NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/11

Jan 11th 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

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (ankle) — Available

  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Spencer Dinwiddie (illness) — In

  • Deandre Ayton (knee) — Out

  • Dereck Lively II (ankle) — Out

  • Rui Hachimura (calf) — Out

  • Cam Reddish (face) — Available

  • Malcolm Brogdon (rest) — Out

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Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Spencer Dinwiddie (illness) — In

  • Cam Thomas (face) — Available

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

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

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Al Horford (illness) — Out

Boston and Minnesota went to overtime on Wednesday, and each of the Celtics' starters played at least 38 minutes, with Tatum and Brown surpassing 40 minutes. The Celtics will play the second leg of a back-to-back set, and with no injury report submitted yet, it's unclear if any of their core players will sit. Porzingis missed the first of the two games but will likely suit up against the Bucks. He has a surprisingly inviting matchup against Milwaukee, who has given up the eighth-most points per game to centers this season. Porzingis posted 21 points in 27 minutes the last time he faced the Bucks.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Damian Lillard (personal) — Available

  • Cam Payne (concussion protocol) — Available

  • Jae Crowder (adductor) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Scoot Henderson, Anfernee Simons, Toumani Camara, Jerami Grant, Duop Reath

  • Deandre Ayton (knee) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (rest) — Out

  • Jabari Walker (knee) — Out

  • Moses Brown (wrist) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

With Ayton expected to miss his ninth consecutive outing and Brown already sidelined, many of the Blazers' center minutes will continue to go to Reath and Ibou Badji. In the last four games with Ayton and Brown out, Reath has averaged 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per game, while Badji has received 17.3 minutes per contest. Portland will face the Thunder, who have lost two of their last four games. The Trail Blazers' backcourt will have its hands full with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who has led Oklahoma City in scoring in the previous 17 contests.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Davis Bertans (illness) — Not on injury report

New York Knicks News

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

  • Mitchell Robinson (ankle) — Injured

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, Derrick Jones Jr., Dwight Powell

  • Dereck Lively II (ankle) — Out

  • Grant Williams (ankle) — Available

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Out

  • Luka Doncic (ankle) — Out

  • Dante Exum (foot) — Out

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Injured

When Doncic has been sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. has had a +6.1% usage rate increase. He'll likely be more involved offensively, but Irving should be the primary beneficiary of Doncic's absence. His scoring numbers haven't increased in the two games he's played without Doncic this season, but he'll have a chance to change that in a matchup against the Knicks. However, New York has had the league's best Defensive Rating (100.2) over the past five games, and they've allowed the eighth-fewest points per game (23.8) to opposing point guards throughout the year.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Drew Eubanks (illness) — Out

  • Eric Gordon (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Udoka Azubuike (illness) — Available

  • Nassir Little (knee) — Available

  • Bol Bol (ankle) — Available

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Austin Reaves, Cam Reddish, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (ankle) — Available

  • Christian Wood (migraine) — Out

  • Rui Hachimura (calf) — Out

  • Cam Reddish (face) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured