NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/17

Mar 17th 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) — In

  • Stephen Curry (thumb) — Available

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Available

  • Jayson Tatum (hip) — In

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — In

  • Marcus Smart (illness) — In

  • Jerami Grant (quad) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — Available

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (calf) — In

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Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Jalen McDaniels (hip) — Out

Embiid scored 53 points on 20-for-32 shooting with Maxey sidelined during the 76ers' most recent matchup with the Hornets, a 131-113 win in December. Charlotte's interior defense has suffered with Mark Williams (thumb) sidelined for their last three matches, allowing 59.3 points in the paint per game after allowing 55.0 with Williams starting their previous 12 contests.

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Bryce McGowens (G League) — Available

  • Mark Williams (thumb) — Injured

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

Oubre has found his stride post-injury, leading the team with 3.0 made threes per game while recording a 55.8 eFG% as he scored 24 or more points in six out of his seven matches this month. Philadelphia has allowed the sixth-most made threes per game (13.8) in March.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Donte DiVincenzo, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney

  • Stephen Curry (thumb) — Available

  • Draymond Green (suspension) — Out

  • Kevon Looney (back) — Available

  • Ty Jerome (two-way) — Available

  • Anthony Lamb (signed) — Available

  • Andrew Wiggins (personal) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (wrist) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (adductor) — Injured

  • Ryan Rollins (foot) — Injured

Signing Lamb to a standard contract for the rest of the season made him and Jerome eligible to fortify the reserve unit while Kuminga and Looney play extended minutes in Green's absence. DiVincenzo has recorded the highest assist rate differential (+2.4%) on the Warriors with Green off the court this season and should assume increased facilitating responsibilities with Curry and Jerome.

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Jalen Johnson (hamstring) — Out

The Hawks will enter this game with a significant rest advantage, playing a third straight home game and their first match in four days. The Warriors have struggled against well-rested teams this season, posting a 1-3 record against squads with three days of rest and a 2-5 record against teams with two days of rest while playing on the road.

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Kyle Kuzma (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Xavier Cooks (signed) — Out

Kuzma hasn't faced a restriction while dealing with a sore knee and foot lately, so his time shouldn't be expected to be limited as he rejoins the lineup. Deni Avdija, Corey Kispert, and Johnny Davis will play reduced time as the Wizards' offensive effort should again be centered around Kuzma, Beal, and Porzingis following a balanced effort in Tuesday's blowout win.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Lamar Stevens, Evan Mobley

  • Jarrett Allen (eye) — Out

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — Available

  • Naz Reid (calf) — Available

  • Jaylen Nowell (knee) — Out

  • Austin Rivers (back) — Available

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

The Timberwolves scored the second-most points in the paint per game (56.4) during their last 10 contests, but the Bulls allowed the fewest points in the paint per game (37.4) during their last 10 matches.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Patrick Beverley, Alex Caruso, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic

  • Alex Caruso (illness) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Ayo Dosunmu started in Caruso's stead Wednesday but finished with three points and four assists on one-for-five shooting in 27.8 minutes. Coby White was more productive in an expanded sixth-man role, contributing 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists on four-for-seven shooting (four-for-six from three) in 28.3 minutes. White could similarly handle more responsibilities off the bench if Caruso remains sidelined.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Jose Alvarado (leg) — Injured

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • TyTy Washington (G League) — Out

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman

  • Jake LaRavia (back) — Available

  • Vince Williams Jr. (shoulder) — Out

  • Ja Morant (suspension) — Out

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

While San Antonio's defense has quietly improved lately, their interior defense has remained a weakness as they've allowed the sixth-most points in the paint per game (55.6) during their last 10 matches. Tillman (9.7), Bane (9.0), and Jackson Jr. (8.3) have scored the most points in the paint per game on the Grizzlies with Morant unavailable for the last six matches.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Malaki Branham, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Zach Collins

  • Devin Vassell (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Zach Collins (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Jeremy Sochan (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Devonte' Graham (quad) — Out

  • Keita Bates-Diop (Achilles) — Available

  • Doug McDermott (hip) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (injury management) — Out

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Injured

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Injured

Jones came off the bench when the Spurs had most of their lineup healthy for their 128-120 win over the Nuggets last Friday but led the team with eight assists as he played 25.4 minutes. Johnson (25.3%) and Collins (20.3%) have posted the highest assist rates on the team with Branham on the floor while Jones, Graham, and Josh Richardson are off the court this season, potentially positioning them to lead facilitating efforts in the starting unit if Malaki Branham starts.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Jayson Tatum (hip) — In

  • Marcus Smart (illness) — In

  • Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) — Out

  • Payton Pritchard (heel) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (hamstring) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Grant Williams has averaged 31.1 minutes in games Tatum has missed this season and will likely start if Tatum is unavailable. Grant Williams (+6.7%) and Smart (+4.1%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the team, while Brown has registered a +6.0% assist rate differential in games Tatum has missed this season.

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Available

  • Jerami Grant (quad) — Out

  • Nassir Little (illness) — Out

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

While Trendon Watford's size was prioritized when Grant was sidelined against the Knicks, Nassir Little and Shaedon Sharpe could play increased minutes if Grant remains out because their perimeter defense should be valued against a Celtics team that has favored smaller lineups. Lillard (+5.9%), Watford (+5.2%), and Reddish (+4.3%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the team in the three games Grant has missed since Josh Hart was traded.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell

  • Luka Doncic (thigh) — Out

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — In

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (calf) — In

  • Markieff Morris (knee) — Out

  • JaVale McGee (ankle) — Available

Jaden Hardy (30.1%) and Green (23.4%) have posted elevated usage rates during the last three games and could retain featured offensive roles if Irving remains sidelined. In the two games Irving has played for the Mavs without Doncic, Irving (28.5%), Christian Wood (26.5%), and Hardaway Jr. (23.8%) posted increased usage rates, while Irving led the team with a 30.0% assist rate.

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — In

  • Mo Bamba (ankle) — Injured

  • LeBron James (foot) — Injured

The Mavs have allowed the fifth-most points in the paint per game (55.2) and recorded the sixth-lowest rebound rate (47.8%) during their last 15 matches. Vanderbilt led the team with 17 rebounds, and Davis snared 15 boards as he led the team with 30 points on 12-for-20 shooting with James active for Los Angeles' matchup with Dallas at the end of last month.