NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/14

Mar 14th 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

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Available

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Available

  • Donovan Mitchell (injury management) — Out

  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) — Available

  • Kyle Kuzma (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Brunson (foot) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — In

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (quad) — Out

  • Franz Wagner (ankle) — In

  • Jaden Ivey (health protocols) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre (back) — Available

  • Marvin Bagley (ankle) — Out

  • Jeremy Sochan (knee) — Available

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Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Caris LeVert, Isaac Okoro, Lamar Stevens, Evan Mobley

  • Jarrett Allen (eye) — Out

  • Donovan Mitchell (injury management) — Out

Garland (+5.7%) and Rubio (+3.2%) posted the highest usage differentials on the team, while Garland (+4.2%) and Stevens (+2.7%) recorded positive rebound rate differentials in Cleveland's 114-108 win over Charlotte with Allen sidelined Sunday. Though Mobley has led the team with a +3.5% rebound rate differential in contests Allen has missed this season and theoretically could have been involved in a higher volume of pick-and-rolls sans Allen, his role remained stable.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Nick Richards

  • Kelly Oubre (back) — Available

  • Mark Williams (thumb) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • James Bouknight (G League) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

Dennis Smith Jr.'s role will likely diminish most with Oubre expected to return from a one-game absence, though the remaining starters will also be tasked with carrying less of the offensive burden. Oubre led the team with 34 points on 12-for-21 shooting against the Cavs with Ball sidelined earlier in the season and could make a difference in the rematch following a six-point home loss.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, RJ Hampton, Rodney McGruder, Eugene Omoruyi, James Wiseman

  • Jaden Ivey (health protocols) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (ankle) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out

  • Alec Burks (foot) — Out

  • Cory Joseph (illness) — Available

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — Injured

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Achilles) — Injured

  • Hamidou Diallo (ankle) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

If Ivey, Bagley, and Burks don't return for the second game of a back-to-back set, the dynamic of Detroit's offense could play out similarly to Monday's blowout win. Hayes again logged double-digit assists as his 11 led the team, while Cory Joseph dished out five in a secondary creating role off the bench. Wiseman, Duren, and Joseph played the most active scoring roles on the team, though each member of Detroit's nine-man rotation attempted at least seven shots in a balanced offensive effort.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Deni Avdija, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Kyle Kuzma (knee) — Out

  • Taj Gibson (illness) — Available

  • Johnny Davis (illness) — Available

Kuzma could be less likely to suit up against a Pistons team playing the second match of a back-to-back set after winning just one of their previous 12 games. Beal (+6.1%), Morris (+2.2%), and Deni Avdija (+1.8%) have logged positive usage differentials, while Morris has posted a +7.3% assist rate differential in the six games Kuzma and Rui Hachimura have both been unavailable this season.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — In

  • Reggie Jackson (oblique) — Available

  • Zeke Nnaji (shoulder) — Injured

While it's unclear if Reggie Jackson or Bruce Brown will start if Murray is ruled out, whoever doesn't get the nod will play a more significant role off the bench as both assume additional responsibilities. Gordon's role could increase most in that event, given that he's recorded +5.2% usage and +7.9% assist rate differentials in games Murray has missed this season.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl

  • Dalano Banton (thumb) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Trent Jr. averaged just 22.7 minutes during the last three games, a trend that started when he logged 23.2 minutes in Toronto's 118-113 road loss to Denver last Monday. No Raptor exceeded 21 points during that game, and each starter except Anunoby logged a usage rate between 20.5% and 25.6%. VanVleet led the team with 14 assists.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Troy Brown Jr., Jarred Vanderbilt, Anthony Davis

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Available

  • Mo Bamba (ankle) — Injured

  • LeBron James (foot) — Injured

Davis recorded a 17.8% usage rate as Russell returned for the previous two matches, a far cry from the 32.6% clip he's logged in games James has missed this season. Though there will be positive regression as Davis will be more involved moving forward, he might not consistently reach 30.0% usage with Russell and Dennis Schroder dictating as much as the offense as they did during the last two contests.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) — Available

  • Jose Alvarado (leg) — Injured

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

Naji Marshall, Josh Richardson, and Dyson Daniels could continue to absorb most of Ingram's minutes if he remains sidelined. Though Murphy scoring 41 points and shooting nine-for-14 from three will prove to be an outlier, Murphy and the rest of the Pelicans will continue to assume additional offensive responsibilities in that event.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Ben Simmons (knee, back) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Jaylin Williams

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Kenrich Williams (wrist) — Injured

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Gilgeous-Alexander has averaged 34.5 points in the six games he's played while returning from an absence this season, never scoring less than 33 points or playing fewer than 34.0 minutes. The Thunder posted a 5-1 record in those matches.

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Franz Wagner (ankle) — In

  • Jonathan Isaac (adductor) — Injured

Jalen Suggs, Caleb Houstan, Bol Bol, and Chuma Okeke could absorb Wagner's minutes if he's ruled out. Coach Mosley opted to close with Suggs after Wagner was injured Saturday. Banchero's offensive role could expand most if Wagner isn't available, as he's posted the highest usage (+3.0%) and assist rate (+4.8%) differentials on the team with Wagner off the court this season.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Devonte' Graham, Devin Vassell, Keita Bates-Diop, Jeremy Sochan, Zach Collins

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Out

  • Jeremy Sochan (knee) — Available

  • Malaki Branham (shoulder) — Out

  • Tre Jones (illness) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (injury management) — Out

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Injured

Vassell was sharp in his first game post-injury, scoring 18 points on eight-for-15 shooting in limited minutes. However, he's struggled since, recording a 37.5 eFG% and reduced 21.7% usage during his next three games. Keita Bates-Diop will likely continue to start as the remaining starters assume additional responsibilities if Johnson or Sochan remain sidelined.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Jevon Carter, Pat Connaughton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Out

  • Grayson Allen (foot) — Out

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

  • Goran Dragic (knee) — Out

Antetokounmpo excelled as he scored 46 points on 19-for-28 shooting in his return from a three-game absence Monday. He's played the Suns twice since Milwaukee defeated them in the Finals, averaging just 18.5 points on reduced 29.0% usage as they effectively forced the ball out of his hands. Middleton notably recorded a 44-point game on 16-for-27 shooting in the match Milwaukee won.

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Torrey Craig (heel) — Available

  • Kevin Durant (ankle) — Injured

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Injured

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • Jalen Brunson (foot) — Out

Despite foul trouble largely not factoring, Robinson averaged 23.9 minutes while registering a 12.9% defensive rebound rate during the last three games. Isaiah Hartenstein averaged 22.6 minutes as he led the team with a 21.7% defensive rebound rate.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Matisse Thybulle, Trendon Watford, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Available

  • Jerami Grant (quad) — Out

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

Cam Reddish will likely start and play a heightened offensive role if Lillard or Grant are ruled out. Reddish (+7.0%), Simons (+5.9%), and Grant (+5.4%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the Trail Blazers, while Grant (+7.8%) and Simons (+7.0%) have posted the highest assist rate differentials on the team with Lillard off the court this season.