NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/2

Mar 2nd 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 (calf) — Out

  • Jordan Poole (knee) — Available

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Out

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — Out

  • Marcus Morris (elbow) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Available

  • Tre Jones (foot) — Available

  • Malaki Branham (back) — Available

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Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Jeff Dowtin (G League) — Out

  • Christian Koloko (G League) — Out

  • Dalano Banton (G League) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

All Raptors starters except Poeltl played 33.9 or more minutes with Toronto's rotation nearly complete Tuesday. Poeltl and Gary Trent Jr. played between 26.0 and 28.0 minutes in what could become a new trend. The Raptors are 5-1 and have logged the eighth-best defensive rating (110.6) league-wide with Poeltl starting the previous six games.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Delon Wright, Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Monte Morris (back) — Injured

While opportunities will decline as Porzingis returns, additional on-ball reps remain available sans Morris. Wright posted 9.5% usage and a 9.5% assist rate while averaging 29.4 minutes during the last two games in a highly deferential role for a nominal point guard. Beal logged a 36.6% assist rate as a result, and he's led active Wizards with a 30.7% assist rate in games Morris has missed this season.

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — In

  • Dewayne Dedmon (hip) — Injured

The Mavs allowed the fifth-most points per 100 possessions (120.2) and the most points in the paint per game (63.3) as they defeated only the Spurs during their last six games. Dallas' suspect interior defense could set Embiid up to succeed. Alternatively, Philadelphia might struggle to take advantage, especially if Montrezl Harrell still isn't included in the rotation.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, Reggie Bullock, Dwight Powell

  • Christian Wood — Not on injury report

  • Davis Bertans (calf) — Injured

Doncic has posted a -3.9% usage differential and a -9.6% usage differential when sharing the floor with Irving, which has been for an average of 26.6 minutes through six games. He averaged 2.9 fewer points and 1.9 fewer assists per game during those contests compared to games he's played without Irving this season.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: George Hill, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Myles Turner

  • Tyrese Haliburton (calf) — Out

Haliburton has typically played through questionable tags, but TJ McConnell and Chris Duarte would be the leading candidates to start if Haliburton is ruled out. Nembhard's role would increase most if Duarte gets the nod in that event. Bennedict Mathurin (26.1%), Turner (24.0%), and Nembhard (22.1%) led the Pacers' core rotation players in usage when Haliburton missed ten games in January.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Devonte Graham, Malaki Branham, Keita Bates-Diop, Jeremy Sochan, Zach Collins

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Available

  • Tre Jones (foot) — Available

  • Malaki Branham (back) — Available

  • Romeo Langford (adductor) — Out

  • Isaiah Roby (ankle) — Out

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Injured

Vassell could come off the bench as he plays restricted time following knee surgery and a two-month absence, and his expected return could be offset by Johnson potentially being sidelined by a sprained foot. Sochan has logged 23.1% usage during his last five games and could assume an even more prominent role if Johnson is sidelined while Vassell's minutes are largely staggered from the starting group.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Mason Plumlee

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — Out

  • Marcus Morris (elbow) — Out

George's (27.2%) and Leonard's (26.0%) usage hasn't declined much with Westbrook joining the starting lineup to register a 22.9% clip during the last three games. However, Westbrook has led the team with a 41.8% assist rate as he's assumed a lead facilitating role, causing George and Leonard's assist rates to fall below 18.0% during that span.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Poole, Donte DiVincenzo, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Jordan Poole (knee) — Available

  • Andrew Wiggins (personal) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • Gary Payton II (adductor) — Injured

  • Stephen Curry (leg) — Injured

Golden State's offense is set up well to take advantage of a Clippers defense that has allowed the fourth-most made threes per game (14.3) as they've registered the eighth-worst defensive rating (117.2) across their last 10 contests. In addition, Thompson (11.2), Poole (8.6), and DiVincenzo (7.0) have launched a higher volume of three-point attempts per game since Wiggins joined Curry on the inactive list five contests ago.