NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 10/30

Oct 30th 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

  • Zach LaVine (back) — Available

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — Out

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Brandon Ingram (knee) — Out

  • Draymond Green (ankle) — Available

  • Klay Thompson (knee) — Out

  • Bam Adebayo (hip) — Out

  • OG Anunoby (leg) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — In

  • Jaden McDaniels (calf) — In

  • Daniel Gafford (ankle) — Out

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Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Cam Thomas, Mikal Bridges, Dorian Finney-Smith, Ben Simmons

  • Nic Claxton (ankle) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (calf) — Out

  • Noah Clowney (not with team) — Out

  • Dariq Whitehead (foot) — Injured

Simmons has played well to start the season, but conversations regarding his lack of scoring remain. In the first two games, Simmons recorded 10.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game, but he scored four and 10 points in those outings. Cam Thomas has led the way offensively as he's scored 33.0 points per game and has a team-high 35.0% usage rate.

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • Miles Bridges (suspension) — Out

  • Frank Ntilikina (leg) — Injured

  • James Bouknight (knee) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

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

LaVine scored a career-high 51 points on 48.1% usage in the last contest. His 33 field goal attempts were the third-most he's ever had in a game and were nine more than DeRozan and Vucevic's combined 24 attempts. LaVine could use another high-scoring outing to help Chicago keep up with the Pacers, who are averaging a league-high 134.0 points per game.

Indiana Pacers News

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

Through two games, the Pacers have top-five effective field goal (59.3%) and true shooting (61.5%) percentages. They're playing at the third-fastest pace (104.5) in the league. Now, they'll match up against the Bulls, who play at the third-slowest pace (97.13) and are scoring the sixth-fewest points per game (103.3) through three outings.

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Neemias Queta (foot) — Out

Porzingis has excelled to start the season as he's posted 23.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He's converted 46.7% of his three-point attempts and has looked great defensively as he totaled five blocks and three steals over the first two games. The Celtics rank top 10 in points per game allowed (107.5) as their opponents have posted the league's second-lowest field goal percentage (39.8%) against them.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Jordan Poole, Bilal Coulibaly, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma

  • Daniel Gafford (ankle) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (toe) — Injured

In Poole's first two games with his new team, his 36.6% usage rate leads the team, and he and Kuzma are both attempting 20.5 field goal attempts per game. However, they're shooting 22.2% and 14.3% respectively from beyond the arc. The Wizards need to improve their three-point defense as their opponents are converting 43.3% of their league-high 45.0 three-point attempts per game.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Jaden McDaniels (calf) — In

  • Shake Milton (foot) — Available

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Edwards hasn't played particularly well offensively as he's averaging 7.5 makes on 21.0 shot attempts per game. The Wolves have lacked scoring as a whole, made apparent by their league-low 100.0 points per game. Naz Reid has done his part after signing a three-year, $42 million contract extension in June. Through two outings, he's averaged 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — Injured

Young has had a poor start to the season. Through three outings, he's converted 26.5% of his 16.3 field goal attempts per game and 27.3% of his attempts from deep. In the last contest, Johnson got his first start of the new campaign and posted 14 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. He was tasked with being the primary defender of Giannis Antetokounmpo which highlights what coach Snyder thinks of Johnson's defensive ability.

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Robert Williams (rest) — Out

  • Ish Wainright (calf) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (thumb) — Injured

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • OG Anunoby (leg) — Available

  • Precious Achiuwa (groin) — Out

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory issues) — Out

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Josh Green, Derrick Jones Jr., Grant Williams, Dereck Lively II

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — Out

Lively II has impressed early as he's averaging 12.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and one block per game to begin his career. The offense continues to run through Doncic and Irving as they combined for 42 shot attempts in the last contest. Doncic is shooting 58.0% from the field and 48.0% from deep. His 41.0 points per game lead the league.

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

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love, Thomas Bryant

  • Bam Adebayo (hip) — Out

  • Kevin Love (shoulder) — Available

  • Josh Richardson (heel) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (knee) — Out

  • Haywood Highsmith (knee) — Injured

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — In

  • MarJon Beauchamp (illness) — Out

Following a 39-point debut in the season opener, Lillard shot two-for-12 and scored six points in the last contest. He also recorded six turnovers after having zero in the first game. Ball security will be a focus in this matchup against Miami, whose opponents are committing the eighth-most turnovers per game (18.0).

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Moses Moody, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Draymond Green (ankle) — Available

  • Klay Thompson (knee) — Out

  • Jonathan Kuminga (knee) — Out

In his first game as a reserve this season, Paul finished with a plus-22 plus/minus after being a plus-23 in the first half. Regarding Paul's acceptance of coming off the bench, coach Kerr said it's "massive." "When a vet, an All-Star shows that kind of sacrifice, it sets the tone," Kerr stated postgame. He also mentioned that he'll start the same lineup against New Orleans, so Paul will play in a reserve role again.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Jordan Hawkins, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Brandon Ingram (knee) — Out

  • Jose Alvarado (ankle) — Injured

  • Trey Murphy (knee) — Injured

  • Naji Marshall (knee) — Injured

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • James Wiseman (digit) — Available

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Injured

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

  • Isaiah Livers (ankle) — Injured

Thompson wasn't guaranteed to begin the season in the starting lineup, but during camp, coach Williams mentioned that one of the defensive metrics he strongly considers is rebounding. Thompson has started all four contests, and his 10.7 rebounds per game are the second-most on the team, trailing only Jalen Duren's 15.3 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

After scoring 31 and 34 points on 61.4% shooting over the first two games, Gilgeous-Alexander struggled in the last contest. He shot two-of-16 from the field and posted seven points as Oklahoma City lost by 33. He'll now have another tough matchup against the Pistons.

Utah Jazz News

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

  • Ochai Agbaji (knee) — Available

While the Jazz have been decent offensively, they've struggled on the defensive end. Opposing teams have posted the third-highest field goal percentage (50.4%) against Utah. Markkanen picked up where he left off last season, averaging 24.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game through three contests.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Through three games, the Nuggets have allowed the fifth-fewest points per game (102.0) while scoring the seventh-most points per contest (118.3). Their 53.2% field goal percentage leads the league. Jokic is playing at an MVP level early as he's averaging 26.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game. He'll get to match up against the Jazz, who've allowed a league-high 124.7 points per game in their first three contests.

Orlando Magic News

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

The Magic are averaging the third-most free throw attempts per game (29.0). Meanwhile, teams are attempting the tenth-fewest free throws per game (19.7) against the Lakers. In the last contest, Franz Wagner and Banchero combined for 28 shots from the charity stripe.

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Rui Hachimura (eye) — Out

  • Cam Reddish (foot) — Available

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — Injured

In the last game, the Lakers allowed 56 points in the paint en route to an overtime loss. They'll now face a Magic team that ranks top-10 in paint scoring, averaging 52.0 points per game in that area. In March of last season, these two teams met as Los Angeles surrendered 52 points in the paint.