NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/21

Mar 21st 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

  • Dejounte Murray (illness) — Out

  • Jarrett Allen (eye) — In

  • Keldon Johnson (neck) — Out

  • Kevin Huerter (knee) — Out

  • Dorian Finney-Smith (wrist) — Available

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Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Corey Kispert, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Kristaps Porzingis (illness) — In

  • Kyle Kuzma (ankle) — Out

The rotation could remain fairly stable as Porzingis returns while Kuzma is sidelined, though Avdija could play additional time in a matchup where his perimeter defense should be valued. Though Beal and Porzingis could be increasingly featured in the offensive effort, Morris' role could expand most: he's recorded +2.7% usage, +3.5% rebound rate, and +3.6% assist rate differentials during games in which Kuzma and Rui Hachimura have both been unavailable this season.

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Jalen Suggs (concussion) — Out

  • Jonathan Isaac (adductor) — Injured

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Rodney McGruder, Marvin Bagley, James Wiseman

  • Jalen Duren (neck) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out

  • Alec Burks (foot) — Out

  • RJ Hampton (back) — Available

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — Injured

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Achilles) — Injured

  • Hamidou Diallo (ankle) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Wiseman has found his stride as he's recorded 23.1% usage, a 19.4% rebound rate, and a 54.3 eFG% during the last six games. He contributed 22 points and 13 rebounds despite Bagley returning for a matchup with the Heat on Sunday. Both big men will continue to log extended minutes with Duren unavailable against a Hawks team that allowed the second-most points in the paint per game (60.8) during their last 10 matches.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • Dejounte Murray (illness) — Out

  • Jalen Johnson (hamstring, groin) — Injured

Bogdan Bogdanovic and AJ Griffin will play increased minutes, and one will likely start if Murray is sidelined. Though Young was also unavailable during one of the five games Murray missed earlier in the season, Bogdanovic (+7.7%) and Hunter (+5.9%) logged the highest usage differentials among current Hawks during those contests. Young recorded a +3.8% assist rate differential in Murray's absence.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Jarrett Allen (eye) — In

Allen fully practiced Monday and could avoid a minute restriction if he feels comfortable in his potential return. Lamar Stevens will be demoted to the bench while Cedi Osman and the reserve big men also play fewer minutes in that event. Compared to their production from the rest of 2023, Caris LeVert (+2.4%) and Garland (+2.1%) have posted positive usage differentials, while Ricky Rubio (+3.8%) and Osman (+3.7%) have logged positive rebound rate differentials during Allen's absence.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Dorian Finney-Smith (wrist) — Available

  • Ben Simmons (knee, back) — Injured

Though Royce O'Neale should start, Joe Harris and Yuta Watanabe will likely absorb most of Finney-Smith's minutes if he's ruled out. In addition, the Nets scored the lowest percentage of their points in the paint (34.0%) league-wide during their last 15 contests. Their perimeter-oriented offense could negate the advantage Cleveland's robust interior defense usually provides.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Malaki Branham, Romeo Langford, Keita Bates-Diop, Sandro Mamukelashvili

  • Zach Collins (rest) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (neck) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (injury management) — Out

  • Jeremy Sochan (knee) — Out

  • Tre Jones (hamstring) — Available

  • Devonte' Graham (quad) — Available

  • Doug McDermott (hip) — Available

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Injured

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Injured

Romeo Langford will project to start if Graham is ruled out, placing even more pressure on Branham and Johnson to generate offense. Johnson (+6.4%), Bates-Diop (+4.9%), and Branham (+3.7%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the team with Collins, Vassell, Sochan, Jones, Jakob Poeltl, and Josh Richardson off the court this season.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Jose Alvarado (leg) — Injured

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Marcus Smart (hip) — Not on injury report

  • Robert Williams (hamstring) — Not on injury report

  • Al Horford (back) — Not on injury report

  • Payton Pritchard (heel) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Though Williams will likely face a minute restriction and could come off the bench, there will be reduced opportunities across the lineup as three starters return. Tatum and Brown should handle fewer facilitating responsibilities; Malcolm Brogdon could play reduced minutes as he and Derrick White are tasked with generating less offense. Grant Williams will be demoted to the bench, and only one of Blake Griffin, Luke Kornet, and Mike Muscala should remain in the rotation.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Kevin Huerter (knee) — Out

Though the Kings will play at home, the schedule isn't working in their favor. Sacramento will play their fifth game in seven days, an outlier scenario. Additionally, their first four contests this week were on the road, and they'll arrive home late following a hard-fought loss in Utah on Monday night.

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

Gilgeous-Alexander has acted as more of a scorer and less of a facilitator since returning from injury. He's posted 33.3% usage and a 19.7% assist rate during his last six matches after logging 31.8% usage and a 25.3% assist rate pre-injury.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Brandon Boston Jr. (tailbone) — Out

  • Norman Powell (shoulder) — Injured

George has played four matches against the Thunder with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort in their starting lineup during the last four seasons. He exceeded 16 points in those contests just once, cumulatively shooting 42.6% from the floor on reduced 25.9% usage.