NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/16

Mar 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

  • Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) — Injured

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — Available

  • Jaden Ivey (health protocols) — Available

  • Myles Turner (back) — In

  • Brook Lopez (ankle) — Out

  • Buddy Hield (foot) — In

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Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — Available

  • Zeke Nnaji (shoulder) — Injured

While featuring primarily reserves for their last seven matches, the Pistons allowed the third-fewest made threes per game (10.7) and the fourth-most points in the paint per game (55.1). Jokic (15.7) and Gordon (10.6) have scored the most points in the paint per game on the Nuggets by a wide margin this season.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Rodney McGruder, Eugene Omoruyi, James Wiseman

  • Jaden Ivey (health protocols) — Available

  • Marvin Bagley (ankle) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out

  • Alec Burks (foot) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — Injured

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Achilles) — Injured

  • Hamidou Diallo (ankle) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Though Ivey could face a restriction in his expected return, he will assume a central offensive role on a shorthanded Pistons team, causing Hayes and Cory Joseph's on-ball responsibilities to diminish. In addition, the centers, McGruder, Omoruyi, and RJ Hampton will also likely be asked to generate less offense.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Trey Lyles (suspension) — Available

  • Richaun Holmes (illness) — Out

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Moses Brown (signee) — TBD

  • Ben Simmons (knee, back) — Injured

Dinwiddie has continued to handle more facilitating opportunities: his 44.2% assist rate ranks second in the league among anyone who has played more than three games this month. Due mainly to their ninth-ranked pace (101.38) and 26th-ranked defensive rating (116.0), the Kings have allowed the most assists per game (26.4) league-wide.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Kenrich Williams (wrist) — Injured

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Jalen Williams has continued to excel lately, even when Gilgeous-Alexander has been active. He averaged 24.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in his last three contests with Gilgeous-Alexander, though he shot an unsustainable 77.1% from the field during those contests as he logged 18.2% usage.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Dalano Banton (thumb) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Despite Gary Trent Jr. factoring less as he's averaged 23.3 minutes during the last four games, Siakam has registered reduced 21.6% usage, while Barnes has led the team with a 24.5% rate. Additionally, Siakam has scored 20 points or less in every game this month, and he's logged a -4.0% usage differential when sharing the floor with Poeltl.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Jordan Nwora, Aaron Nesmith, Myles Turner

  • Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) — Injured

  • Myles Turner (back) — In

  • Buddy Hield (foot) — In

  • TJ McConnell (back) — In

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Out

  • Bennedict Mathurin (ankle) — Injured

Haliburton was sidelined by a bruised knee during the last two games and is now dealing with a sprained ankle, which could make him less likely to return than Turner or McConnell. While Nesmith, Jordan Nwora, and Oshae Brissett should play extended time with Mathurin and Duarte sidelined, their minutes will increase more if Haliburton or Hield are ruled out. Isaiah Jackson averaged 27.2 minutes while recording 14.1% usage and a 15.6% defensive rebound rate during the last two games and should continue to start if Turner remains out.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Pat Connaughton, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Brook Lopez (ankle) — Out

  • Grayson Allen (foot) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (calf) — Out

  • Goran Dragic (knee) — Out

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo (not with team) — Out

Bobby Portis should get the starting nod if Lopez is ruled out. With Portis on the court and Lopez off the floor this season, Holiday has posted a -2.9% usage differential, while Middleton (-3.0%), Holiday (-2.6%), and Antetokounmpo (-1.4%) have registered negative rebound rate differentials. Additionally, Holiday has logged a -4.9% usage differential with Portis and Middleton on the court this season.

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Gary Harris (hip) — Available

  • Jonathan Isaac (adductor) — Injured

In the two games Harris missed earlier in the month, Jalen Suggs started and averaged 30.5 minutes, logging 13.7% usage and an 8.0% assist rate. Cole Anthony posted 20.3% usage and a 19.3% assist rate while averaging 28.5 minutes during those contests, playing increased minutes during the second game because the Magic were trailing the Bucks early.

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