NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/4

Jan 4th 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

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Out

  • LeBron James (illness) — Out

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Darius Garland (thumb) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — Out

  • Russell Westbrook (foot) — Available

  • Evan Mobley (ankle) — In

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (illness) — Available

  • Gordon Hayward (hamstring) — Out

  • Royce O'Neale (illness) — Available

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Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

  • Desmond Bane (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Tyus Jones (illness) — Available

  • Brandon Clarke (hip) — Out

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Available

  • Santi Aldama (ankle) — Available

  • Jake LaRavia (G League) — Out

  • Kennedy Chandler (G League) — Out

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Adams has snared 17 or more rebounds in the past three games, and he could play increased minutes in the absence of Clarke again. He has averaged 14.7 boards in just 22.0 minutes in his last three matches against the Hornets, including a 19-rebound performance in 21.7 minutes earlier this season.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Jalen McDaniels, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Gordon Hayward (hamstring) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Available

  • Kelly Oubre (hand) — Injured

Ball (11.0), Rozier (5.6), and Washington (5.2) have averaged over five three-point attempts in their last five games, and they should shoulder more of the offensive burden with Hayward expected to join Oubre on the inactive list. Memphis limited opponents to the fewest points in the paint per game (40.1) but allowed the eighth-most made threes per game (13.0) in December.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, Mikal Bridges, Dario Saric, Deandre Ayton

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Injured

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Darius Garland (thumb) — Out

  • Evan Mobley (ankle) — In

  • Dean Wade (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Mitchell scored 71 points on 40.9% usage and a 75.0 eFG% Monday after previously not posting one of the three highest usage differentials on the Cavs in games Garland has missed this season. Cleveland faces a Phoenix team that has registered the fifth-worst defensive rating (119.8) during their last six games.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Ousmane Dieng (wrist) — Injured

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Dort (27.0%), Giddey (25.4%), and Jalen Williams (21.8%) led Oklahoma City starters in usage, and eight out of ten Thunder players recorded an eFG of 55.6% or higher in their 150-117 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Caleb Houstan, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Franz Wagner (suspension) — Out

  • Bol Bol (health protocols) — Out

  • Moe Wagner (suspension) — Out

  • Admiral Schofield (suspension) — Out

  • Kevon Harris (suspension) — Out

  • Jalen Suggs (ankle) — Injured

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Cole Anthony, Terrence Ross, RJ Hampton, and Caleb Houstan project to be the available reserves. Bamba and Carter Jr. could be forced into playing heavy minutes with limited big men available, though Carter Jr. could still face a restriction.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Myles Turner

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Available

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Out

Tyrese Maxey logged a 27.9% usage rate in an increased 26.7 minutes Monday. However, he still looked out of rhythm as he recorded a 39.3 eFG%, and he has shot two-for-eight from three since returning. The offensive roles of the other starters could diminish if coach Rivers re-inserts Maxey into the starting lineup in his third game back.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Romeo Langford, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Out

  • Keita Bates-Diop (illness) — Out

  • Blake Wesley (G League) — Out

The Knicks boast the fifth-best defensive rating (111.1) and have allowed the fewest points in the paint per game (40.4) during their last ten matches. Conversely, the Spurs have scored the second-highest percent of their points in the paint (49.8%) in the league during their previous ten games.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • Derrick Rose (knee)— Available

  • Obi Toppin (knee) — Available

  • RJ Barrett (finger) — Injured

Randle's production remained elevated against the Suns despite Brunson returning Monday, scoring 28 points with 16 rebounds and six assists on 29.8% usage. Brunson led the team with 30.9% usage. The Knicks will remain increasingly reliant on Randle and Brunson until Barrett returns.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — Out

  • Joe Ingles (conditioning) — Out

  • George Hill (illness) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Injured

Antetokounmpo has averaged 47.7 points, 31.3 points in the paint, 17.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists during his last three games. The Raptors have allowed the 12th least points in the paint per game (49.4) but have recorded the third-worst rebounding rate (47.0%) in their last ten matches.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

