NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/29

Jan 29th 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) — Out

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) — Available

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles) — Available

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Donovan Mitchell (groin) — In

  • Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) — Out

  • Tyrese Maxey (ankle) — Out

  • Tobias Harris (illness) — In

  • Vince Williams (knee) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Available

  • Jusuf Nurkic (thumb) — Available

  • Evan Mobley (knee) — In

  • Mike Conley (hamstring) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (knee) — In

  • Luke Kennard (knee) — Out

  • John Konchar (ankle) — Out

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (wrist) — Out

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Los Angeles Clippers News

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

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — Injured

  • Moussa Diabate (hand) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Donovan Mitchell, Max Strus, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Donovan Mitchell (groin) — In

  • Evan Mobley (knee) — In

  • Tristan Thompson — Suspended

  • Darius Garland (jaw) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

Mobley has been sidelined since December 8th, missing 22 consecutive games. The Cavs have gone 15-7 since he went down. Mobley is one of the best defensive players in the league, and his expected return should only help the Cavs on that end of the floor. It's worth noting, however, that since Mobley has been injured, Cleveland's 110.3 Defensive Rating has been the best of any team. Before his injury, the Cavs' 111.1 Defensive Rating ranked ninth league-wide. Cleveland is set to face the Clippers, who have the league's top Offensive Rating (125.5) in January and have won 16 of their last 20 contests.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, Precious Achiuwa, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • OG Anunoby (elbow) — Out

  • Evan Fournier (personal) — Out

  • Julius Randle (Shoulder) — Injured

  • Mitchell Robinson (ankle) — Injured

Randle suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the previous outing. He has since had imaging done, but the Knicks have yet to release the results of his MRI. During his postgame press conference following that outing, coach Thibodeau mentioned that he was "very" concerned about Randle's injury. Randle has not missed a game this season and has a team-high 28.7% usage rate. The Knicks are in the midst of a six-game winning streak, and they'll now face Charlotte, whose -15.2 Net Rating over the last 10 games has been the worst of any team. Brunson is expected to garner increased usage, while Hart will likely have an elevated role on both ends of the floor.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Brandon Miller, Cody Martin, Miles Bridges, PJ Washington, Nick Richards

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Frank Ntilikina (hip) — Available

  • Kyle Lowry (acquired) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (calf) — Injured

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Matt Ryan (elbow) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) — Out

  • Al Horford (neck) — Available

  • Luke Kornet (hamstring) — Out

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Jusuf Nurkic (thumb) — Available

  • Bol Bol (foot) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Haywood Highsmith, Bam Adebayo

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Kris Dunn, Collin Sexton, Simone Fontecchio, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Cam Thomas, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Nic Claxton

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Available

  • Cam Johnson (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Dorian Finney-Smith (ankle) — Out

  • Day'Ron Sharpe (knee) — Injured

  • Dariq Whitehead (shin) — Out for season

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles) — Available

  • Cam Reddish (ankle) — Injured

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

Since re-entering the starting lineup eight games ago, Russell has averaged 27.5 points and 6.4 assists per contest, and the Lakers have won five of those eight outings. Before the lineup adjustment, Los Angeles had the eighth-worst Offensive Rating (112.0) in the league. Since Russell rejoined the starting unit, their 120.8 Offensive Rating has been the fifth-best league-wide. Russell's 25.5% usage rate over that time has been the third-highest of any Lakers rotational player, trailing only James and Davis's respective rates of 30.4% and 25.7%.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Jalen Green, Dillon Brooks, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Jabari Smith Jr. (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Mike Conley (hamstring) — Out

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Tre Mann (not with team) — Not on injury report

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Sasha Vezenkov (ankle) — Out

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Scotty Pippen Jr., David Roddy, Santi Aldama, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman

  • Vince Williams (knee) — Out

  • John Konchar (ankle) — Out

  • Ziaire Williams (hand) — Out

  • 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

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Jordan Poole, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Daniel Gafford

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Zach Collins (ankle) — Out

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Jonathan Isaac, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Jonathan Isaac (injury maintenance) — Not on injury report

  • Markelle Fultz (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Gary Harris (calf) — Out

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Josh Green, Tim Hardaway Jr., Grant Williams, Dereck Lively II

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Available

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (wrist) — Out

  • Dante Exum (knee) — Out

  • Dwight Powell (eye) — Available

  • Kyrie Irving (thumb) — Out

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Available

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) — Available

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Julian Strawther (knee) — Injured

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Patrick Beverley, Kelly Oubre, Tobias Harris, Nicolas Batum, Paul Reed

  • Mo Bamba (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Out

  • Tyrese Maxey (ankle) — Out

  • Tobias Harris (illness) — In

  • Kenneth Lofton Jr. (personal) — Out

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

Embiid was a late scratch in the previous outing in which the 76ers lost to the Nuggets. Philadelphia was also without Maxey and Harris in that contest. They'll hope to have all three players back against the Trail Blazers, who will be playing their second game in as many days. Portland has struggled against centers, as the position group has averaged 23.8 points per game against them, the seventh-most league-wide. In the Blazers' loss to the Bulls on Sunday night, Nikola Vucevic and Andre Drummond scored 14 and 15 points, respectively.

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Malcolm Brogdon (knee) — In

  • Shaedon Sharpe (abdominal) — Injured

  • Moses Brown (wrist) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season