NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/8

Jan 8th 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

  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) — Available

  • Jayson Tatum (injury management) — Out

  • Kawhi Leonard — Not on injury report

  • Kristaps Porzingis (eye) — Available

  • Zach LaVine (foot, shoulder) — Available

  • Nikola Vucevic (adductor) — Available

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — Available

  • Kyle Lowry (illness) — In

  • Bruce Brown (knee) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Out

  • Cody Martin (groin) — Out

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Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Zach LaVine (foot, shoulder) — Available

  • Nikola Vucevic (adductor) — Available

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (neck) — Available

  • Torrey Craig (foot) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

LaVine and Vucevic returned last game after respective absences of 17 and five games. Both played off the bench, with LaVine getting 30 minutes and Vucevic receiving 25 minutes. LaVine said after the game that he felt fine physically, while coach Donovan mentioned that the Bulls' medical staff will continue to adjust their minutes restrictions moving forward. Chicago will face the Hornets, which would be an intriguing matchup for Vucevic to reenter the starting lineup and play increased minutes. Charlotte gives up the second-most points (26.2) and rebounds per game (17.0) to centers of any team league-wide.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Bryce McGowens, Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards

  • Cody Martin (groin) — Out

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Out

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

  • Gordon Hayward (calf) — Injured

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

  • Frank Ntilikina (leg) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Jayson Tatum (injury management) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (eye) — Available

  • Sam Hauser (shoulder) — Out

With Tatum and Porzingis uncertain to play, the Celtics could be without two starters with two of the team's three highest usage rates. Brown's 28.6% usage rate is the team's second-highest, and he and White would be in line to garner even more usage if either Tatum or Porzingis sits. When both have been off the floor, White's 33.0% usage rate leads the team, while Brown's rate of 30.5% is the second-highest.

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Bruce Brown (knee) — Available

  • Andrew Nembhard (back) — Available

  • Isaiah Jackson (finger) — Available

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Davis Bertans (illness) — Out

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Delon Wright (quad) — Available

  • Landry Shamet (hamstring) — Available

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

Miami Heat News

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

  • Kyle Lowry (illness) — In

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler (toe) — Out

  • RJ Hampton (illness) — Out

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

Butler will miss his fourth consecutive outing, meaning Adebayo and Herro will likely continue to have the ball in their hands. Since Butler's been sidelined, Adebayo and Herro have posted team-high usage rates of 28.0% and 26.3%. The Heat have lost three of those four games, posting the league's sixth-worst Offensive Rating (106.3) over that span. They'll now face a Rockets team that has won three of their last four contests and has the league's seventh-best Defensive Rating (109.1) over those four games.

Utah Jazz News

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

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Malik Beasley, Andre Jackson Jr., Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez

  • Damian Lillard (personal) — Out

  • Cam Payne (concussion protocol) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (adductor) — Injured

The Bucks have played two games without Lillard this season and lost both outings. They averaged 110.5 points in those contests, compared to the 125.1 points per game they've scored with Lillard available. Antetokounmpo saw increased usage in the outings that Lillard sat, averaging a 44.4% usage rate compared to his season-long rate of 33.2%. The Bucks will face the Jazz, who started the season slow but have a top-10 Net Rating (+5.6) through four games in January. Opposing power forwards score the third-most points per game (26.1) against Utah, setting Antetokounmpo up nicely in a game where he'll be without his co-star.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) — Available

  • Eric Gordon (knee) — Available

  • Udoka Azubuike (illness) — Out

  • Nassir Little (knee) — Out

  • Bol Bol (ankle) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Los Angeles Clippers News

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

  • Kawhi Leonard — Not on injury report

  • Moussa Diabate (hand) — Out