NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/1

Jan 1st 2024

Cooper Boni

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 (quad) — Available

  • Kawhi Leonard (hip) — In

  • Kyrie Irving (heel) — Available

  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) — Out

  • Aaron Gordon (lacerations) — Available

  • OG Anunoby (acquired) — In

  • Terry Rozier (illness) — Out

  • Jabari Smith Jr. (ankle) — Available

  • Bruce Brown (knee) — Out

  • Mark Williams (back) — Out

  • Shaedon Sharpe (adductor) — In

  • Toumani Camara (knee) — Out

  • Dante Exum (heel) — Available

  • Kyle Lowry (head) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Out

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Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, OG Anunoby, Julius Randle, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • OG Anunoby (acquired) — In

  • Precious Achiuwa (acquired) — Not on injury report

  • Malachi Flynn (ankle) — Out

  • Mitchell Robinson (ankle) — Injured

New York traded RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley to Toronto in exchange for Anunoby, Achiuwa, and Flynn. It remains unclear if Anunoby and Achiuwa will make their Knicks debut, but their omission from the injury report is a good sign. If not, the team will be shorthanded against the Timberwolves, who have allowed 107.4 points per contest this season, the fewest of any team. New York will need to find an answer for Anthony Edwards, who scored a team-high 31 points in the previous outing and averaged 25.7 points per outing in December.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Donovan Mitchell, Max Strus, Isaac Okoro, Dean Wade, Jarrett Allen

  • Evan Mobley (knee) — Injured

  • Darius Garland (jaw) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio — NWT

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Immanuel Quickley, RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl

  • RJ Barrett (acquired) — Available

  • Immanuel Quickley (acquired) — Available

  • Garrett Temple (ankle) — Available

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory) — Injured

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Kevin Knox, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jalen Duren

  • Isaiah Stewart (toe) — Injured

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Jalen Green, Jae'Sean Tate, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Jabari Smith Jr. (ankle) — Available

  • Tari Eason (leg) — In

  • Dillon Brooks (oblique) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Aaron Nesmith, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner

  • Bruce Brown (knee) — Out

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Malik Beasley, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • MarJon Beauchamp (illness) — Out

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo (personal) — Available

  • Jae Crowder (adductor) — Injured

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ish Smith, Bryce McGowens, Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards

  • Terry Rozier (illness) — Out

  • Mark Williams (back) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (calf) — Injured

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

  • Frank Ntilikina (leg) — Injured

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Aaron Gordon (lacerations) — On track to play

  • Reggie Jackson (calf) — Probable

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Scoot Henderson, Malcolm Brogdon, Matisse Thybulle, Jerami Grant, Moses Brown

  • Shaedon Sharpe (adductor) — In

  • Toumani Camara (knee) — Out

  • Duop Reath (back) — Out

  • Kris Murray (thumb) — Available

  • Anfernee Simons (illness) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (knee) — Out

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Chimezie Metu, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) — Out

  • Eric Gordon (calf) — Available

  • Nassir Little (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Dante Exum, Derrick Jones Jr., Dereck Lively II

  • Luka Doncic (quad) — Available

  • Kyrie Irving (heel) — Available

  • Dante Exum (heel) — Available

  • Seth Curry (illness) — Available

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Injured

Irving has missed the previous 12 outings but has been upgraded to questionable for the first time since his initial injury occurred. The Mavs hope to have Irving, Doncic, and others available against the Jazz, but their presence might not be required to be competitive in this matchup, as Utah has the seventh-worse Net Rating (-5.6) league-wide. It's worth noting, however, that the Jazz have won seven of their last 10 outings, while the Mavs have won half of their games since Irving went down.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Kris Dunn, Collin Sexton, Simone Fontecchio, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Jamal Cain, Bam Adebayo

  • Kyle Lowry (head) — Available

  • Josh Richardson (back) — Out

  • Haywood Highsmith (concussion) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler (foot) — Out

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

With Butler sidelined and Lowry uncertain to play, Herro will likely have the ball in his hands even more. He is averaging 25.6 points per contest in five games sans Butler this season. The Heat lose defensive prowess anytime Butler is ruled out, and they'll have to find a way to overcome that against the Clippers, who had the league's third-best Offensive Rating (122.6) in December.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (hip) — In

  • Mason Plumlee (knee) — Available

The Clippers played the last four games sans Leonard and won two of them. Without Leonard this season, Los Angeles averages fewer points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals per contest. Harden has seen a +5.7% usage rate increase when Leonard has been sidelined this year, and he'll likely be a key piece of the Clippers' game plan if Leonard is ruled out again. Los Angeles will face the Heat, who will be without Jimmy Butler and could also be missing Kyle Lowry and Caleb Martin.