NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/11

Jan 11th 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

  • Trae Young (illness) — Out

  • Demar DeRozan (quad) — Out

  • Anthony Edwards (hip) — Available

  • Kristaps Porzingis (rib) — Out

  • Chris Paul (hip) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (ankle) — Out

  • Myles Turner (back) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (hamstring) — Available

  • RJ Barrett (finger) — Available

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Available

  • Marcus Smart (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Out

  • Kevin Huerter (illness) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — Out

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Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Rivers, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Rudy Gobert

  • Anthony Edwards (hip) — Available

  • Kyle Anderson (illness) — Out

  • Wendell Moore Jr. (G League) — Out

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Edwards bruised his left hip on December 30th and registered a 48.7 eFG% during the next four games. His hip issue worsened, and he was forced to leave Friday's game before he shot six-for-19 Sunday. Russell, Jaylen Nowell, and Taurean Prince's roles would likely expand most if Edwards misses his first game this season.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Saddiq Bey, Nerlens Noel

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Available

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (shoulder) — Available

  • Jared Rhoden (G League) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (hand) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Bogdanovic, Duren, and Stewart could return in better health after all three sat out the front end of the back-to-back set due to various sore body parts. Saddiq Bey should continue to start if any of the three miss additional time.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Alex Caruso, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Demar DeRozan (quad) — Out

  • Alex Caruso (ankle) — Available

  • Tony Bradley (health protocols) — Out

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

If DeRozan is ruled out, Alex Caruso, Coby White, and Goran Dragic should absorb most of his minutes. With DeRozan off the court this season, LaVine (+4.1%), Dosunmu (+1.9%), and Vucevic (+1.6%) have logged positive usage differentials while LaVine's +7.2% assist rate differential leads the Bulls.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Taj Gibson

  • Kristaps Porzingis (rib) — Out

  • Daniel Gafford (ankle) — Out

  • Corey Kispert (back) — Available

  • Vernon Carey (quad) — Out

  • Johnny Davis (hip) — Out

  • Isaiah Todd (G League) — Available

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Injured

Deni Avdija could start if any of the questionable players are sidelined. Rui Hachimura's sixth-man role could be more significant if any other Wizards join Beal on the inactive list. Morris (+5.2%) and Kuzma (+3.7%) have logged positive usage differentials with Porzingis and Beal off the court this season.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Out

  • Serge Ibaka (personal) — Out

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Dejounte Murray, Aaron Holiday, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Onyeka Okongwu

  • Trae Young (illness) — Out

  • Clint Capela (calf) — Out

Milwaukee's paint defense has deteriorated as they have allowed the fifth-most points in the paint per game (54.4) during their previous ten matches. The Hawks have scored the fifth-most points in the paint per game (56.9), and all five starters have averaged 8.0 points in the key or more with Capela sidelined for the last seven contests.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Dyson Daniels, Naji Marshall, Trey Murphy, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Herb Jones (back) — Out

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Injured

McCollum (32.4%) and Valanciunas (26.7%) have led the Pelicans in usage with Williamson sidelined during the last four contests, though their roles could diminish if Alvarado starts in Jones' stead. Dyson Daniels' size should be valued in Jones' expected absence, and Daniels could play as much as Alvarado against the Celtics.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, Al Horford

  • Marcus Smart (knee) — Out

  • Robert Williams (injury rehabilitation) — Out

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Tatum led the Celtics with seven assists, and Grant Williams played a significant sixth-man role instead of Malcolm Brogdon with Smart sidelined Sunday. The Pelicans have a 4-8 record against teams with top-ten offensive ratings, and the Celtics have scored the second-most points per 100 possessions (118.6) in the league.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, James Johnson, Jalen Smith

  • Aaron Nesmith (illness) — Out

  • Myles Turner (back) — Out

  • TJ McConnell (shoulder) — Available

  • Oshae Brissett (hamstring) — Out

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

Oshae Brissett and Chris Duarte could benefit most if Nesmith is ruled out, though coach Carlisle could start Jalen Smith at the four for matchup purposes. However, Carlisle opted to start a smaller lineup against the Knicks last month, and Nesmith led the team with 23 points and 10 rebounds on nine-for-12 shooting.

New York Knicks News

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

  • RJ Barrett (finger) — Available

Brunson (+6.6%) and Randle (+5.6%) have led the Knicks in usage differential with Brunson available while Barrett remained out for the last four games. Their offensive roles could diminish by roughly that amount if Barrett returns without a stringent restriction.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Romeo Langford, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Keldon Johnson (hamstring) — Available

  • Keita Bates-Diop (ankle) — Available

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

Jones (+6.5%), Malaki Branham (+5.2%), Josh Richardson (+3.4%), and Langford (+3.1%) have registered the highest usage differentials on the Spurs as those four have absorbed most of Johnson's usage during the last two games.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

  • Ja Morant (thigh) — Not on injury report

  • Jake LaRavia (G League) — Out

  • Brandon Clarke (hip) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

The Grizzlies have a 12-2 record and have the highest point differential (+12.2) against teams with bottom-ten point differentials. The Spurs have registered the lowest point differential (-8.7) league-wide.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Duane Washington Jr., Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Dario Saric, Bismack Biyombo

  • Chris Paul (hip) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (ankle) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (hip) — Out

  • Saben Lee (signed) — TBD

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Injured

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Injured

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Coach Williams said that Shamet begged him to play Tuesday, but Williams wouldn't let him. As a result, facilitating opportunities were split among the guards and Dario Saric with Paul, Ayton, and Shamet sidelined on the front end of a back-to-back set. Washington Jr. led the Suns with 30.3% usage, and Bridges led with 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting in their 125-113 road win.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Bruce Brown (thumb) — Available

  • Bones Hyland (thigh) — Available

  • Zeke Nnaji (knee) — Available

  • Peyton Watson (adductor) — Injured

  • Jeff Green (hand, finger) — Injured

Phoenix allowed the ninth-most points in the paint per game (52.8) and posted the fourth-lowest defensive rating (117.4) in December before correcting course. The Suns have allowed the second-fewest points in the paint per game (38.8) and logged the third-best defensive rating (107.9) league-wide through five games in 2023.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Terence Davis, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Kevin Huerter (illness) — Out

The Kings have an 11-4 record and have scored the most points per 100 possessions (122.7) against teams with bottom-ten defensive ratings. Conversely, the Rockets have a 2-9 record and have scored the fewest points per 100 possessions (109.8) against teams with bottom-ten defensive ratings. Sacramento (117.2) and Houston (122.0) have two of the four lowest defensive ratings this season.