NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/10

Jan 10th 2024

Justin Phan

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

  • Zion Williamson (quad) — Available

  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — Out

  • Trae Young (shoulder) — Available

  • Rudy Gobert (hip) — Out

  • Pascal Siakam (back) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (injury management) — Available

  • Dejounte Murray (hamstring) — Available

  • Zach LaVine (foot, shoulder) — In

  • Clint Capela (Achilles) — Out

  • Mike Conley (rest) — Out

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Available

  • Kyle Lowry (hand) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (toe) — Out

  • Al Horford (illness) — Available

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Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Karl-Anthony Towns

  • Rudy Gobert (hip) — Out

  • Mike Conley (rest) — Out

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (injury management) — Available

  • Al Horford (illness) — Available

  • Jayson Tatum (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Sam Hauser (shoulder) — Not on injury report

This is the first leg of a back-to-back set so it wouldn't be surprising to see at least one of Horford or Holiday sit out. Luke Kornet got the spot start on Dec. 29 when Horford and Porzingis were both out of the lineup. He played a season-high 33.3 minutes then and has been the clear third center of choice ahead of Neemias Queta.

White leads all Celtics players with a +4.6 percent usage rate differential this season with Porzingis off the court; he also leads the team with a similar +4.6 percent usage rate differential with Holiday off the court.

Sacramento Kings News

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

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Bryce McGowens, Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards

  • Cody Martin (groin) — Out

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Out

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

  • Gordon Hayward (calf) — Injured

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

  • Frank Ntilikina (leg) — Injured

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Julian Champagnie, Jeremy Sochan, Victor Wembanyama

  • Sidy Cissoko (ankle) — Out

  • Zach Collins (ankle) — Injured

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Isaiah Livers, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jalen Duren

  • Cade Cunningham (knee) — Injured

  • Isaiah Stewart (toe) — Out

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Jordan Poole, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Daniel Gafford

  • Landry Shamet (personal) — Out

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Andrew Nembhard, Bruce Brown, Aaron Nesmith, Obi Toppin, Myles Turner

  • Jalen Smith (back) — Out

  • Jarace Walker (illness) — Out

  • Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) — Injured

The Pacers will be without Haliburton for at least the next two weeks after he suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain during Monday's win. Nembhard started the second half in his place and figures to run point for however long he remains sidelined with TJ McConnell seeing an expanded role off the bench. Bennedict Mathurin has scored at least 20 points in four of the last six games -- he leads the team with a 26.6 percent usage rate this season with Haliburton off the court.

It doesn't come as a surprise but Indiana's offense has fallen off a cliff this season without Haliburton -- their 125.3 Offensive Rating with him on the court drops to a team-worst 115.2 with him off the court.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, Nicolas Batum, Paul Reed

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Available

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Out

  • Tobias Harris (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Out

  • Furkan Korkmaz (illness) — Not on injury report

Atlanta Hawks News

Projected Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Saddiq Bey, Jalen Johnson, Onyeka Okongwu

  • Trae Young (shoulder) — Available

  • Dejounte Murray (hamstring) — Available

  • Clint Capela (Achilles) — Out

  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — Out

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Injured

  • Garrison Mathews (ankle) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

  • Vit Krejci (shoulder) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Davis Bertans (illness) — Out

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyler Herro, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Haywood Highsmith, Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo

  • Kyle Lowry (hand) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Out

  • Josh Richardson (neck) — Available

  • Jimmy Butler (toe) — Out

  • RJ Hampton (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Injured

  • Dillon Brooks (oblique) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso, Nikola Vucevic

  • Zach LaVine (foot, shoulder) — In

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (neck) — Available

  • Torrey Craig (foot) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Coach Donovan said last Wednesday that LaVine and Vucevic will go back into the starting lineup after their minutes restriction is lifted -- well, LaVine played 35.7 minutes and Vucevic played 30.5 minutes in Monday's overtime win. It would appear that the time is now.

It'll be interesting to see whether Donovan goes with Williams or Caruso as his fifth starter. Williams was his starter of choice the last time everyone was available (Nov. 28), but Caruso was coming off an injury and on a minutes limit then. Caruso played 34.2 minutes to Williams' 22.8 on Monday.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Zion Williamson (quad) — Available

  • Jose Alvarado (illness) — Available

  • Matt Ryan (elbow) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Brandin Podziemski, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney

  • Draymond Green (reconditioning) — Out

  • Chris Paul (hand) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (hamstring) — Injured

  • Gui Santos (ankle) — Not on injury report

Coach Kerr opted to start both Andrew Wiggins and Kuminga in Sunday's loss and it went about as well as expected. The Warriors got blown out in the first half and Kerr replaced Wiggins, Kuminga, and Jackson-Davis with Podziemski, Dario Saric, and Kevon Looney to open the second half. When asked after the game about his decision to start Wiggins and Kuminga together, Kerr said, "Obviously that lineup didn't click." The two-man lineup of Wiggins and Kuminga has a disastrous -20.6 Net Rating this season, the worst among all combos that have played at least 100 minutes for Golden State.

We're betting against Kerr running that lineup back given how poorly it went Sunday, with Podziemski in there for Wiggins.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Julian Strawther (knee) — Injured

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Utah Jazz News

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

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Immanuel Quickley, Dennis Schroder, RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes, Thaddeus Young

  • Pascal Siakam (back) — Out

  • Otto Porter Jr. (knee) — Out

  • Jakob Poeltl (ankle) — Injured

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory) — Injured

Los Angeles Clippers News

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

  • Moussa Diabate (hand) — Out