressive after not being named an All-Star.

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — In

Embiid could be more likely to sit against the Spurs, who have the second-worst record (14-38) in the league and are expected to be without three starters. Harden (27.8%), Montrezl Harrell (24.2%), Tyrese Maxey (24.1%), and Harris (22.3%) led the 76ers in usage in the three games Embiid missed with Harden available in January.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Josh Richardson, Malaki Branham, Keldon Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop, Jakob Poeltl

  • Tre Jones (foot) — Out

  • Jeremy Sochan (back) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (adductor) — Out

  • Blake Wesley (G League) — Available

  • Dominick Barlow (G League) — Available

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

Poeltl (32.4%), Richardson (26.7%), and Johnson (22.9%) led the Spurs in usage after Richardson and Branham started the second half for Jones and Sochan on Wednesday. Branham finished with career-highs of 22 points and five assists on nine-for-13 shooting.

Atlanta Hawks News

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

Young posted a heightened 36.0% usage rate in the three games following the announcement that he wouldn't be an All-Star during the 2020-2021 season. However, Young could find the matchup with the Jazz challenging: Utah has allowed the third-fewest made threes per game (11.4) this season, and Young shot 10-for-28 from the floor at home against the Jazz in November.

Utah Jazz News

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

  • Simone Fontecchio (foot) — Available

Olynyk's time has been restricted since returning, playing 15.0 minutes Saturday and 19.5 minutes Wednesday. As a result, Malik Beasley has played an inflated role off the bench, averaging 28.2 minutes during the previous two matches.