NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/27

Mar 27th 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • Joel Embiid (calf) — Out

  • James Harden (Achilles) — Out

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Out

  • Tyrese Haliburton (injury management) — Out

  • Kawhi Leonard (facial contusion) — In

  • Lauri Markkanen (hand) — Available

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (injury management) — Out

  • Anthony Edwards (ankle) — Available

  • De'Aaron Fox (hamstring) — Available

  • Jalen Brunson (hand) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (foot) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (hip) — Available

  • Jrue Holiday (personal) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (quad) — Out

  • Myles Turner (injury management) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (knee) — Out

  • Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) — Available

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Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Khris Middleton, Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (personal) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (calf) — Probable

  • Meyers Leonard (calf) — Out

  • Goran Dragic (knee) — Probable

Middleton (34.3%), Portis (25.9%), and Lopez (24.1%) have led the team in usage, while Middleton (44.2%), Joe Ingles (27.5%), and Carter (25.1%) have logged the highest assist rates among active Bucks with Antetokounmpo and Holiday off the floor this season.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Isaiah Livers, Marvin Bagley, James Wiseman

  • Cory Joseph (illness) — Available

  • Alec Burks (foot) — Out

  • Rodney McGruder (foot) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — Injured

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Achilles) — Injured

  • Hamidou Diallo (ankle) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Eugene Omoruyi served as a sixth man with Joseph and McGruder sidelined for Friday's blowout loss, contributing nine points on three-for-10 shooting and seven rebounds in 32.9 minutes. Additionally, Hayes (36.8%), Ivey (32.0%), and Duren (28.6%) posted elevated assist rates without Joseph serving as a secondary facilitator. Omoruyi would need McGruder and Joseph to remain out to again serve as a sixth man, but Hayes, Ivey, and Duren could retain heightened facilitating roles if only Joseph remains out.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, Dwight Powell

  • Maxi Kleber (injury management) — Out

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Andrew Nembhard, Bennedict Mathurin, Aaron Nesmith, Jordan Nwora, Jalen Smith

  • Tyrese Haliburton (injury management) — Out

  • Myles Turner (injury management) — Out

  • Buddy Hield (illness) — Out

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Out

Isaiah Jackson will start, and Jalen Smith will also likely clear 20 minutes if Turner is sidelined. Jackson has logged 18.2% usage while averaging 14.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 26.9 minutes during his last six starts this season. Nembhard will resume playing a prominent lead facilitating role, and TJ McConnell will serve as the sixth man if Haliburton is ruled out.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Jae'Sean Tate (knee) — Out

The Rockets are 0-6 when playing the second game of a back-to-back set on the road this season, scoring the fewest points per 100 possessions (106.2) and allowing the third-most (128.4). Additionally, Houston posted the worst point differential (-22.2) and the fourth-worst spread differential (-6.7) during those matches.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • Jalen Brunson (hand) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (illness) — Out

  • Trevor Keels (foot) — Available

  • Duane Washington Jr. (hip) — Out

Grimes, Randle, and Immanuel Quickley should be asked to generate less offense if Brunson, who fully practiced Sunday, rejoins the lineup. However, though Brunson's shooting could be largely unaffected by a sprained non-shooting hand, Randle, Quickley, and Josh Hart could retain elevated distributing roles if Brunson's ball handling and passing are negatively affected by his hand injury.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Josh Okogie, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Deandre Ayton (hip) — Available

  • Kevin Durant (ankle) — Injured

Though Paul and Booker could be less central to the offensive effort, Terrence Ross and TJ Warren's roles will primarily diminish as secondary scoring will be less needed in Ayton's expected return. Okogie and Craig could reclaim minutes from Ross and Warren if their contributions are less valued.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Talen Horton-Tucker, Ochai Agbaji, Lauri Markkanen, Kelly Olynyk, Walker Kessler

  • Lauri Markkanen (hand) — Available

  • Simone Fontecchio (toe) — Out

  • Jordan Clarkson (finger) — Out

  • Rudy Gay (back) — Out

  • Collin Sexton (hamstring) — Injured

Agbaji (+5.7%), Olynyk (+5.6%), and Kessler (+5.0%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the Jazz, while Olynyk has led the team with a +15.4% assist rate differential in the three games Markkanen and Clarkson have missed since the All-Star break. That dynamic could persist, or Simone Fontecchio could be demoted to the bench as offensive opportunities decline across the lineup if Markkanen returns.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Dewayne Dedmon

  • Joel Embiid (calf) — Out

  • James Harden (Achilles) — Out

  • Danuel House (shoulder) — In

Embiid recently said, "I'm going to need one [game off] pretty soon," but a matchup with the Nuggets and Nikola Jokic amid MVP discussions could be meaningful to him. He scored 47 points on 44.4% usage with Maxey sidelined in a 126-119 home win over Denver earlier in the season. The remaining starters' roles will remain heightened if Harden or Embiid are ruled out.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

  • Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) — Available

Jokic (+2.7%) and Gordon (+2.5%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the team in games Porter Jr. has missed this season. Additionally, though Jokic averaged 9.3 assists during his last three starts against the 76ers with Joel Embiid active, he was less impactful than usual. Jokic averaged 20.3 points, 13.7 field goal attempts, and 9.3 rebounds during those contests, including scoring 24 points on eight-for-12 shooting earlier in the 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

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Ryan Arcidiacono, Shaedon Sharpe, Matisse Thybulle, Nassir Little, Drew Eubanks

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (foot) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (quad) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (knee) — Out

  • Trendon Watford (ankle) — Out

  • Cam Reddish (back) — Available

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

Portland appears likelier to keep their typical starters out than have them return. Nassir Little will be positioned to start if Watford joins them on the inactive list. Sharpe (28.1%), Little (25.7%), and Keon Johnson (24.1%) posted the highest usage rates on the Trail Blazers, while Johnson (34.4%) and Arcidiacono (31.4%) logged the highest assist rates on the team during the last two games.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (injury management) — Out

  • Anthony Edwards (ankle) — Available

  • Taurean Prince (illness) — Out

  • Jaylen Nowell (knee) — Available

  • Matt Ryan (illness) — Out

Kyle Anderson will reclaim a starting role while Taurean Prince and Nickeil Alexander-Walker play extended minutes if Towns or Edwards sit out the second game of a back-to-back set to manage their injuries. Towns could be more likely to sit out after his time remained restricted Sunday and because of the nature of his injury.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • De'Aaron Fox (hamstring) — Available

If Fox returns, Huerter's role will diminish the sharpest among the starters after he finished with 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting and four assists in Fox's absence Saturday. Barnes and Murray also stand to be less involved in the offensive effort in that event.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Alex Caruso (foot) — Out

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (facial contusion) — In

  • Marcus Morris (illness) — Out

  • Brandon Boston Jr. (tailbone) — Out

  • Paul George (knee) — Injured

  • Norman Powell (shoulder) — Injured

Gordon has been deferential as he's logged 18.1% usage through the first two games of George's absence, but his shooting will be crucial in this matchup. The Bulls allowed the fifth-fewest points per 100 possessions (111.5) and the fewest points in the paint per game (44.4) during their last 10 matches. During that stretch, Chicago's biggest defensive weakness was allowing opposing guards to make the most threes per game (9.3).