NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/12

Jan 12th 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Damian Lillard (ankle) — In

  • Bam Adebayo (wrist) — Available

  • Jaylen Brown (adductor) — Out

  • Jarrett Allen (illness) — In

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Out

  • Marcus Smart (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Gordon Hayward (hamstring) — Out

  • Nic Claxton (shoulder) — Available

  • Al Horford (rest) — Out

  • Robert Williams (injury rehabilitation) — Not on injury report

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Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Ousmane Dieng (wrist) — Injured

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Giddey has logged a 30.0% assist rate through five games of 2023, and Gilgeous-Alexander has recorded a 17.9% assist rate during his four matches in January. Gilgeous-Alexander (26.6%) registered a slightly higher assist rate than Giddey (25.9%) before the new year.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

The Thunder were aggressive to double Embiid and force the ball out of his hands, with Harden and Maxey sidelined for their matchup on New Year's Eve. Embiid shot six-for-17 but recorded 10 assists in Philadelphia's 115-96 win.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, Robert Williams

  • Jaylen Brown (adductor) — Out

  • Marcus Smart (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Al Horford (rest) — Out

  • Robert Williams (injury rehabilitation) — Not on injury report

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

The Celtics are 6-0 and have scored the most points per 100 possessions (125.9) on the second game of a back-to-back set this season. Smart's facilitating role has been distributed across the lineup as Grant Williams' minutes have increased most during the previous two games.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Nic Claxton

  • Nic Claxton (shoulder) — Available

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

Harris, TJ Warren, Seth Curry, and Yuta Watanabe were the reserves utilized by coach Vaughn on Sunday, and all four players should play additional time during Durant's absence. With Durant off the court this season, Irving (+6.6%) and Curry (+5.8%) have registered the highest usage differentials on the Nets, while Irving (+6.1%) and Simmons (+4.6%) have posted two of the three highest assist rate differentials.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, MarJon Beauchamp, Pat Connaughton, Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Out

  • Grayson Allen (ankle) — Out

  • Joe Ingles (injury management) — Out

  • Serge Ibaka (personal) — Out

With the five inactive Bucks off the floor this season, Holiday (34.2%), Portis (24.1%), and Lopez (21.8%) lead Milwaukee in usage, while Holiday has logged a 51.5% assist rate.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, Haywood Highsmith, Bam Adebayo

  • Bam Adebayo (wrist) — Available

  • Tyler Herro (Achilles) — Out

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (quad) — Out

  • Haywood Highsmith (knee) — Available

  • Dewayne Dedmon (suspension) — Out

  • Udonis Haslem (Achilles) — Probable

  • Duncan Robinson (finger) — Injured

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

With Herro and Lowry off the floor this season, Butler (26.9%), Oladipo (24.7%), and Adebayo (24.6%) lead Miami in usage, while Butler leads the team with a 34.7% assist rate. Those three should generate a majority of the offense for the Heat, but Vincent and Strus should continue to log increased minutes.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Jalen McDaniels, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Gordon Hayward (hamstring) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre (hand) — Injured

Rozier led the Hornets with 33 points on 14-for-19 shooting, and Ball led the team with 29.8% usage and 14 assists in Charlotte's 132-120 road loss to Toronto on Tuesday. Plumlee scored 21 points on nine-for-10 shooting and has averaged 17.2 points on 15.6% usage and a 77.9 eFG% during the previous six games. He averaged 10.2 points on 14.6% usage and a 62.8 eFG% usage in his first 36 matches.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Siakam (27.1%) and Trent Jr. (23.1%) led Raptors starters in usage and respectively scored 28 and 24 points in Toronto's 132-120 home win over Charlotte on Tuesday. The Raptors posted a 57.8% rebound rate after recording the worst rebounding rate (46.1%) during their previous 15 games.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, Christian Wood

  • Dwight Powell (hip) — Available

  • Dorian Finney-Smith (adductor) — Injured

  • Josh Green (elbow) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Max Christie, LeBron James, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Thomas Bryant

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Troy Brown Jr. (quad) — In

  • Patrick Beverley (illness) — Out

  • Austin Reaves (hamstring) — Injured

  • Lonnie Walker (knee) — Injured

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Injured

James scored 38 points on 40.5% usage in a 124-115 road loss to the Mavs with Dorian Finney-Smith (adductor) sidelined on Christmas. He has continued to record heightened usage (35.7%) in a more central role in the six games he has played since.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Jarrett Allen (illness) — In

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — In

  • Dean Wade (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

In his last nine games, Mobley has averaged 10.9 points on 16.8% usage. He averaged 15.1 points on 18.6% usage during his first 31 contests this season, including a 10-point, 12-rebound performance on four-for-10 shooting against Portland in November.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Damian Lillard (ankle) — In

  • Gary Payton II (ankle) — Available

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

  • Nassir Little (hip) — Injured

In the 12 games Lillard has missed this season, Grant (+4.7%) and Simons (+2.6%) logged the highest usage differentials on the Trail Blazers. Similarly, Simons (+6.6%) and Grant (+5.1%) posted the highest assist rate differentials on the team.