NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/16

Jan 16th 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

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Nikola Jokic (hip) — In

  • Jamal Murray (leg) — In

  • Aaron Gordon (heel) — In

  • Michael Porter Jr. (knee) — In

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (back) — In

  • Keegan Murray (hip) — Available

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Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Nikola Jokic (hip) — In

  • Jamal Murray (leg) — In

  • Aaron Gordon (heel) — In

  • Michael Porter Jr. (knee) — In

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (back) — In

  • Julian Strawther (knee) — Injured

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

With every Nuggets starter uncertain to play, the latest installment of Jokic versus Embiid could be delayed. The most recent matchup between these two teams came toward the end of last season, but Embiid wasn't available, and the Nuggets won by five. The last time Jokic and Embiid were on the floor against each other was January 28 of last year, when Embiid posted 47 points and 18 rebounds en route to a win. Based on the injury report, there's a real chance that Embiid and the Sixers could see more of the Nuggets' reserves than previously expected.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Kelly Oubre, Tobias Harris, Nicolas Batum, Joel Embiid

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Danuel House (knee) — Out

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Out

  • Mo Bamba (knee) — Out

  • Jaden Springer (ankle) — Out

  • Kenneth Lofton Jr. (shoulder) — Out

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

It appears Embiid will play in the second leg of a back-to-back set, but it's unclear who will be available for Denver, as they've listed all five starters as questionable. Embiid has played incredibly recently, averaging 36.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game over the previous five contests. The last time he faced Jokic and the Nuggets, he scored 47 points and added 18 rebounds. If Jokic is ultimately ruled out, Embiid could see a lot of DeAndre Jordan in the frontcourt. Jordan started and played 33 minutes the last time Jokic missed a game. He also contributed to Ivica Zubac going for 23 points and 14 rebounds in that outing.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Keegan Murray (hip) — Available

Murray was sidelined for four consecutive games in November but hasn't missed an outing since then. He's shooting 40% from three-point range for the second month in a row, and his 17.5 points per contest in January are the most he's averaged in any month this season. If Murray is sidelined for this game, Trey Lyles will likely enter the starting lineup. Lyles hasn't started in an outing since the 2021-2022 campaign, but he's played well when given the opportunity and is converting a career-high 40.2% of his three-point attempts.

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Bol Bol (foot) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (illness) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Mason Plumlee

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — Out

  • Moussa Diabate (hand) — Injured