The Bucks are 3-0 and have allowed the fewest points per 100 possessions (103.1) on the second game of a back-to-back set this season. The Raptors are 4-6 against teams playing on zero days of rest and have allowed those opponents to record the 11th-best offensive rating (114.9) during those matches.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Royce O'Neale, Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton

  • Royce O'Neale (illness) — Available

  • Markieff Morris (illness) — Available

The Nets have scored the second-most fast break points per game (20.0) in their last ten matches. Conversely, the Bulls have limited opponents to the second-fewest fast break points per game (10.3) in their last ten contests.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Andre Drummond (shoulder) — Available

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (eye) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Out

  • Dalen Terry (knee) — Available

  • Tony Bradley (personal) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Jusuf Nurkic (illness) — Available

  • Gary Payton II (ankle) — Out

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

  • Nassir Little (hip) — Injured

Lillard has averaged 37.0 points and 7.0 made threes per game on 34.1% usage and a 67.4 eFG% in two matchups against the Timberwolves last month. Nurkic averaged 15.5 rebounds in 25.7 minutes during those two contests despite Rudy Gobert being available.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • D'Angelo Russell (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Naz Reid (back) — Out

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Available

  • Bryn Forbes (shoulder) — Out

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Russell led the Timberwolves in points per game (23.5), usage (28.4%), and assist rate (22.4%) during their two matchups with the Trail Blazers last month. Gobert averaged 20.0 points and 14.5 rebounds while logging an increased 20.3% usage rate during those contests. He has averaged 19.0 points and 17.0 rebounds in his last six games against Portland while Jusuf Nurkic has been available.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

Porter Jr. averaged 8.4 three-point attempts per game and connected on 42.9% of those tries during the last five contests. He attempted 5.8 threes per game and shot 31.5% from downtown during his first 31 games.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Naji Marshall, Trey Murphy, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Larry Nance Jr. (shoulder) — Out

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Injured

The Pelicans played a back-to-back set less than two weeks ago with Ingram and Williamson sidelined while Murphy was available. McCollum led starters with 30.8% usage and a 40.0% assist rate. Marshall averaged 29.4 minutes per game, and Jose Alvarado averaged 23.5 minutes.

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Marvin Bagley (hand) — Injured

  • Isaiah Livers (shoulder) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Coach Casey opted to stagger Duren and Stewart's minutes instead of utilizing Nerlens Noel on the second unit during Bagley's recent two-game absence. Saddiq Bey and Alec Burks played more significant bench roles as they absorbed much of Bagley's minutes.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Poole, Donte DiVincenzo, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) — Out

  • Jonathan Kuminga (foot) — Out

  • Patrick Baldwin Jr. (ankle) — Available

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

  • James Wiseman (ankle) — Injured

  • JaMychal Green (leg) — Injured

  • Stephen Curry (shoulder) — Injured

Thompson had averaged 28.0 points on 26.2% usage in his last three games before scoring 54 points on 21-for-39 shooting in Monday's double-overtime win. He and Poole should continue to play heightened offensive roles against a Pistons team that allowed opponents to shoot the sixth-highest three-point percentage (37.1%) in December.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

  • Caleb Martin (quad) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Available

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — Available

  • Udonis Haslem (Achilles) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (finger) — Injured

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

The Heat have scored the most points off turnovers per game (20.5) in their last ten matches. The Lakers have allowed opponents to score the seventh-most points off turnovers per game (18.5) in their last ten contests.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverley, Austin Reaves, Toscano-Anderson, Thomas Bryant

  • LeBron James (illness) — Out

  • Russell Westbrook (foot) — Available

  • Lonnie Walker (knee) — Out

  • Max Christie (G League) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Injured

With James and Davis off the court this season, Westbrook (33.7%), Nunn (30.4%), and Schroder (24.4%) have led the Lakers in usage, while Westbrook (46.2%) and Schroder (20.2%) have logged the highest assist rates.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Onyeka Okongwu

  • Clint Capela (calf) — Out

Frank Kaminsky has been utilized for a total of 12 minutes in the past four games as Collins' and Okongwu's minutes have been increasingly staggered. That has caused the rebounding rates for Collins and Okongwu to increase, in addition to creating additional minutes for reserve guards and wings.

Sacramento Kings News

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