NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/4

Jan 4th 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

  • Khris Middleton (knee, wrist) — In

  • Malaki Branham (ankle) — Out

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Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Khris Middleton (knee, wrist) — In

  • AJ Green (nose) — Not on injury report

  • Jae Crowder (adductor) — Injured

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Malaki Branham (ankle) — Out

  • Doug McDermott (forearm) — Out

  • Zach Collins (ankle) — Injured

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Branham suffered his injury in the first quarter of the previous outing, and he's not expected to be available against the Bucks. Jones will likely start and handle most of the on-ball responsibilities after Branham started at point guard in the last 13 games. If Jones does get the start, he'll have an enticing matchup against the Bucks, as point guards have scored the fourth-most points per contest (26.6) against Milwaukee this season. In their previous game against the Bucks, San Antonio lost by 13, but they were without Wembanyama, who is available on Thursday.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Reggie Jackson (calf) — Probable

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney

  • Draymond Green (suspension) — Out

  • Gary Payton II (hamstring) — Injured

Payton II returned from a 13-game absence due to a calf ailment and suffered another injury in his second game back. He is set to miss several weeks, which will hamper the depth of a Warriors team already ranked 11th in the Western Conference. Payton II averages 16.3 minutes per contest, and in his absence, Brandin Podziemski and Andrew Wiggins will likely have even bigger roles off the bench. Moses Moody could also have a more important role among the team's available reserves.