NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/15

Nov 15th 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) — Out

  • Joel Embiid (hip) — In

  • LeBron James (calf) — Available

  • Bradley Beal (back) — Out

  • Devin Booker (calf) — In

  • Trae Young (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — Out

  • Jaylen Brown (illness) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — Out

  • RJ Barrett (migraine) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — Available

  • Tobias Harris (neck) — In

  • Dennis Schroder (knee) — Available

  • OG Anunoby (finger) — Out

  • Shaedon Sharpe (knee) — In

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) — Out

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Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — Out

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Injured

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Delon Wright (knee) — Injured

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, Josh Hart, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • RJ Barrett (migraine) — Out

  • Evan Fournier (personal) — Not on injury report

Barrett missed the previous contest, which contributed to the Knicks struggling offensively. They scored 98 points in that outing compared to the 108.4 points per game they averaged in the previous nine. When New York defeated the Hawks earlier in the season, Barrett tied his season-high in scoring with 26 points and shot 60.0% from the field.

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Trae Young (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

  • Kobe Bufkin (thumb) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Sam Hauser, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — Out

  • Jaylen Brown (illness) — Out

  • Neemias Queta (foot) — Questionable

Porzingis is converting career-high field goal (56.5%) and three-point percentages (40.8%) through 10 games. His final status will be critical against the 76ers, whose opponents' 45.7% field goal percentage is the eighth-lowest league-wide. In the previous matchup with Philadelphia, the Celtics shot 39.6% from the field in a loss, even with Porzingis shooting 10-of-19.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, Robert Covington, Joel Embiid

  • Joel Embiid (hip) — In

  • Tobias Harris (neck) — In

  • Nicolas Batum (personal) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. (rib) — Injured

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Andre Jackson Jr., Malik Beasley, Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) — Out

  • Chris Livingston (ankle) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (adductor, abdomen) — Injured

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Scottie Barnes, Gradey Dick, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl

  • OG Anunoby (finger) — Out

  • Gary Trent Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Dennis Schroder (knee) — Available

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory issues) — Out

With Anunoby and Trent Jr. unlikely to play for a second consecutive contest, more usage should continue to be available for Siakam, who posted a season-high 38.4% usage rate last game. He attempted 14 free throws, the first time he's had more than six in a game this season after averaging 6.7 attempts per game a season ago. He'll face the Bucks, who have posted a bottom-seven 116.0 Defensive Rating.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Goga Bitadze

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Gary Harris (groin) — Available

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hand) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, Torrey Craig, Nikola Vucevic

  • DeMar DeRozan (personal) — Out

  • Alex Caruso (toe) — Available

  • Patrick Williams (finger) — Probable

  • Dalen Terry (knee) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

As the Bulls get set to face the Magic, much of the focus remains on the teams' stars after a report came out on Tuesday that LaVine and the team have had "increased openness" about exploring a trade. Chicago and its other star, DeRozan, have talked about an extension, but the two sides remain distant regarding numbers. The Bulls have lost four of 11 games and currently have the fourth-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Jordan McLaughlin (knee) — Injured

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Eric Gordon, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Bradley Beal (back) — Out

  • Devin Booker (calf) — In

  • Eric Gordon (shoulder) — Available

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

The Suns' big three will take the court together for the first time, which should lighten the load that Durant has carried. His team-high 32.8% usage rate is the highest of his career since the 2013-2014 season. Phoenix could use their full complement of stars against a Timberwolves team that leads the league with a 102.1 Defensive Rating.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Trey Lyles (calf) — Injured

  • Alex Len (ankle) — Injured

After missing five consecutive games, Fox returned in the last game and recorded 28 points and six assists in a win. The Kings lost three of their last five as their offense struggled mightily without its starting point guard. With Fox available this season, Sacramento has scored 127.0 points per game. When he's been sidelined, that average drops to 102.6, a difference of 24.4 points per contest.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Cam Reddish, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (calf) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — Injured

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (knee) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Donovan Mitchell, Max Strus, Dean Wade, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Darius Garland (neck) — Out

  • Isaac Okoro (injury management) — Out

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Out

  • Ricky Rubio (personal) — NWT

With Garland sidelined, the Cavs will lean on Mitchell offensively against the Blazers. In six games with Garland, Mitchell's usage rate is 29.6%. In three games without Garland, his usage rate has jumped to 36.8%, and he's scored 33.0 points per game. Mitchell will have an opportune matchup against the Blazers, as shooting guards have scored a league-high 25.2 points per game against them this season.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Skylar Mays, Shaedon Sharpe, Toumani Camara, Jerami Grant, Deandre Ayton

  • Shaedon Sharpe (knee) — In

  • Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) — Out

  • Scoot Henderson (ankle) — Injured

  • Anfernee Simons (thumb) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

With the backcourt battling injuries, Sharpe's playing time has been extensive. His 39.6 minutes per game are both a team and league-high. However, Grant has been the player that's seen increased usage, as he's posted a team-high 28.8% usage rate over the last five games. Grant is averaging a career-high 23.1 points per contest, and his 36.5 minutes per game are the most he's ever played.