NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/3

Jan 3rd 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Available

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (illness) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Available

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — Available

  • Kevin Huerter (back) — Available

  • Robert Williams (injury management) — Out

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Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Available

  • Taj Gibson (groin) — Out

The Wizards have scored the fourth-most points in the paint per game (56.4) in their last ten matches after scoring the 15th-most (50.1) in their first 28 contests. Conversely, the Bucks have allowed the sixth-most points in the paint per game (53.6) in their last ten matches after limiting opponents to fourth-least (46.8) in their first 26 games.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Available

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — Available

  • George Hill (illness) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Injured

The Bucks have recorded the worst offensive rating in the league (105.8) as they have gone 1-5 in their past six games. They have logged the second-worst three-point percentage (30.2%) and the second-fewest assists per game (20.7) during that time. Holiday being expected to return from a three-game absence should help Milwaukee correct course.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Robert Williams (injury management) — Out

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

The Thunder have the sixth-worst point differential (-2.6), and the Celtics have the best point differential (+7.4) in the league. Oklahoma City has a 3-14 record against teams with a top-ten point differential. Boston has a 9-3 record against teams with a bottom-ten point differential.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Aaron Wiggins, Kenrich Williams

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (illness) — Out

  • Eugene Omoruyi (G League) — Out

  • Lindy Waters (G League) — Out

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Ousmane Dieng (wrist) — Injured

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Giddey (24.9%), Dort (24.9%), and Mann (24.3%) have recorded the highest usage rates on the Thunder with Gilgeous-Alexander off the floor this season. Giddey (29.1%) and Jalen Williams (21.3%) have logged the highest assist rates on the team with Gilgeous-Alexander off the court.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Kevin Huerter (back) — Available

  • Malik Monk (shoulder) — Available

Fox (27.4%) and Huerter (26.0%) led the Kings starters in usage, and Huerter scored a career-high 30 points in Sacramento's home 126-125 win over Utah last Friday. Sabonis scored 28 points, secured 11 rebounds, and notched eight assists while shooting a perfect 12-for-12 from the field.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Jarred Vanderbilt, Kelly Olynyk

  • Collin Sexton (hamstring) — Injured

Markkanen scored 36 points on 32.9% usage despite shooting one-for-seven from three in Utah's 126-125 road loss to Sacramento last Friday. The Jazz (119.8) and Kings (119.0) have recorded two of the league's worst six defensive ratings in their previous nine matches.