NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/6

Jan 6th 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

  • Tobias Harris (ankle) — Out

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Out

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Available

  • Andrew Nembhard (back) — Out

  • Bruce Brown (knee) — Out

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Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Kristaps Porzingis

The Celtics have faced the Pacers twice this season and split those games. Now, they'll face them in each of the next two outings. In the most recent meeting between these teams, Indiana won by double digits, but Boston was without Porzingis, who has sat out of one leg of back-to-back sets over the last few weeks. It's unclear if he will appear on the Celtics' initial injury report. He'd be helpful against a Pacers team whose 123.1 Offensive Rating is the league's best, one spot ahead of Boston's 120.8 Offensive Rating.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner

  • Bruce Brown (knee) — Out

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Available

  • Andrew Nembhard (back) — Out

  • Isaiah Jackson (finger) — Available

New York Knicks News

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

  • Mitchell Robinson (ankle) — Injured

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Landry Shamet (hamstring) — Out

Utah Jazz News

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

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Kelly Oubre, Nicolas Batum, Marcus Morris, Paul Reed

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Out

  • Tobias Harris (ankle) — Out

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Out

  • Robert Covington (illness) — Out

  • Furkan Korkmaz (illness) — Out

Harris exited the previous game early, and coach Nurse mentioned postgame that Harris' status for the second leg of a back-to-back set will be determined by how he feels in the morning. Embiid also had a brief injury scare in Friday's game but was never forced to leave because of it. The 76ers are set to face the Jazz, who have quietly won seven of their last 10 games. Philadelphia has struggled recently as they've lost two of their last three, posting the fifth-worst Net Rating (-11.9) over that span of games.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Jae Crowder (adductor) — 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