NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/22

Jan 22nd 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (shoulder) — Available

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Active

  • Anthony Edwards (illness) — In

  • Jrue Holiday (elbow) — Not on injury report

  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — Out

  • Cade Cunningham (knee) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (ankle) — In

  • Nick Richards (ankle) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Mike Conley (rest) — Out

  • Grayson Allen (knee) — Available

  • Dante Exum (heel) — Out

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — Available

  • Xavier Tillman (knee) — Available

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Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Malik Beasley, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (shoulder) — Available

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Kevin Knox, Jalen Duren

  • Cade Cunningham (knee) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (ankle) — In

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Out

While Cunningham and Morris are likely to miss Monday's game, the fact that they were both given doubtful tags as opposed to immediately being ruled out suggests they are both nearing a return. Cunningham is averaging a career-best 22.8 points and 7.3 assists per game in his third NBA season. Meanwhile, if Morris can return to the lineup and demonstrate health, he could be an additional trade piece for a rebuilding Detroit team. He is one of six Pistons that will be unrestricted free agents this summer.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Donovan Mitchell, Max Strus, Isaac Okoro, Dean Wade, Jarrett Allen

  • Caris LeVert (wrist) — Out

  • Darius Garland (jaw) — Injured

  • Evan Mobley (knee) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

The Cavaliers have gone 12-3 since December 16, the first game they played without both Garland and Evan Mobley. Over that span, Donovan Mitchell has averaged 28.4 points, 7.3 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game, while Jarrett Allen has averaged 18.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per contest.

Cleveland is also carrying an active seven-game winning streak into Monday's game at Orlando, making them the hottest team in the NBA.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Markelle Fultz (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Jonathan Isaac (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Gary Harris (calf) — Out

Wagner returned Sunday after an eight-game absence with a sprained right ankle. The Magic also shook up their starting lineup by returning Fultz and Carter Jr. to the first five. The overall rotation also changed in a big way, as recent starters Chuma Okeke, Caleb Houstan, and Goga Bitadze all either did not play or had minimal roles.

Orlando has the easiest remaining schedule in the NBA, which is notable with the team returning to full health at the right time.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Julian Champagnie, Jeremy Sochan, Victor Wembanyama

  • Zach Collins (ankle) — Available

  • Sidy Cissoko (ankle) — Out

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Patrick Beverley (illness) — Out

  • Marcus Morris (foot) — Out

  • Jaden Springer (ankle) — Out

  • Mo Bamba (knee) — Out

  • Kenneth Lofton Jr. (shoulder) — Out

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Luke Kennard, John Konchar, Vince Williams, Aldama, Jaren Jackson Jr.

  • Xavier Tillman (knee) — Available

  • Desmond Bane (ankle) — Injured

  • Jake LaRavia (ankle) — Injured

  • Marcus Smart (finger) — Injured

  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (shoulder) — Out for season

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Immanuel Quickley, Gary Trent Jr., RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes, Jontay Porter

  • Jakob Poeltl (ankle) — Injured

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Active

  • Nick Richards (ankle) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (calf) — Injured

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

If Ball misses a second straight game with a sore right ankle, Rozier would likely once again slide over to point guard, opening up a starting spot for Cody Martin on the wing. Rozier has been phenomenal without Ball this year, averaging 24.7 points, 7.3 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game in 19 contests without LaMelo. However, he won't find it easy against a Minnesota team that remains atop the league in defensive efficiency with a 108.5 rating, 1.8 points per 100 possessions better than second-place Boston.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Anthony Edwards (illness) — In

  • Mike Conley (rest) — Out

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Jrue Holiday (elbow) — Not on injury report

  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — Out

  • Oshae Brissett (back) — Out

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, Derrick Jones Jr., Dereck Lively II

  • Josh Green (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Dante Exum (heel) — Out

  • Seth Curry (ankle) — Out

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Andre Drummond (back) — Available

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — Available

  • Zach LaVine (ankle) — Injured

  • Torrey Craig (foot) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

In the first game of LaVine's expected one-two week absence, Williams returned to the starting lineup. DeRozan and Coby White combined for 34 shots in a blowout win over Memphis. DeRozan averages 23.3 points per game when LaVine misses this season, up from 20.9 with him in the lineup. White, however, sees the biggest jump of any Bull without LaVine, scoring 22.1 points per game without him vs. 15.9 with him.

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Grayson Allen (knee) — Available

  • Eric Gordon (wrist) — Out

  • Bol Bol (foot) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Trae Young (concussion protocol) — Out

  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — Out

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Injured

  • Vit Krejci (calf) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

Young is in concussion protocol and will miss out on Monday after leaving Saturday's game early. One day earlier, when Young was out with an illness, Bogdanovic started and played 35 minutes in his place. Murray has a 29.7% usage rate when Young is off the court this season; when the two are on the court together, Murray's usage rate is 22.6%.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Sasha Vezenkov (ankle) — Available