NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 10/25

Oct 25th 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

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

  • Luka Doncic (calf) — Available

  • Darius Garland (hamstring) — In

  • Zach Collins (illness) — In

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Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, Saddiq Bey, Clint Capela

  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — Out

Young and Murray highlight a plus matchup to start the season against a Hornets backcourt that's already depleted due to injuries. This game could be uptempo as the Hawks logged the fifth-highest pace (102.0) league-wide after coach Snyder took over last season and coach Clifford has stated he wants the Hornets to play fast this year as well.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mark Williams

  • Bryce McGowens (ankle) — Out

  • Frank Ntilikina (leg) — Injured

  • James Bouknight (knee) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

  • Miles Bridges (suspension) — Out

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Johnny Davis (elbow) — Injured

  • Anthony Gill (hamstring) — Injured

  • Landry Shamet (toe) — Injured

The new-look backcourt makes its regular season debut in what could be a formidable matchup against the Pacers. Poole averaged a team-high 35.9% usage rate across four preseason games.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Bruce Brown, Bennedict Mathurin, Obi Toppin, Myles Turner

Boston Celtics News

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

In four contests against the Knicks last season, Tatum led the team with 28.8 points, 6.0 assists, and 7.5 defensive rebounds per game. Over his career, he's averaged more three-point attempts per game (8.0) against the Knicks than any other team, including 11.5 attempts from deep per game last season.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

Only seven other lineups logged at least 500 total minutes together last season and of those, this lineup's 123.8 offensive rating was second only to the Nuggets starting five's 124.3. They logged a +6.7 Net Rating and a combined 43.5% three-point percentage.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Jalen Green, Dillon Brooks, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Across four preseason games, VanVleet averaged 2.5 steals while Sengun logged 2.0 blocks per game. Along with All-Defensive Team addition Dillon Brooks, the team is certain to improve on the second-worst defensive rating (118.6) in the league last season.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Gary Harris (adductor) — In

  • Kevon Harris (knee) — Out

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Max Strus, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley

  • Darius Garland (hamstring) — In

  • Dean Wade (illness) — Out

  • Jarrett Allen (ankle) — Out

  • Ricky Rubio (personal) — NWT

Garland saw his usage jump from 26.7% to 29.1% when Allen didn't play last season. With his availability in question, however, even more opportunity could funnel to Mitchell who played 40.5 minutes per game in nine contests without Garland. Caris LeVert would presumably be inserted into the starting backcourt if Garland is unavailable.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ben Simmons, Spencer Dinwiddie, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Nic Claxton

  • Dariq Whitehead (foot) — Injured

After logging a team-high 29.6% usage rate after the All-Star break last season, Bridges finished the preseason with a team-high 30.1% rate across three games. Even with a healthy Simmons' reemergence, Bridges is set up for a career year.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Killian Hayes, Ausar Thompson, Isaiah Stewart, Jalen Duren

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Injured

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

  • Isaiah Livers (ankle) — Injured

Without Bogdanovic, the rookie Thompson is expected to start at small forward to begin the regular season. He posted impressive numbers over four preseason games: 11.8 points and 9.3 rebounds in 29.1 minutes per game to go along with a 21.1% usage rate.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love, Bam Adebayo

  • Josh Richardson (foot) — Out

  • Haywood Highsmith (knee) — Injured

Without Richardson, the team finds itself entering the season with a relatively thin backcourt led by Herro and Lowry. Dru Smith could crack the rotation as a third option, otherwise, Herro could have one of the highest minutes floors on the team.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Jaden McDaniels (calf) — Out

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Alexander-Walker is expected to start for McDaniels in the opener, but Kyle Anderson could also be an option. If it's Alexander-Walker, Edwards could be tasked with some more challenging defensive responsibilities.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schröder, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory issues) — Out

Fortunately, Barnes did not appear on the injury report for the opener after suffering a sprained right foot during the team’s final preseason game. After the outing, coach Rajaković emphasized that Barnes was “completely fine." He was fully practicing two days later so his availability doesn’t come as a surprise.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Kenrich Williams (back) — Out

  • Jaylin Williams (hamstring) — Injured

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (ankle) — Injured

Holmgren makes his long-awaited regular-season debut after a successful preseason. He averaged 5.0 rebounds and 16.3 points on 57.9% shooting in 19.3 minutes per game. He also logged a team-high 2.0 blocks per game across the four-game stretch.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Jose Alvarado (ankle) — Injured

  • Trey Murphy (knee) — Injured

  • Naji Marshall (knee) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Desmond Bane, Ziaire Williams, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman

  • Santi Aldama (ankle) — Out

  • Ja Morant (suspension) — Out

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Williams had an exceptional preseason en route to potentially earning a starting spot. He averaged 12.4 points on 45.0% shooting across five preseason games. With the team down several consequential bigs, significant rotation minutes should be available for Jake LaRavia and Kenneth Lofton Jr.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Chris Duarte (knee) — Questionable

  • Trey Lyles (calf) — Out

If Duarte can't play, more usage will likely be available for Huerter and the team's starters, while Malik Monk could receive more playing time. During the preseason, Duarte was widely thought to be battling with Huerter for a starting position but reportedly was practicing with the second unit on Tuesday.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Clarkson, Talen Horton-Tucker, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, Walker Kessler

The team tested several backcourt combinations in the preseason. While Clarkson and Horton-Tucker are the favorites to start, it could be a fluid situation to begin the season and is one to monitor.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Jones Jr., Grant Williams, Maxi Kleber

  • Luka Doncic (calf) — Available

  • Jaden Hardy (ankle) — Available

  • Dwight Powell (illness) — Available

Doncic has dealt with a strained left calf throughout the back end of the preseason. He said he practiced the last two days leading up to the opener. In the final preseason game without Doncic, Jones Jr. entered the starting lineup while Josh Green started in the backcourt next to Irving.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Jeremy Sochan, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Victor Wembanyama, Zach Collins

  • Zach Collins (illness) — In

  • Devonte' Graham (suspension) — Out

If Collins is unable to suit up, Wembanyama would likely start his first career regular-season game at center. While Sochan is expected to start at the point, Tre Jones could be inserted back into the role in Collins' absence. Wembanyama logged a league-high 2.8 blocks per game in the preseason while teams averaged 8.8 blocks against the Mavs in four preseason games.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Scoot Henderson, Anfernee Simons, Matisse Thybulle, Jerami Grant, Deandre Ayton

  • Ish Wainright (calf) — Out

Robert Williams avoided the injury report despite dealing with a sore knee throughout the preseason. He is now slated to make his debut after being included in the trade that sent Jrue Holiday to Boston. He is expected to back up Ayton at center, but there have been excerpts from coach Billups this preseason about putting the two bigs on the floor together at times.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Robert Covington, Ivica Zubac

  • Bones Hyland (ankle) — Available

  • Terance Mann (ankle) — Out

  • Brandon Boston Jr. (quad) — Out

Coach Lue did not reveal who would start in place of Mann, though one of Batum and Robert Covington are the most likely candidates. All three competed for the starting spot in the preseason. If Hyland is unavailable, Norman Powell would likely receive more playing time and Amir Coffey could also have an increased role.