NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 10/29

Oct 29th 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

  • Stephen Curry (foot) — In

  • Joel Embiid (rest) — In

  • James Harden (reconditioning) — Out

  • Jonathan Kuminga (foot) — Available

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Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

The Nuggets are healthy and seemingly haven't missed a step. They posted a 114.7 Offensive Rating after the All-Star break last season and a 114.6 Offensive Rating this season. Despite not playing a preseason game, Porter Jr. has averaged 10.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game.

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

Gilgeous-Alexander is off to an elite start to the season. He's averaged 32.5 points on 61.4% shooting along with 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. In four games against Denver last season, he also averaged 32.5 points per game.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Stephen Curry (foot) — In

  • Draymond Green (ankle) — In

  • Jonathan Kuminga (foot) — Available

After missing the first two games with a sprained left ankle, Green said he will make his season debut. But in the first game of a road back-to-back for the Warriors, Curry is questionable, so it's uncertain if the team will be whole for the first time. Because Green missed the preseason, it would be his first minutes with Paul in any game since he joined the team.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Jock Landale (concussion) — Out

  • Nate Hinton (ankle) — Available

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela

  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — Injured

In two games, Young has attempted a total of 35 field goals and made just eight of them. His field goal percentage (22.9%) ranks last among players who have averaged at least 15.0 shots per game. The Bucks allowed the second-lowest field goal percentage to opponents (45.6%) last season.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Malik Beasley, Jae Crowder, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Out

In the opener, Middleton took just five shots and assisted on nine points, but logged a 20.5% usage rate in 16 minutes. Without him, the usage could concentrate to absurd levels towards Giannis and Lillard. Giannis posted a 38.1% usage rate in the first game and Lillard's was 30.0%.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Scoot Henderson, Shaedon Sharpe, Matisse Thybulle, Jerami Grant, Deandre Ayton

  • Ish Wainright (calf) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (thumb) — Injured

While Simons is sidelined, Sharpe should continue to shine in a huge role. In the last contest, he recorded a team-high 24 points in 41 minutes and attempted 11 threes while logging a 27.8% usage rate. In 15 starts last season, he averaged 18.5 points in 33.0 minutes per game.

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Joel Embiid (rest) — In

  • James Harden (reconditioning) — Out

Harden remained in Philadelphia during the last two road games. As they return home for the second game of a back-to-back set, it's uncertain whether or not he will play or if the team will continue to hold him out. A return would undoubtedly impact Maxey's burning start. In the first two games, he's led the team in points (32.5), assists (7.5), and minutes (40.4) per game.

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Devonte' Graham (suspension) — Available

Los Angeles Clippers News

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

  • Terance Mann (ankle) — Out

  • Marcus Morris (coach's decision) — Out

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • Cam Reddish (foot) — Available

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — Injured

After playing 29 minutes in the season opener, there was a lot of talk surrounding James' minutes being managed. Despite it all, he played the entire fourth quarter in the last contest on his way to 35 minutes. Reportedly, the range of 28-30 minutes will be a guideline that can be adjusted as needed. It could be a situation that's tough to project each night.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Trey Lyles (calf) — Out