NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/13

Jan 13th 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

  • Nikola Jokic (injury management) — Out

  • Demar DeRozan (quad) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (rib) — Available

  • Anthony Edwards (hip) — Available

  • Zach LaVine (hand) — In

  • Deandre Ayton (ankle) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (ankle) — Available

  • Myles Turner (back) — Out

  • Kevin Huerter (illness) — Out

  • Kyle Anderson (illness) — Available

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — Out

  • Monte Morris (hamstring) — Out

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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

The Pelicans have an 11-2 record against opponents with bottom-ten point differentials and have limited them to the second-fewest points per 100 possessions (104.4) this season. The Pistons have a 2-16 record against teams with top-ten point differentials and have registered the lowest offensive rating (106.2) against those opponents. New Orleans ranks 6th in point differential (+4.2), and Detroit ranks 28th (-7.6).

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — Out

  • Cory Joseph (personal) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (hand) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Onyeka Okongwu

  • Trae Young (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Clint Capela (calf) — Out

The Hawks have registered the lowest rebound rate (46.4%) in the league with Capela sidelined for 11 of the last 12 games. However, a matchup against a Pacers team that has posted the fifth-lowest rebounding rate (48.5%) this season and could be without Myles Turner (back) could negate what has been Atlanta's most significant weakness lately.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Andrew Nembhard, Chris Duarte, Bennedict Mathurin, Buddy Hield, Isaiah Jackson

  • Myles Turner (back) — Out

  • Aaron Nesmith (illness) — Out

  • Oshae Brissett (hamstring) — Available

  • Tyrese Haliburton (elbow, knee) — Injured

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

Nembhard likely assumes lead facilitating duties during Haliburton's absence, though TJ McConnell should play additional minutes with the starters and split distributing responsibilities. With Haliburton off the floor this season, Bennedict Mathurin (31.0%), Turner (24.9%), and Hield (22.4%) lead the Pacers in usage, while McConnell (42.1%) and Nembhard (27.9%) have logged the highest assist rates in the team.

New York Knicks News

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

Barrett's minutes and offensive role weren't restricted at all as he returned from a six-game absence to play 40.9 minutes and lead the team with 27.7% usage Wednesday. As a result, Brunson (24.3%) and Randle (21.1%) logged reduced usage rates.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Goodwin, Corey Kispert, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Kristaps Porzingis (rib) — Available

  • Monte Morris (hamstring) — Out

  • Daniel Gafford (ankle) — Available

  • Vernon Carey Jr. (quad) — Out

  • Johnny Davis (G League) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Injured

Taj Gibson and Anthony Gill's minutes should diminish most if either Porzingis or Gafford return, and the minutes of guards and wings might decline only if Porzingis and Gafford both rejoin the lineup. Delon Wright and Jordan Goodwin will likely absorb Morris' minutes if he is ruled out.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Jonathan Kuminga (foot) — Injured

  • James Wiseman (ankle) — Injured

  • JaMychal Green (leg) — Injured

NBA teams very rarely play in football stadiums, but college basketball teams shot just 33.0% from three while playing in football stadiums in the NCAA tournament between the 2004-2005 and 2020-2021 seasons, due in part to altered depth perceptions. The Warriors will be playing in the Alamodome and have scored the highest percentage of their points from three (41.5%) this season.

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

The Warriors have recorded the worst winning percentage (15.8%) and allowed the second-most points per 100 possessions (121.4) on the road this season. The Spurs anticipate playing in front of at least 63,592 people in the Alamodome on Friday, setting a record for the largest home crowd in NBA history.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Isaiah Joe (illness) — Out

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Ousmane Dieng (wrist) — Injured

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Demar DeRozan (quad) — Out

  • Zach LaVine (hand) — In

  • Tony Bradley (conditioning) — Out

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

LaVine averaged 35.5 points on a 69.0 eFG% during the last four games, including 38 points on 36.7% usage with DeRozan sidelined Wednesday. Vucevic scored 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting, secured 15 rebounds, and registered four assists with DeRozan unavailable for one game against the Thunder last season.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Duane Washington Jr., Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Dario Saric, Deandre Ayton

  • Chris Paul (hip) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (ankle) — Available

  • Landry Shamet (hip) — Out

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Injured

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Injured

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Usage would decline across the lineup, while the guards and Saric could be charged with facilitating less of the offense if Ayton is cleared to return. Ayton led the Suns with six assists with Paul sidelined Sunday, and he had the second-most touches (64.0) on the team as he acted as more of an offensive hub.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • Anthony Edwards (hip) — Available

  • Kyle Anderson (illness) — Available

  • Taurean Prince (ankle) — Available

  • Wendell Moore Jr. (G League) — Available

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Edwards' hip has only worsened since he injured it on December 30th, and he could miss his first game of the season against a shorthanded Suns team after playing through it has seemingly prevented recovery. Russell and Jaylen Nowell, in particular, would be tasked with generating additional offense in that event.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Jalen Suggs (ankle) — Available

  • Jonathan Isaac (G League) — Out

  • RJ Hampton (G League) — Out

  • Kevon Harris (G League) — Out

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Injured

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Jordan Clarkson, Malik Beasley, Lauri Markkanen, Walker Kessler

  • Collin Sexton (hamstring) — Said he'll play

  • Mike Conley (rest) — Out

  • Talen Horton-Tucker (ankle) — Available

  • Udoka Azubuike (health protocols) — Out

  • Leandro Bolmaro (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Micah Potter (G League) — Out

  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) — Injured

The Magic have a 6-14 record and have scored the second-fewest points per 100 possessions (107.6) on the road this season. However, despite boasting a 13-7 record in Vivint Arena, Utah has allowed the fifth-most points per 100 possessions at home (115.1) thus far.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Nikola Jokic (injury management) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (ankle) — Available

  • Bruce Brown (calf) — Available

  • Peyton Watson (adductor) — Injured

  • Jeff Green (hand, finger) — Injured

DeAndre Jordan and Zeke Nnaji should assume most center minutes, though Gordon could log some time at the five if Jokic is sidelined against the Clippers. Murray, Brown, and Gordon would act as lead facilitators in that event. With Jokic off the floor this season, Murray (+7.2%), Bones Hyland (+5.6%), and Brown (+3.8%) have recorded the highest usage differentials on the Nuggets.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Terance Mann, Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Paul George (hamstring) — Out

  • Luke Kennard (calf) — Out

Reggie Jackson was out of the rotation Tuesday, and John Wall has averaged just 18.6 minutes as coach Lue has deployed a defense-oriented lineup during the last two games. Leonard and Norman Powell should continue to generate more of the offense if Wall and Jackson continue to be utilized less as George and Kennard remain sidelined.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Out

  • TyTy Washington (G League) — Out

Sengun acted as an offensive hub after Porter Jr. left Wednesday and led Houston with 10 assists. Although Green and Gordon might handle more of the facilitating responsibilities as they should again claim increased usage, Sengun could play a similar role in a rematch with the Kings.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Kevin Huerter (conditioning) — Out

Sabonis and Fox led Sacramento with nine assists, while the five Kings who scored 16 or more points logged effective field goal percentages of 50.0% or higher in their 135-115 home win over the Rockets on Wednesday. The Kings shot 19-for-48 (39.6%) from downtown and could again shoot a higher volume of threes against a Rockets defense that has allowed the most three-point attempts (39.5) and made threes (14.4) per game this season.