NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/12

Nov 12th 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

  • LeBron James (calf) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — Available

  • Anthony Edwards (illness) — In

  • Jimmy Butler (personal) — Available

  • Bradley Beal (back) — In

  • Devin Booker (calf) — Out

  • Andrew Wiggins (neck) — Available

  • Herb Jones (leg) — Out

  • Kyle Lowry (rest) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (hamstring) — Available

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Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Brandon Miller, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mark Williams

  • Gordon Hayward (hamstring) — Available

  • Terry Rozier (groin) — Out

  • Miles Bridges (suspension) — Out

  • Frank Ntilikina (leg) — Injured

  • James Bouknight (knee) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Mark Williams averaged a double-double over the last five games but gets a challenging matchup against one of the best rebounding teams in the league. The Knicks' 50.0 rebounds per game and 78.8% defensive rebounding rate this season are league-highs. Their 103.7 defensive rating is the 2nd best league-wide.

New York Knicks News

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

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Delon Wright (knee) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton

  • Ben Simmons (hip) — Out

  • Cam Thomas (ankle) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Jacob Gilyard, Marcus Smart, Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., Bismack Biyombo

  • Xavier Tillman (injury recovery) — Out

  • Ja Morant (suspension) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (knee) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac

  • Mason Plumlee (knee) — Injured

  • Brandon Boston Jr. (quad) — Injured

The starting lineup has logged just a 93.1 offensive rating on the floor together through three games. The team is 0-3 and their 121.6 defensive rating is the fourth-worst league-wide in that span. Paul George has shot 27.9% from the field including 17.4% from three-point range, while Harden has not attempted more than five three-pointers in a game during the stretch. They get an opportunistic matchup against the Grizzlies, who are 1-8 and allow a league-most 15.7 made-threes per game this season.

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Available

  • Jalen Smith (back) — Available

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Nicolas Batum, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. — Out

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Killian Hayes, Ausar Thompson, Isaiah Stewart, Marvin Bagley

  • Jaden Ivey (illness) — Available

  • Alec Burks (forearm) — Available

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Out

  • Joe Harris (shoulder) — Injured

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Injured

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

  • Isaiah Livers (ankle) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Torrey Craig, Nikola Vucevic

  • Alex Caruso (toe) — Out

  • Patrick Williams (finger) — Available

  • Dalen Terry (knee) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Jamal Murray (hamstring) — Injured

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

On paper, this game is poised to be a slog. The Nuggets (107.6) and Rockets (107.8) have averaged top-ten defensive ratings. The Rockets rank 30th in pace (97.23) while the Nuggets are also in the bottom five (98.28). Opponents have averaged 106.0 points per game against both teams, tied for the third-lowest in the league.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Amen Thompson (ankle) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Jones Jr., Grant Williams, Dereck Lively II

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: Dyson Daniels, Jordan Hawkins, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Herb Jones (leg) — Out

  • Naji Marshall (knee) — Available

  • CJ McCollum (lung) — Injured

  • Jose Alvarado (ankle) — Injured

  • Trey Murphy (knee) — Injured

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Josh Richardson, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Haywood Highsmith, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (personal) — Available

  • Josh Richardson (back) — Available

  • Kyle Lowry (rest) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (knee) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Injured

Butler's status is uncertain after he wasn't available for the first leg of the road back-to-back. Jaime Jaquez started in his place and logged a season-high 20 points on 17 attempts in 38.5 minutes. Haywood Highsmith also logged season-highs in minutes (34) and usage (22.1%). Kyle Lowry has stepped up offensively since Herro's injury. He's scored 17 points each in the last two games.

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Tre Jones (hamstring) — Out

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Chet Holmgren

  • Kenrich Williams (back) — Out

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Josh Okogie, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Eric Gordon (shoulder) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (back) — In

  • Devin Booker (calf) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

In two games since Beal's debut, the starting lineup has logged a +22.0 Net Rating. Durant's team-high 92.0 touches per game is up from 71.4 touches per game in the previous seven games. Nurkic has led the team with 7.5 assists per game in the two-game stretch. It was reported that Booker could return during this home stand, so his next opportunity will be on Wednesday.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Anthony Edwards (illness) — In

  • Naz Reid (neck) — In

  • Jordan McLaughlin (knee) — Injured

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Andrew Wiggins (neck) — Available

  • Gary Payton II (finger) — Available

Statuses should be monitored for Warriors vets on the second leg of a back-to-back set, but only Curry logged more than 30 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday. Green played just 18 minutes in the contest. He was ejected in the third quarter after being assessed a second technical foul. Gary Payton II played a season-low 11 minutes in the game, ceding minutes to Brandon Podziemski. It may have been matchup-based, however, as Payton II logged 12 minutes in the first game against Cleveland last week.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Skylar Mays, Shaedon Sharpe, Matisse Thybulle, Jerami Grant, Deandre Ayton

  • Ish Wainright (calf) — Available

  • Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) — Out

  • Scoot Henderson (ankle) — Injured

  • Anfernee Simons (thumb) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

After Brogdon suffered a strained left hamstring in the first quarter of the previous game, Mays replaced him in the lineup and totaled 37 minutes, including the overtime period. He's a favorite to get the start after the team converted him to a standard contract on Saturday. He also started six games for the team last season. Jamaree Bouyea was signed to a two-way contract to shore up guard depth as well.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Cam Reddish, Taurean Prince, Rui Hachimura, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (calf) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — Available

  • Jaxson Hayes (ankle) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — Injured

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (knee) — Injured

Coach Ham called the lineup change a "realignment." Ham told Austin Reaves that his minutes wouldn't go down and that he would finish games. In the last contest, the starting lineup logged a 125.0 offensive rating in 11 minutes together. Reaves logged 35 minutes off the bench and played the entire fourth quarter. If James can't go, it's possible they could start Rui Hachimura and keep Reaves off the bench in his new role. Russell has logged a +8.74% usage rate differential in minutes without James on the floor this season, while Reaves' usage rate differential without James on the court is +5.51%.