NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/26

Mar 26th 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

  • LeBron James (foot) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Available

  • Jayson Tatum (hip) — Out

  • Anthony Edwards (ankle) — In

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — In

  • Terry Rozier (foot) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Out

  • D'Angelo Russell (hip) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre (shoulder) — Out

  • Scottie Barnes (wrist) — In

  • Franz Wagner (ankle) — Available

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Available

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Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (illness) — Available

Though Christian Wood and Jaden Hardy should be charged with generating less offense in Hardaway Jr.'s expected return, Dallas' offense remains centered around Doncic and Irving when both players are active. Doncic led the team with 34 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and 39.3% usage, while Irving contributed 18 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists on 23.8% usage in Dallas' 117-109 home loss to Charlotte on Friday.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Smith Jr., Svi Mykhailiuk, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mark Williams

  • Terry Rozier (foot) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre (shoulder) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

Smith Jr. and Hayward led the Hornets with nine assists apiece with Rozier and Oubre sidelined for Charlotte's 117-109 road win over Dallas on Friday. Washington led the team with 28 points on 11-for-22 shooting, and Hayward scored 25 points, shooting nine-for-15 from the field and six-for-six from the line. Though Washington and Hayward's scoring responsibilities will diminish if Oubre returns, Smith Jr. and Hayward would still lead the facilitating efforts with Rozier unlikely to play.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • DeMar DeRozan (quad) — In

  • Alex Caruso (foot) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

DeRozan, a Compton native, has averaged 36.5 points while shooting 69.2% from the field during two road games in Los Angeles since joining the Bulls. Additionally, DeRozan has succeeded in the past against Jarred Vanderbilt, who will likely act as his lead defender. He averaged 32.0 points on 56.3% shooting during the three games he's played with Vanderbilt in the opposing starting lineup.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Austin Reaves, Troy Brown Jr., Jarred Vanderbilt, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (foot) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Available

  • D'Angelo Russell (hip) — Out

  • Mo Bamba (ankle) — Injured

If Russell is ruled out, Dennis Schroder will continue to start, and Lonnie Walker should remain in the rotation after scoring 20 points on seven-for-12 shooting in 23.7 minutes Friday. Davis led the team with 37 points and 30.2% usage in that match, while Reaves led the team with nine assists.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman

  • Vince Williams Jr. (shoulder) — Out

  • Ziaire Williams (foot, ankle) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Available

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — Available

  • Jalen Johnson (hamstring, groin) — Injured

The Hawks have been one of the worst teams in the league when playing on zero days of rest this season, posting a 2-9 record and scoring the fourth-fewest points per 100 possessions (110.4) during those contests. When Hunter was ruled out Saturday, Bogdan Bogdanovic started and absorbed Hunter's time with AJ Griffin, Saddiq Bey, and Garrison Mathews.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Malaki Branham, Devin Vassell, Keita Bates-Diop, Zach Collins

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Out

  • Zach Collins (biceps) — Not on injury report

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

  • Jeremy Sochan (knee) — Out

  • Malaki Branham (back) — Available

  • Romeo Langford (injury management) — Available

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Injured

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Injured

Keita Bates-Diop will start if Johnson or Branham are ruled out. Devonte' Graham and Langford could be candidates to also start if both are sidelined. Though Collins, Jones, and Vassell will become increasingly central to the offensive effort if Johnson is unavailable, Graham (+4.6%), Doug McDermott (+4.4%), and Branham (+3.7%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the team with Johnson, Sochan, and Josh Richardson off the floor this season.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Sam Hauser, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford

  • Jayson Tatum (hip) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (back) — Not on injury report

  • Payton Pritchard (heel) — Out

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Tatum is on the injury report due to a hip contusion suffered 11 days ago, and there is no harm in him sitting out against the Spurs at this point in the season. Grant Williams and Sam Hauser will likely absorb most of Tatum's minutes if he's sidelined. Williams (+6.4%), Smart (+4.2%), and Horford (+2.5%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the Celtics, while Brown has logged a +5.6% assist rate differential in games Tatum has missed this season.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Jae'Sean Tate (knee) — Out

