NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/3

Mar 3rd 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

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — In

  • Trae Young (groin) — Available

  • De'Aaron Fox (wrist) — Available

  • Paul George — Not on injury report

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — In

  • Jonas Valanciunas (calf) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (ankle) — Out

  • Aaron Gordon (rib) — In

  • Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) — In

  • Dennis Schroder (ankle) — In

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — Out

  • Norman Powell (shoulder) — Out

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Out

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Orlando Magic News

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

  • Jonathan Isaac (hamstring, adductor) — Injured

The Hornets have allowed the fourth-fewest made threes per game (11.0) but the third-most points in the paint per game (55.5) during their last 15 contests. Fultz (9.2), Banchero (8.5), and Wagner (7.1) have scored the most points in the paint per game on the team during Orlando's last 15 matches.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, JT Thor, Mark Williams

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Theo Maledon (G League) — Out

  • James Bouknight (G League) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

Rozier (+6.0%), Dennis Smith Jr. (+4.9%), and Oubre (+4.2%) have recorded the highest usage differentials on the Hornets, while Hayward (+8.0%), Rozier (+6.4%), and Smith Jr. (+5.4%) have logged the highest assist rate differentials on the team with Ball, Washington, and Mason Plumlee off the floor this season.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Matisse Thybulle, Cam Reddish, Jerami Grant, Drew Eubanks

  • Anfernee Simons (ankle) — Out

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (back) — Out

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

Reddish, Shaedon Sharpe, and Keon Johnson should resume playing increased minutes in Simons' expected absence. Lillard (41.4%), Johnson (25.7%), and Grant (24.7%) have led the Trail Blazers in usage with Simons and Nurkic off the court this season.

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Trae Young (groin) — Available

Capela leads the Hawks with 10.8 points in the paint per game, and his 14.9% offensive rebound rate ranks third among starters. He could be set up for a big performance against a Trail Blazers team that has registered the third-worst defensive rebound rate (68.2%) and allowed the fourth-most points in the paint per game (56.2) with Jusuf Nurkic (calf) sidelined for their previous 11 matches.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Edmond Sumner (personal) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (back) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams

  • Derrick White (neck) — Not on injury report

  • Malcolm Brogdon (ankle) — Out

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

In theory, the Nets should be able to provide the Celtics with a challenging defensive matchup because they have a surplus of standout defensive wings to deploy against Brown and Tatum. In reality, Brooklyn's defense hasn't clicked yet: they've posted the second-worst defensive rating (124.3) and logged a 1-6 record since Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson debuted seven games ago.

New York Knicks News

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

The Knicks have played the Heat seven times since coach Thibodeau accepted their head coaching position. All seven of those contests finished with 215 points or less, and the two teams have continued to play at two of the four slowest paces in the league this season.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Gabe Vincent, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — In

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Available

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Injured

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Butler didn't return to Wednesday's game when the Heat were trailing by double-digits in the fourth quarter, and coach Spoelstra said postgame that Butler would have continued playing had the game been competitive. If Butler misses additional time, Max Strus would likely start while Herro, Adebayo, and Victor Oladipo play central offensive roles.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Josh Okogie, Kevin Durant, Deandre Ayton

  • Terrence Ross (toe) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Injured

Durant finished with 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting in 26.8 minutes during his team debut Wednesday. He said he was surprised by his minute load postgame, and coach Williams said Durant will remain on a minute restriction for the next week or so.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

LaVine has caught fire coming out of the All-Star break, averaging 29.3 points on 28.1% usage and a 73.9 eFG% (54.2% from three). DeRozan logged reduced 24.5% usage during those contests, suggesting he might not be 100% post-quad injury.

Utah Jazz News

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

  • Jordan Clarkson (thumb) — Out

  • Ochai Agbaji (leg) — Not on injury report

  • Collin Sexton (hamstring) — Injured

Utah's offense struggled mightily with Clarkson joining Sexton on the inactive list Tuesday, mustering only 94 points at home against a Spurs team that had been winless in their previous 16 games. Horton-Tucker (70.0), Olynyk (66.0), Kris Dunn (55.0), and Markkanen (52.0) led the Jazz in touches by a wide margin during that contest and will need to do more with them. Dunn notably picked up a few minutes after Agbaji left midway through the third quarter and didn't return.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Josh Giddey, Isaiah Joe, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Jaylin Williams

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (abdominal, health protocols) — Out

  • Lindy Waters (G League) — Out

  • Ousmane Dieng (G League) — Available

  • Jared Butler (signed) — Available

  • Kenrich Williams (wrist) — Injured

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Isaiah Joe has averaged 28.8 minutes, and Aaron Wiggins has averaged 23.8 minutes during Gilgeous-Alexander's absence. This roster will be increasingly thinned if Waters or Dieng aren't recalled from the G-League, which could provide Tre Mann, Dario Saric, and Robinson-Earl an opportunity to also play extended minutes.

Memphis Grizzlies News

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

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Aaron Gordon (rib) — In

  • Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) — In

  • Vlatko Cancar (wrist) — Out

  • Zeke Nnaji (shoulder) — Out

Denver has generally excelled against teams with top-ten defensive ratings, posting a 13-7 record and scoring the most points per 100 possessions (117.3) against those squads. However, Memphis has registered the second-best defensive rating (109.9) this season and limited the Nuggets to 94 points in a decisive 112-94 victory with Gordon sidelined last Saturday.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Trey Murphy, Willy Hernangomez

  • Jonas Valanciunas (calf) — Out

  • Josh Richardson (personal) — Out

  • Larry Nance Jr. (ankle) — Injured

  • Jose Alvarado (leg) — Injured

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

Hernangomez has logged 22.3% usage this season, comparable to Valanciunas' 23.0% clip and significantly ahead of Jaxson Hayes' 14.5% rate. Hernangomez started in Valanciunas' stead Wednesday but played just 20.9 minutes because his defense was a liability in space against the Trail Blazers. Hayes was in foul trouble Wednesday but could play increased time against a Warriors team that could test Hernangomez's mobility even more, causing additional usage to become available.

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • Andrew Wiggins (personal) — Out

  • Patrick Baldwin Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Gary Payton II (adductor) — Injured

  • Stephen Curry (leg) — Injured

Partially influenced by Curry and Wiggins' absences, Thompson posted an 18.6% defensive rebound rate during the last four games. He recorded a 9.1% clip during his first 47 games this season.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Paul George, Nicolas Batum, Mason Plumlee

  • Kawhi Leonard (injury management) — Out

  • Paul George — Not on injury report

  • Norman Powell (shoulder) — Out

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — Out

  • Marcus Morris (elbow) — Out

Powell's left arm was in a sling following Thursday's game. George and Westbrook could play increasingly central offensive roles if they play while Leonard and Powell are sidelined against the Kings. Gordon and Terance Mann would play extended minutes and provide secondary scoring options in that event.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • De'Aaron Fox (wrist) — Available

  • Richaun Holmes (illness) — Out

Fox said he expects to play against the Clippers after he logged a full practice Thursday. Huerter and Barnes' offensive roles will decline most sharply while Davion Mitchell returns to a bench role if Fox rejoins the lineup.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Jaylen Nowell (knee) — Out

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

While playing next to Conley could be paying dividends, McDaniels' short-term scoring spike should prove unsustainable. He averaged 15.4 points on a 72.9 eFG% during the last five games and 11.2 points on a 57.9 eFG% during his previous 56 contests. McDaniels logged 15.3% usage during the last five games after previously posting a 15.0% clip, suggesting his role hasn't expanded.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Malik Beasley, Troy Brown Jr., Jarred Vanderbilt, Anthony Davis

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — In

  • D'Angelo Russell (ankle) — Out

  • Dennis Schroder (ankle) — In

  • LeBron James (foot) — Injured