NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/28

Jan 28th 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

  • Bradley Beal (nose) — Available

  • Anfernee Simons (rib) — In

  • Dejounte Murray (hamstring) — Out

  • Cade Cunningham (injury management) — Out

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — Out

  • Myles Turner (back) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (thumb) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (back) — Available

  • Malcolm Brogdon (knee) — In

  • Jakob Poeltl (ankle) — Out

  • Jontay Porter (eye) — Available

  • Jabari Walker (knee) — In

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Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Olivier Sarr (hip) — Not on injury report

  • Tre Mann (not with team) — Out

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart, Jalen Duren

  • Cade Cunningham (injury management) — Out

  • Monte Morris (injury management) — Available

After an eight-game absence, Cunningham made his return in the first leg of a back-to-back set on Saturday, and he didn't appear to be limited. He played 35 minutes, totaling 20 points and 12 assists, albeit against one of the worst defensive teams league-wide in the Wizards. Cunningham and the Pistons will now face the Thunder, who rank in the league's top five in Offensive (119.7) and Defensive Rating (111.0).

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: John Konchar, Vince Williams, David Roddy, Santi Aldama, Jaren Jackson Jr.

  • Luke Kennard (knee) — Out

  • 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

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Pascal Siakam, Jalen Smith

  • Myles Turner (back) — Out

  • TJ McConnell (personal) — Out

  • Jalen Smith (back) — Available

  • Tyrese Haliburton (injury management) — Out

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Bruce Brown, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, Thaddeus Young

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — Out

  • Jakob Poeltl (ankle) — Out

  • Jontay Porter (eye) — Available

  • Immanuel Quickley (quad) — Out

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Saddiq Bey, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela

  • Dejounte Murray (hamstring) — Out

  • Bruno Fernando (back) — Out

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Injured

  • Vit Krejci (shoulder) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Drew Eubanks

  • Bradley Beal (nose) — Available

  • Jusuf Nurkic (thumb) — Out

  • Bol Bol (foot) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Beal was diagnosed with a nasal fracture after suffering the initial injury in Friday's loss. If he is ruled out, Durant could revert to the increased-usage role he had earlier in the season. In games that Beal has missed, Durant has seen a +5.0% usage rate increase and has averaged 20.0 field goal attempts per game. The Suns will face the Magic, who have lost seven of their last 10 games. Phoenix faced Orlando one time this season and won by five points, and Sunday's game will be the two teams' final meeting of the regular season.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Jalen Suggs (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Gary Harris (calf) — Out

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — Out

  • Zach LaVine (ankle) — Injured

  • Torrey Craig (foot) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Malcolm Brogdon, Anfernee Simons, Jerami Grant, Jabari Walker, Deandre Ayton

  • Anfernee Simons (rib) — In

  • Malcolm Brogdon (knee) — In

  • Jerami Grant (back) — Available

  • Scoot Henderson (quad) — Available

  • Jabari Walker (knee) — In

  • Shaedon Sharpe (abdominal) — Injured

  • Moses Brown (wrist) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

The Trail Blazers have lost three of their last four games as they continue a tough season. Portland is already dealing with a few extended absences, and they'll now have tons of uncertainty regarding starter availability on Sunday. They'll face the Bulls, who have won half of their outings this month but are currently riding a two-game skid. Chicago allows the fewest points per contest (21.4) to point guards, so Simons will have a tough matchup if he is made available.