NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/3

Jan 3rd 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

  • LeBron James (illness) — In

  • Anthony Davis (ankle) — In

  • Anfernee Simons (illness) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (knee, wrist) — Available

  • Coby White (ankle) — Available

  • Bruce Brown (knee) — Available

  • Andrew Nembhard (back) — Out

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — In

  • Cole Anthony (quad) — Out

  • Dante Exum (heel) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Out

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Washington Wizards News

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

  • Danilo Gallinari (back) — Available

Cleveland Cavaliers News

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

  • Evan Mobley (knee) — Injured

  • Darius Garland (jaw) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio — NWT

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Khris Middleton (knee, wrist) — Available

  • Pat Connaughton (illness) — Available

  • AJ Green (nose) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (adductor) — Injured

Middleton has consistently sat out of one leg of back-to-back sets this season, and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday against the Pacers. The Bucks haven't struggled sans Middleton, as they've won four of the five games he's missed. After starting the season a bit slow, Middleton has stepped up his game recently, scoring 20 or more points in four of his last five appearances. If he sits, Lillard will likely be more involved in the offense, as he's seen a +4.9% usage rate increase in games without Middleton available.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Bruce Brown, Aaron Nesmith, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner

  • Bruce Brown (knee) — Available

  • Andrew Nembhard (back) — Out

Brown has missed the previous five outings but could return from his extended absence. His final status is critical as the Pacers will need his defensive prowess against the Bucks, whose 126.1 Offensive Rating in December was the league's best. The Pacers' season-long Offensive Rating of 122.2 is the best of any team, but they also give up 124.4 points per contest, the second-most league-wide. Indiana won four of the last five outings sans Brown.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Saddiq Bey, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela

  • Seth Lundy (ankle) — Available

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (back) — Out

  • Lonnie Walker (hamstring) — Injured

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Jalen Green, Jae'Sean Tate, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Out

  • Dillon Brooks (oblique) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Immanuel Quickley, RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl

  • Otto Porter Jr. (knee) — Out

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Marcus Smart, Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier TIllman

  • Vince Williams (foot) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Trey Murphy III (knee) — Out

  • Matt Ryan (elbow) — Injured

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Luka Garza (back) — Out

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Andre Drummond

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — In

  • Coby White (ankle) — Available

  • Onuralp Bitim (nose) — Out

  • Torrey Craig (foot) — Injured

  • Nikola Vucevic (groin) — Injured

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, OG Anunoby, Julius Randle, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • Malachi Flynn (ankle) — Out

  • Mitchell Robinson (ankle) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Scoot Henderson, Anfernee Simons, Toumani Camara, Jerami Grant, Ibou Badji

  • Anfernee Simons (illness) — Available

  • Toumani Camara (knee) — Available

  • Duop Reath (back) — Available

  • Moses Brown (wrist) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (knee) — Out

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

The Blazers have had lengthy injury reports recently, but some key players are starting to get healthier. Simons is scoring a career-high 27.1 points per game, and if he can return, he'll have a tough matchup against the Mavericks. Dallas is giving up the fifth-fewest points per contest to point guards this season, which could result in Grant being relied upon a bit more. However, Simons did play well in the Blazers' most recent game against the Mavericks, as he and Grant combined for 60 points.

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Dante Exum (heel) — Out

  • Richaun Holmes (personal) — Out

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Injured

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Chimezie Metu, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) — Out

  • Nassir Little (knee) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Isaiah Livers, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jalen Duren

  • Isaiah Stewart (toe) — Injured

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

Utah Jazz News

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

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo

  • Josh Richardson (back) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler (foot) — Out

  • Haywood Highsmith (concussion) — Out

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Austin Reaves, Cam Reddish, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (illness) — In

  • Anthony Davis (ankle) — In

  • Cam Reddish (groin) — In

  • D'Angelo Russell (tailbone) — Out

  • Rui Hachimura (calf) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

Before the most recent game, coach Ham noted that James, Prince, Hachimura, Vanderbilt, and Davis would be the starting unit for the "foreseeable future." Hachimura went on to get injured in that game, which resulted in Austin Reaves starting the second half as Reddish was sidelined. The Lakers likely want to keep Reaves in his reserve role, which should mean that Reddish will be reinserted into the starting unit. Reddish has averaged 8.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 20 games as a starter this season. He and the Lakers will face a Heat team that is without Jimmy Butler and could be missing multiple other players.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Goga Bitadze

  • Cole Anthony (quad) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Jonathan Isaac (hamstring) — Out

  • Joe Ingles (ankle) — Out

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Chris Duarte, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis