NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 10/28

Oct 28th 2022

Connor Learn

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

  • LeBron James (foot) — In

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Out

  • Joel Embiid (injury recovery) — Out

  • Zion Williamson (hip, back) — Out

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — Out

  • CJ McCollum (hand) — In

  • Terry Rozier (ankle) — Out

  • Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) — In

  • Russell Westbrook (hamstring) — In

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (thigh) — In

  • Jaden Ivey (illness) — In

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) — Out

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Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — Injured

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart

  • Jaden Ivey (illness) — Available

  • Alec Burks (foot) — Injured

  • Marvin Bagley (knee) — Injured

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Smith Jr., Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Terry Rozier (ankle) — Out

  • Cody Martin (quad) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

Dennis Smith Jr. has carried 21.1% usage and a 37.8% assist rate in his two starts. Kelly Oubre Jr. has also received 26.4% usage and Mason Plumlee has recorded a 25.0% assist rate during those two games while Gordon Hayward's stats have remained stable.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Franz Wagner, Terrence Ross, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr., Bol Bol

  • Cole Anthony (oblique) — Injured

  • Jalen Suggs (ankle) — Injured

  • Moe Wagner (ankle) — Injured

  • Markelle Fultz (toe) — Injured

  • Gary Harris (knee) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

The Magic are down to just R.J. Hampton and two-way player Kevon Harris as reserve guards. Franz Wagner and Paolo Banchero are likely pressed into lead distributing roles.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Grant Williams (suspension) — Out

Noah Vonleh and Blake Griffin are more assured to receive the backup center minutes with Williams suspended. Malcolm Brogdon is also likely for a greater sixth-man role while Sam Hauser could receive greater playing time as well.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert, Dean Wade, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Darius Garland (eye) — Out

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Out

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Donovan Mitchell is carrying a 31.6% usage rate and a 33.0% assist rate with Garland largely out this season. Caris LeVert is also maintaining a 25.0% assist rate as a result.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker

  • Joel Embiid (injury recovery) — Out

The Raptors doubled Joel Embiid heavily during their playoff series last season, resulting in the 76ers making an additional two three-pointers per game from their regular season average despite the pace of play slowing to 90.3 possessions per game.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam

  • Otto Porter (personal) — Out

The Raptors rank second in the league with 21.0 fast break points per game while the 76ers are allowing 21.2 fast break points per game, which ranks second-worse league-wide.

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Out

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Corey Kispert (ankle) — Injured

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

Johnny Davis or Jordan Goodwin could fill in for Wright as a second-unit ball-handler, though allowing Will Barton to fill the role with Anthony Gill stepping back into the rotation is an option.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • Quentin Grimes (foot) — Out

The Knicks rank first in the league with 21.0 second-chance points per game. The Bucks rank third in allowing second-chance points, with just 10.0 per game.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Khris Middleton (wrist) — Injured

  • Pat Connaughton (calf) — Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

The Bucks rank first in defensive rating by 3.7 points per 100 possessions after allowing just 44 points in the second half against the Nets.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: LeBron James, Patrick Beverley, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker, Damian Jones

  • LeBron James (foot) — In

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Out

  • Russell Westbrook (hamstring) — In

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (ankle) — Out

  • Dennis Schroder (thumb) — Injured

  • Thomas Bryant (thumb) — Injured

On injury report before playing:

LeBron: 4-for-4 AD: 4-for-4

Damian Jones, Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Wenyen Gabriel could receive more time against Minnesota's large frontcourt if Davis needs to be out. Austin Reaves started for Westbrook on Wednesday and he could again receive more minutes along with Kendrick Nunn and Troy Brown Jr. if he remains out.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Out

  • Jordan McLaughlin (heel) — Out

Anderson's potential return would lead to lesser minutes for Jaden McDaniels, Jaylen Nowell, and Taurean Prince.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

DeMar DeRozan recorded a 33.1% usage rate and 44.1% assist rate with LaVine out for the first two games of the season. Nikola Vucevic recorded 19.5% usage against Bam Adebayo and the Heat but was up to 30.9% usage against the Wizards.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Josh Richardson, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Out

  • Josh Primo (glute) — Out

Josh Richardson recorded a 35.7% assist rate in his start on Wednesday. Keldon Johnson (28.2%), Doug McDermott (25.4%), and Jeremy Sochan (20.6%) received much of the usage left behind by Vassell and Primo.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Jarred Vanderbilt, Kelly Olynyk

  • Collin Sexton (oblique) — Available

  • Walker Kessler (illness) — Out

  • Rudy Gay (health protocols) — Out

  • Simone Fontecchio (health protocols) — Out

  • Udoka Azubuike (ankle) — Not on injury report

Udoka Azubuike is off of the injury report to provide a backup center option along with two-way player Micah Potter if Kessler is ruled out. Talen Horton-Tucker was the backup point guard after Sexton got hurt on Wednesday, and he could also be in the mix for greater minutes sans Gay and Fontecchio along with Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Ochai Agbaji, and Malik Beasley.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Bruce Brown, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

  • Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) — In

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) — Out

  • Davon Reed (personal) — Out

Bruce Brown could be in line for another start if Caldwell-Pope can't play. Christian Braun and Jeff Green would be the top reserves in that event and could again both clear 20 minutes of playing time.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: Jose Alvarado, CJ McCollum, Naji Marshall, Trey Murphy, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Zion Williamson (hip, back) — Out

  • Brandon Ingram (concussion) — Out

  • CJ McCollum (hand) — Available

  • Herb Jones (knee) — Out

  • Jose Alvarado (back) — Available

  • Dyson Daniels (ankle) — Out

  • Kira Lewis (ACL) — Injured

Devonte' Graham, Naji Marshall, Trey Murphy, Larry Nance Jr., Jonas Valanciunas, and Jaxson Hayes are the remaining healthy rotation players for the Pelicans. Garrett Temple, Willy Hernangomez, and Dereon Seabron are also options.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Deandre Ayton

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Bruno Fernando (knee) — Injured

  • TyTy Washington (knee) — Injured

  • Alperen Sengun (illness) — Available

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (thigh) — Available

Sengun's likely return should mean lesser minutes for KJ Martin, Tari Eason, Daishen Nix, and potentially Usman Garuba as the Rockets should be expected to go small less in their second unit. Sengun or Garuba could also start with the Rockets set to face Jusuf Nurkic.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Anfernee Simons, Shaedon Sharpe, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

  • Damian Lillard (calf)— Injured

Shaedon Sharpe, Nassir Little, Keon Johnson, and Justise Winslow should all see increased minutes while Damian Lillard is out. Anfernee Simons and Jusuf Nurkic had respective +3.9% and +3.2% usage rates with Lillard and CJ McCollum off of the floor last season. Josh Hart also carried 25.0% usage after being acquired in the McCollum trade, though the addition of Jerami Grant provides another scoring option.