NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 10/28

Oct 28th 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

  • Tyrese Haliburton (illness) — Available

  • Donovan Mitchell (hamstring) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler (rest) — Out

  • Devin Booker (ankle) — Out

  • Darius Garland (hamstring) — Out

  • Zach LaVine (back) — Available

  • Jaden McDaniels (calf) — Out

  • Jarrett Allen (ankle) — Out

  • OG Anunoby (muscle cramps) — Out

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Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Zach LaVine (back) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Statuses should be monitored on the second leg of a back-to-back after Friday's overtime win. DeRozan and Vucevic each played at least 40 minutes in the contest, and LaVine said he was dealing with a stiff back after the game. Alex Caruso logged a game-high and career-high 13 rebounds to go along with two steals and one block in 32 minutes. He'd be in line for significant minutes again if one of LaVine or DeRozan were to sit out.

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

Duren has totaled 31 rebounds in two games so far. Last season, he averaged a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game, and 12.7 per game in three contests against the Bulls. Cunningham played just 24 minutes on Friday due to foul trouble compared to 36 minutes in the opener.

Memphis Grizzlies News

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

  • Santi Aldama (ankle) — Out

  • Luke Kennard (concussion) — Out

  • Ja Morant (suspension) — Out

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Smart registered five steals on Friday and could have his sights set on Jordan Poole in this matchup. Poole turned the ball over four times in their opener and averaged 3.1 turnovers per game last season. Derrick Rose is a veteran to monitor in the second leg of a back-to-back.

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Johnny Davis (elbow) — Injured

  • Landry Shamet (toe) — Injured

New York Knicks News

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

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

Williamson has played the Knicks only twice in his career and the last time he did was April 2021. He recorded a team-high 30.3% usage rate in the opener but the team logged a -9.9 Net Rating in 32 minutes with him on the floor. McCollum, Ingram, and Jones all played at least 36 minutes in that contest and starters are likely to continue to see big minutes moving forward.

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Tyrese Haliburton (illness) — Available

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Caris LeVert, Max Strus, Isaac Okoro, Dean Wade, Evan Mobley

  • Donovan Mitchell (hamstring) — Out

  • Darius Garland (hamstring) — Out

  • Jarrett Allen (ankle) — Out

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Out

  • Ricky Rubio (personal) — NWT

The team is reportedly being cautious with Garland given the nature of the injury, and his status for the second leg of a back-to-back is unknown. Allen isn't expected to play. Without Garland, Mitchell soaked up a team-high 35.9% usage rate on his way to 43 points in 42 minutes on Friday. He played one game on no rest last season without Garland. In that contest, he scored 37 points in 44.5 minutes in an overtime victory.

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • James Harden (reconditioning) — Out

Kelly Oubre scored 27 points on 81.8% shooting including 5-of-6 from three-point range in his Sixers debut. He also contributed four rebounds and one steal in 32.5 minutes. Melton's minutes could be fragile if Oubre's shot is falling on any given night.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schröder, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl

  • OG Anunoby (muscle cramps) — Out

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory issues) — Out

Philadelphia presents a tough matchup after an overtime loss on Friday. Anunoby didn't finish the game due to cramping and will be a name to watch in the second leg of a back-to-back. In four games against the Sixers last season, Siakam averaged a team-high 24.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

Miami Heat News

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

  • Jimmy Butler (rest) — Out

  • Kevin Love (shoulder) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (knee) — Out

  • Josh Richardson (foot) — Injured

  • Haywood Highsmith (knee) — Injured

Martin was ruled out late Friday and after the game, he described his situation as "day-by-day" when asked about managing his left knee tendinosis. In addition to Martin, most of the team should be monitored on the second leg of a back-to-back. Despite being cleared to play, Duncan Robinson (foot) and Jaime Jaquez Jr. (groin) both had injury designations on Friday's initial injury report.

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

With McDaniels still sidelined, it's not a sure thing that Alexander-Walker will remain in the starting lineup. The team logged a -33.1 Net Rating in 23 minutes with him on the court in the opener. With Kyle Anderson on the floor, the team posted a +22.7 Net Rating to go along with a 77.3 defensive rating. Anderson totaled 30 minutes and was in the closing lineup in that contest.

Utah Jazz News

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

  • Collin Sexton (wrist) — Available

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Devin Booker (ankle) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (back) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured