NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/4

Feb 4th 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

  • Nikola Jokic (hamstring) — Available

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Stephen Curry (leg) — Available

  • Kyrie Irving (calf) — Out

  • Trae Young (illness) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Available

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (foot) — Out

  • Jalen Brunson (illness) — Available

  • Nikola Vucevic (quad) — In

  • Jalen Green (calf) — Available

  • Spencer Dinwiddie (injury recovery) — Available

  • Klay Thompson (illness) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (ankle) — Available

  • Draymond Green (calf) — Available

  • Russell Westbrook (illness) — Available

  • Victor Oladipo (ankle) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (injury management) — Not on injury report

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Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Corey Kispert, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Bradley Beal (foot) — Out

  • Anthony Gill (health protocols) — Out

Porzingis (+4.8%) and Kuzma (+3.0%) recorded positive usage differentials, while Deni Avdija (+7.4%), Porzingis (+4.5%), and Morris (+3.4%) registered positive assist rate differentials in the seven matches Beal and Rui Hachimura missed earlier in the season.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Edmond Sumner, Seth Curry, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Nic Claxton

  • Kyrie Irving (calf) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Out

  • TJ Warren (shin) — Out

  • David Duke Jr. (G League) — Out

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

Irving didn't appear on the injury report, but it's difficult to imagine him suiting up for the Nets under the current circumstances. Curry (29.1%), Cam Thomas (28.9%), and Sumner (22.6%) have led the Nets in usage with Durant, Irving, and Warren off the court this season.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverley, LeBron James, Rui Hachimura, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Available

  • Russell Westbrook (illness) — Available

  • Austin Reaves (hamstring) — Out

James is 63 points away from setting the all-time scoring record and will be better positioned to ensure he breaks the record at home on TNT next Thursday if he suits up for this nationally televised matchup. Davis averaged 43.5 points in the first two games he played against his former team but has averaged 19.0 points on 25.7% usage while shooting 38.6% from the floor in his last five games against the Pelicans.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Dyson Daniels (ankle) — Injured

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

Ingram has averaged 24.9 points on increased 31.1% usage in nine career games against his former team and played an unrestricted 35.7 minutes Thursday. The Pelicans have registered the lowest offensive rating (105.8) league-wide as they've lost their last ten contests but will face a Lakers team that has allowed the fifth-most points per 100 possessions (117.5) against teams that have posted bottom-ten offensive ratings across the entire season.

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Cam Johnson (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Injured

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Injured

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Injured

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Cory Joseph (back) — Questionable

  • Marvin Bagley (hand) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Saddiq Bey led the Pistons with 24.4% usage as he played 30.0 minutes despite being demoted to the bench Friday. Bey could remain in an expanded sixth-man role if coach Casey continues to utilize a nine-man rotation.

Los Angeles Clippers News

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

  • John Wall (abdominal) — Injured

The Clippers have allowed the tenth-fewest points per 100 possessions (113.4), and the Knicks have scored the sixth-most points per 100 possessions (116.6) this season. The Clippers have posted a 7-12 record and registered the ninth-worst defensive rating (119.3) against teams with top-ten offensive ratings this season.

New York Knicks News

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

  • Jalen Brunson (illness) — Available

  • Ryan Arcidiacano (illness) — Available

  • Mitchell Robinson (thumb) — Injured

Immanuel Quickley started as Brunson's facilitating role was distributed across the lineup Thursday. Randle (36.4%) and Barrett (32.3%) posted elevated usage rates as they were increasingly featured in New York's offensive efforts sans Brunson.

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Gary Payton II (illness) — Available

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Nikola Vucevic (quad) — In

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — In

  • Alex Caruso (foot) — Out

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Williams downplayed the severity of his injury after Thursday's game and said, "as long as I can walk, I'll be out there." Dosunmu would play extended time, and Coby White likely serves as a sixth man if Caruso is ruled out.

Miami Heat News

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

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Out

  • Victor Oladipo (ankle) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (ankle) — Available

  • Jamal Cain (G League) — Out

  • Orlando Robinson (thumb) — Injured

  • Duncan Robinson (finger) — Injured

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Vincent has played through an inflamed ankle during at least the last three matches, and coach Spoelstra likely utilizes an eight-man rotation with Max Strus and Haywood Highsmith playing additional time off the bench. Vincent (+4.6%) and Butler (+3.9%) have registered positive assist rate differentials with Oladipo and Lowry off the court this season.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Available

  • MarJon Beauchamp (knee) — Available

  • Bobby Portis (knee) — Injured

Antetokounmpo has registered increased 42.5% usage during the last four games but will be tested against the Heat. He's averaged just 18.0 points on 27.2% usage in six regular season matchups against Miami during the last three seasons.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Green, Daishen Nix, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Jalen Green (calf) — Available

  • Eric Gordon (knee) — Out

  • Jae'Sean Tate (injury management) — Out

  • Trevor Hudgins (G League) — Available

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Injured

Christopher played 13.5 first-half minutes, and TyTy Washington played 9.7 first-half minutes with Green available and Gordon sidelined for the second game of a back-to-back set on January 26th before the game script was entirely thrown off in a blowout loss. Daishen Nix, Garrison Mathews, Christopher, and Washington will comprise the guard rotation if Green remains out.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (G League) — Out

  • Lu Dort (hamstring) — Injured

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Kenrich Williams scored 13 points on six-for-12 shooting as he played 30.2 minutes off the bench against Houston on Wednesday and has now exceeded 30 minutes in three out of the previous four games. The Thunder have shot 25.3% from three in their two losses against the Rockets this season and will need shooters to step up while Houston likely continues to pack the paint.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell

  • Luka Doncic (heel) — Out

  • Spencer Dinwiddie (injury recovery) — Available

  • Christian Wood (thumb) — Out

  • Davis Bertans (calf) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Injured

Dinwiddie has posted 35.8% usage and a 42.4% assist rate with Doncic and Wood off the court this season. If Dinwiddie is ruled out, Frank Ntilikina, McKinley Wright, and Jaden Hardy should assume lead facilitating responsibilities. Hardaway Jr. (33.5%) and Hardy (30.7%) have led the Mavs in usage with Doncic, Wood, and Dinwiddie off the floor this season.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Stephen Curry (leg) — Available

  • Klay Thompson (illness) — Available

  • Draymond Green (calf) — Available

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • Patrick Baldwin Jr. (illness) — Available

Jonathan Kuminga will continue to play an inflated role if Green remains sidelined. Ty Jerome and Anthony Lamb will likely absorb a majority of Thompson's time if he's ruled out. Curry (+4.5%) and Poole (+2.9%) have recorded the highest usage differentials on the Warriors with Thompson off the floor this season.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Dejounte Murray, AJ Griffin, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • Trae Young (illness) — Out

Collins logged 18.8% usage and a 22.6% defensive rebound rate when Capela was sidelined for 12 of 13 matches between December and January. With Capela unrestricted for the previous six games, Collins has posted 17.3% usage and a 13.4% defensive rebound rate.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

  • Nikola Jokic (hamstring) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (ankle) — Available

  • Bones Hyland (illness) — Available

  • Jack White (adductor) — Out

Zeke Nnaji posted 12.6% usage and an 11.6% rebound rate while starting and averaging 25.4 minutes during the last three contests Jokic missed. Gordon (+3.6%) and Porter Jr. (+2.9%) posted the highest usage differentials on the Nuggets, while Murray logged a +6.9% assist rate differential in the three matches Jokic missed last month with most of Denver's starters available.