NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/19

Jan 19th 2024

Ryan Schwepfinger

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

  • Trae Young (illness) — Out

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles) — In

  • Pascal Siakam (acquired) — Available

  • Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) — Available

  • Anfernee Simons (illness) — Out

  • Mikal Bridges (shin) — In

  • Aaron Gordon (shoulder) — Available

  • Zach Collins (ankle) — In

  • Jaime Jaquez Jr. (groin) — Out

  • Aaron Nesmith (leg) — Available

  • Andrew Nembhard (back) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (knee) — In

  • Brandon Miller (back) — Available

  • Nick Richards (ankle) — Out

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San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Julian Champagnie, Jeremy Sochan, Zach Collins

  • Victor Wembanyama (rest) — Out

  • Zach Collins (ankle) — In

  • Sidy Cissoko (ankle) — Out

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Wembanyama will rest on the front end of a back-to-back Friday. He'll return to the lineup on Saturday in Washington, where he'll face off against his old Metropolitans 92 teammate, Bilal Coulibaly. Zach Collins is questionable to return after missing nine games and would likely start for Wembanyama if he is able to play, but he could be limited.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges, PJ Washington

  • Brandon Miller (back) — Available

  • Nick Richards (ankle) — Out

  • Bryce McGowens (hip) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (calf) — Injured

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Danuel House (back) — Not on injury report

  • Jaden Springer (ankle) — Out

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

  • Mo Bamba (knee) — Out

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Caleb Houstan, Chuma Okeke, Paolo Banchero, Goga Bitadze

  • Franz Wagner (ankle) — Out

  • Gary Harris (calf) — Out

Fultz has a good chance to return to the Magic's starting lineup at point guard after playing 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday. He's only played as a reserve since returning from an extended absence, but has seen his minutes increase in three straight appearances. Wendell Carter Jr. is in a similar situation, and could draw the start over Bitadze. When asked if both players were close to returning to the starting lineup, Jamahl Mosley said "I'm just going to go back to whatever the game is telling me."

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Aaron Gordon (shoulder) — Available

  • Julian Strawther (knee) — Injured

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — Available

  • Derrick White (ankle) — Not on injury report

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Dejounte Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Saddiq Bey, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela

  • Trae Young (illness) — Out

  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — Out

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Injured

  • Vit Krejci (shoulder) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

Young is hoping to avoid his third missed game of the season. He's played in 19 straight, dating back to his last absence on December 8. If he can't play, Dejounte Murray would assume the alpha role for the Hawks' offense. In Young's two missed games this year, Murray has scored an average of 26.0 points, a significant increase over the 20.7 he's averaged with Young in the lineup.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyler Herro, Caleb Martin, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo

  • Jaime Jaquez Jr. (groin) — Out

  • Duncan Robinson (ankle) — Available

  • Kevin Love (knee) — Available

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Bol Bol (foot) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Matt Ryan (elbow) — Injured

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Pascal Siakam, Myles Turner

  • Pascal Siakam (acquired) — Available

  • Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) — Available

  • Aaron Nesmith (leg) — Available

  • Obi Toppin (calf) — Available

  • Bennedict Mathurin (ankle) — Available

  • Andrew Nembhard (back) — Out

  • Isaiah Jackson (concussion) — Out

Indiana is the only team on the second half of a back-to-back on Friday. It's been reported that Siakam is expected to join the team in Portland and make his Pacers debut in this game. Haliburton was reported as less likely to play, but could receive at least a questionable tag after getting one Thursday on the front end.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Malcolm Brogdon, Matisse Thybulle, Jabari Walker, Jerami Grant, Deandre Ayton

  • Anfernee Simons (illness) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (knee) — In

  • Matisse Thybulle (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Shaedon Sharpe (abdomen) — Injured

  • Moses Brown (wrist) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Assuming the ice has been successfully cleared from his neighborhood, Ayton is likely to return to the lineup and start after a 12-game absence, although he's listed probable with the knee injury that cost him the first 11. Malcolm Brogdon and Jabari Walker were both surprising starters in a lineup change for Chauncey Billups on Wednesday, and could remain in the first five after Portland pulled off a two-point win over Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Mikal Bridges (shin) — In

  • Dariq Whitehead (foot) — Injured

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

  • Day'Ron Sharpe (knee) — Injured

Bridges left Wednesday's game briefly with the shin injury that has him listed probable Friday. He has played in all 432 games to start his NBA career, and his ironman streak should live to see 433.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles) — In

  • Cam Reddish (knee) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

Davis' probable tag is notable as he is listed with a new injury, bilateral Achilles tendinopathy. He had previously been listed as probable for several weeks with a sprained left ankle and bone bruise. Still, he's played in 16 straight games, and has a good chance to make it 17 on Friday.