NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/17

Jan 17th 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

  • Kyrie Irving (calf) — Out

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • Paul George (hamstring) — In

  • Jamal Murray (foot, ankle) — Available

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Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Dalano Banton (hip) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

The Raptors registered a lowly 43.5% rebound rate in their 104-101 road overtime loss to the Bucks earlier in the month. Coach Nurse stuck with his smaller starting lineup for much of that contest, but he could be forced to use different personnel to avoid repeating that performance in the rematch.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Out

  • Joe Ingles (injury management)— Not on injury report

  • Serge Ibaka (personal) — Out

With Antetokounmpo sidelined for the last three games, Holiday has led the Bucks with 25.1% usage and a 53.3% assist rate, while Portis has recorded 23.7% usage and a 22.6% defensive rebound rate. Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 30 points, 21 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 104-101 overtime win against Toronto with Holiday and Middleton sidelined earlier in the month.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Nic Claxton

  • Kyrie Irving (calf) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Not on injury report

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

Simmons has led the Nets with a 40.4% assist rate, and Curry's 30.2% usage has led the team with Irving and Kevin Durant (knee) off the floor this season.

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Doug McDermott (back) — Available

  • Blake Wesley (G League) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

Jones has assumed a more prominent offensive role in Vassell's absence. He has posted a 24.5% usage rate in the five games he has played with Johnson since it was announced that Vassell would undergo surgery.

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Gary Payton II (adductor, hip) — Available

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

Lillard has averaged 35.0 points while recording 28.6% usage and a 67.5 eFG% in three games against Denver this season. He has also been playing extremely well lately, averaging 38.0 points on 34.0% usage and a 61.1 eFG% during the last five games.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Jamal Murray (foot, ankle) — Available

  • Bones Hyland (ankle) — Available

  • Vlatko Cancar (leg) — Available

  • Peyton Watson (adductor) — Injured

  • Jeff Green (hand, finger) — Injured

The Nuggets have gone 13-2 and recorded the second-best defensive rating (110.2) during their last 15 games. A big part of their success has been limiting opponents to the lowest three-point percentage (31.3%) and made threes per game (10.1) in the league during that time. However, their perimeter defense will be tested against a Trail Blazers team that made 13.7 threes per game on 36.7% from downtown during their first three matchups.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • De'Anthony Melton (illness) — Available

Tyrese Maxey's minutes had previously been staggered from the rest of the starters, and coach Rivers said it was Maxey's idea to come off the bench to further anchor the second unit. Maxey played 32.6 minutes as he closed both halves Sunday, and could assume a more significant offensive role as he shares the floor less with Embiid and Harden.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Paul George (hamstring) — In

  • Marcus Morris (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Luke Kennard (calf) — Out

  • Brandon Boston (G League) — Out

  • Moussa Diabate (G League) — Out

  • John Wall (abdominal) — Injured

Mann led the Clippers with a career-high 31 points and four assists in their 121-100 win over the Rockets on Sunday. However, while Mann should continue to be given additional opportunities during Wall's absence, that performance will prove to be an outlier. He logged 17.3% usage while recording a 90.6 eFG% en route to 31 points, and his role could be diminished once George rejoins the lineup.