NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 10/26

Oct 26th 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

  • Devin Booker (foot) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (back) — Out

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Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • James Harden (reconditioning) — Out

Harden rejoined the team on Wednesday but didn't travel for the road trip. Coach Nurse ruled him out for this game and the next and mentioned that it would be up to the medical staff to decide when he would return to the lineup. Tyrese Maxey figures to handle even more of the on-ball responsibilities, and he should see more usage considering his rate increased from 23.1% to 28.7% in 13 games without Harden last season.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

The Bucks' off-season guard acquisitions will make their regular-season debuts against a team that both Lillard and Beasley shot poorly against last season. Each player faced Philadelphia twice and converted 33.3% of their field goal attempts. Regarding Middleton's playing time, coach Griffin mentioned that the team has to be cautious considering he only played 12 minutes in the preseason. "We have to be smart," said Griffin. "Going from 12 to 35 (minutes) is probably not a smart thing to do right now." However, Griffin did say that Middleton would have a larger workload than he did in his lone preseason appearance.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Eric Gordon, Grayson Allen, Josh Okogie, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Devin Booker (foot) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (back) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

If Booker and Beal don't play, Yuta Watanabe and Jordan Goodwin will likely receive more playing time than the 18 and 14 respective minutes they played in the opener. Durant would need to take on much more usage than expected this early in the season. His 28.1% usage trailed only Booker's last game, and no other Suns player had a rate higher than Gordon's 21.2%.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — Out

  • Cam Reddish (foot) — Available

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (knee) — Injured

Regarding James' 29 minutes last game, coach Ham claimed that limiting his workload was in line with what the team wants to do moving forward. "It's easy with him to get caught up in the emotion of the game and you tend to forget you want to play these long stretches," Ham said, "but in order for him to be as effective as possible, we have to be mindful of the minute output and how long his stretches are."