  • Frank Kaminsky (migraine) — Not on injury report

  • TyTy Washington (G League) — Out

  • DJ Augustin (signed) — TBD

Porter Jr. has been facilitating more of the offense lately, recording an elevated 29.4% assist rate during the last 10 games. Conversely, Sengun (15.9%) and Green (12.5%) registered diminished assist rates in that span.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

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

  • Raul Neto (hamstring) — Out

  • Danny Green (illness) — Out

  • Dean Wade (illness) — Out

Mitchell has logged a 10.3% assist rate during his last five games, never dishing out more than three assists, after recording a 22.0% rate in his first 58 games. This can be partially attributed to Caris LeVert and Ricky Rubio logging increased minutes as coach Bickerstaff has been more willing to deploy smaller lineups: LeVert averaged 26.8 minutes, and Rubio averaged 19.5 despite Allen returning for the last two matches.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Royce O'Neale (knee) — Out

  • Seth Curry (personal) — Out

  • Edmond Sumner (hip) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Franz Wagner (ankle) — Available

  • Jalen Suggs (concussion) — Available

  • Jonathan Isaac (adductor) — Injured

Wagner notably played the next match the last two times a sprained ankle prevented him from returning to a game. However, if Wagner or Suggs are ruled out, Fultz, Banchero, and Cole Anthony will continue to handle additional on-ball responsibilities. Banchero's +2.6% usage and +4.6% assist rate differentials with Wagner off the court this season are the highest on the team.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Delon Wright, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Bradley Beal (knee) — Out

  • Kyle Kuzma (ankle) — Out

  • Monte Morris (groin) — Out

Avdija posted +6.4% usage and +10.2% assist rate differentials, while Porzingis recorded +5.6% usage and +7.6% assist rate differentials with Beal and Kuzma sidelined during the last two games. Delon Wright should get the starting nod, and Jordan Goodwin will be more likely to retain an expanded sixth-man role if Morris is ruled out.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Scottie Barnes (wrist) — In

  • Gary Trent Jr. (elbow) — Out

  • Precious Achiuwa (hamstring) — Available

  • Dalano Banton (thumb) — Out

  • Joe Wieskamp (hamstring) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

The Raptors could remain shorthanded: Barnes was seen sporting a brace on his wrist Thursday, and Trent Jr. didn't complete Tuesday's practice or participate in Thursday's. Chris Boucher recorded 19.1% usage and a 17.3% rebound rate while averaging 28.4 minutes in the last two contests. VanVleet's role expanded most among the starters during those matches, posting +7.0% usage and +3.1% assist rate differentials.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Lindy Waters III (foot) — Out

  • Olivier Sarr (G League) — Out

  • Kenrich Williams (wrist) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Ryan Arcidiacono, Shaedon Sharpe, Matisse Thybulle, Trendon Watford, Drew Eubanks

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (foot) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (quad) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (knee) — Out

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

Sharpe should remain featured in the offense after scoring 24 points on nine-for-20 shooting in 38.3 minutes Friday. Arcidiacono will retain lead facilitating responsibilities, but Watford should act as an offensive hub out of the high post in a heightened role. Keon Johnson, Jabari Walker, and Cam Reddish will be given the opportunity to generate offense off the bench and could play extended minutes in the event of another blowout.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Anthony Edwards (ankle, illness) — In

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — In

  • Jaylen Nowell (knee) — Available

  • Jordan McLaughlin (illness) — Not on injury report

Towns contributed 22 points on eight-for-18 shooting, four rebounds, and three assists in 26.1 minutes in his return Wednesday and shouldn't be considered a threat to sit out. There's reportedly "strong optimism" for Edwards to return. Minutes will decline for reserves, and fewer offensive opportunities will be available if Edwards rejoins the lineup.

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Gary Payton II (adductor) — In

  • Andrew Wiggins (personal) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (wrist) — Injured

  • Ryan Rollins (foot) — Injured