NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/20

Mar 20th 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

  • Luka Doncic (thigh) — Out

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — Available

  • Anthony Edwards (ankle) — Out

  • Lauri Markkanen (back) — Out

  • Jalen Green (thigh) — Available

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (calf) — Available

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — Available

  • Alperen Sengun (illness) — Out

  • Bennedict Mathurin (ankle) — In

  • Kevin Huerter (knee) — Out

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Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Bennedict Mathurin, Aaron Nesmith, Myles Turner

  • Bennedict Mathurin (ankle) — In

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Out

  • Isaiah Jackson (knee) — Available

  • Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) — Injured

Nwora has recorded 20.3% usage, a 28.6% defensive rebound rate, and an 18.4% assist rate while starting the last two games. Duarte has regularly started in Haliburton's absence this season but isn't assured of returning to that role given the success Nwora has enjoyed. Additionally, though Mathurin could face a minute restriction, he could also return to an expanded role: he's led the Pacers with 25.4% usage while averaging 30.4 minutes in games Haliburton has missed this season.

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

  • Mark Williams (thumb) — Injured

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Alex Caruso (foot) — Out

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Available

  • Dalen Terry (G League) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Dosunmu and Patrick Williams will be candidates to start and play more significant roles with Coby White if Caruso, who was sporting a walking boot Saturday, is ruled out. The Bulls have allowed 7.1 fewer points per 100 possessions when Caruso is on the court this season compared to when he's off the floor; his defense will be crucial ahead of a matchup with a 76ers team that has registered the best offensive rating (124.9) league-wide during their last 15 matches.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Danuel House, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid

  • James Harden (injury recovery) — Not on injury report

  • PJ Tucker (ankle) — Out

The Bulls have posted the fifth-best defensive rating (112.6) this season and the second-best defensive rating (110.9) during their last 15 contests. The 76ers have performed subpar against teams with top-ten defensive ratings this season, posting a 10-10 record (5-5 at home) despite scoring the eighth-most points per 100 possessions (115.4) against those opponents.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Taurean Prince, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • Anthony Edwards (ankle) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — Available

  • Naz Reid (calf) — Available

  • Jaylen Nowell (knee) — Available

  • Austin Rivers (back) — Available

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Gobert, Reid, and Rivers shouldn't be considered threats to sit out against the Knicks after remaining on the injury report despite playing both sides of a back-to-back set over the weekend with no reported setbacks. With Edwards sidelined for all but one quarter of those contests, Reid (31.4%), Gobert (23.8%), and McDaniels (19.3%) posted the highest usage rates on the team in an extremely balanced offensive effort.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

Josh Hart retained an expanded sixth-man role despite Brunson returning for Saturday's game, playing 32.0 minutes as he notably tied Brunson for the team lead with five assists. Hart had previously logged a heightened 21.7% assist rate with Brunson sidelined for most of the previous four games and could continue handling more distributing opportunities moving forward.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Donte DiVincenzo, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Kevon Looney (back) — Available

  • Ty Jerome (two-way) — Inactive

  • Patrick Baldwin Jr. (G League) — Out

  • Andrew Wiggins (personal) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (wrist) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (adductor) — Injured

  • Ryan Rollins (foot) — Injured

Given coach Kerr's reluctance to play Curry, Thompson, and Jordan Poole concurrently since Curry returned from injury, Jonathan Kuminga will likely get the starting nod if Looney misses his first game this season. Green (+1.6%) and Curry (+1.3%) have posted the highest rebound rate differentials on the Warriors with Looney off the floor this season and will likely be more active on the boards in that event.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, KJ Martin, Tari Eason, Jabari Smith Jr.

  • Jalen Green (thigh) — Available

  • Alperen Sengun (illness) — Out

  • Jae'Sean Tate (injury management) — Out

Sengun has averaged just 7.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 22.6 minutes in three matchups with Golden State this season, playing fewer minutes for defensive purposes. If that trend continues, Tari Eason could play increased time, closing halves with Smith Jr. manning the center position. Porter Jr.'s offensive role could expand most if Sengun's time is limited: he's posted +3.2% usage and +6.6% assist rate differentials with Sengun off the floor this season.

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Luka Doncic (thigh) — Out

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — Available

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (illness) — Available

  • Markieff Morris (knee) — Out

Green, Jaden Hardy, and McKinley Wright could handle additional on-ball responsibilities, while Hardaway Jr. and Christian Wood's secondary scoring takes on increased importance if Doncic or Irving are ruled out. Alternatively, secondary ball handlers and scorers will be less needed if Doncic and Irving are both available.

Memphis Grizzlies News

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

  • Ja Morant (conditioning) — Out

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (calf) — Available

  • Ziaire Williams (G League) — Out

  • Vince Williams Jr. (shoulder) — Out

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

Santi Aldama should start while David Roddy plays increased minutes off the bench if Jackson Jr. is ruled out. Brooks (29.7%), Bane (29.3%), and Jones (23.4%) have posted elevated usage rates with Morant and Jackson Jr. off the court this season.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Kessler Edwards, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Kevin Huerter (knee) — Out

  • Trey Lyles (shoulder) — Available

Terence Davis led Sacramento's reserves with 29.5 minutes when Huerter and Lyles were sidelined for Saturday's game. Davis averaged 26.9 minutes and 17.0 points on 23.7% usage in the four games Huerter has missed this season. His and Davion Mitchell's additional time seems to be most tied into Huerter's status, while increased minutes for Murray, Kessler Edwards, and Chimezie Metu depend on Lyles.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Talen Horton-Tucker, Ochai Agbaji, Simone Fontecchio, Kelly Olynyk, Walker Kessler

  • Lauri Markkanen (back) — Out

  • Jordan Clarkson (finger) — Out

  • Collin Sexton (hamstring) — Injured

Simone Fontecchio will most likely get the starting nod if Markkanen joins Clarkson on the inactive list. Kris Dunn, Johnny Juzang, and Juan Toscano-Anderson could also play increased time in that event. Horton-Tucker (34.1%), Dunn (27.8%), and Fontecchio (22.7%) have led the Jazz in usage with Markkanen, Clarkson, and Sexton off the court since the All-Star break.