NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/19

Nov 19th 2023

J.J. Calle

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

  • Luka Doncic (knee) — Available

  • LeBron James (calf) — Available

  • Jaylen Brown (adductor) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — Available

  • Jalen Williams (hip) — Out

  • Killian Hayes (shoulder) — Out

  • Caris LeVert (knee) — Out

  • Kevin Huerter (finger) — Out

  • OG Anunoby (finger) — In

  • Jalen Suggs (knee) — In

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Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Nicolas Batum (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. (rib) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (back) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

  • Cam Thomas (ankle) — Injured

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Ausar Thompson, Kevin Knox, Isaiah Stewart

  • Killian Hayes (shoulder) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (ankle) — Out

  • Jalen Duren (injury management) — Out

  • Joe Harris (shoulder) — Injured

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Injured

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

Knox started the previous game in Duren's stead to help create more space offensively for Cunningham, who was limited to 20 points after scoring a combined 19 points in the previous two games. Things could get worse as Cunningham's effectiveness has decreased when Duren, Hayes, and Harris have been off the court. While Cunningham has etched a +8.1% assist rate differential under those parameters, his effective field goal mark has descended to a team-low 38.7%.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • OG Anunoby (finger) — In

  • Thaddeus Young (illness) — Out

  • Otto Porter Jr. (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory issues) — Injured

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Suggs (knee) — In

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hand) — Injured

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Andrew Nembhard (back) — Out

  • Jalen Smith (head) — Not on injury report

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

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Max Strus, Dean Wade, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Caris LeVert (knee) — Out

  • Donovan Mitchell (hamstring) — Out

  • Isaac Okoro (injury management) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Out

  • Ricky Rubio (personal) — NWT

The Cavs have been without one of Garland or Mitchell in each of the last two games, winning both against two of the worst teams in the league. Now, sans Mitchell, they'll face one of the best teams in the West.

The Nuggets have gone 3-2 without Jamal Murray, and their opponents have committed a league-low 10.6 turnovers per game over that span. When Mitchell has been off the court, Garland has transitioned from facilitator to scorer with a team-high +7.8% usage rate differential.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Chris Duarte, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Kevin Huerter (finger) — Out

  • Trey Lyles (calf) — Injured

  • Alex Len (ankle) — Injured

Huerter suffered a left hand injury during the second half of the previous game but closed out the win. The injury is currently classified as a sprained left finger -- belonging to his non-shooting hand. Coach Brown replaced Davion Mitchell in the rotation with Keon Ellis the past three games, but if Huerter is unable to play, Mitchell could get a second chance.

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Luka Doncic (knee) — Available

  • Seth Curry (hip) — Out

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Injured

Irving has been on the injury report with a sprained left foot in each of the last two second legs of back-to-back sets. He played one of those games, but he sat Wednesday in a 13-point win over the Wizards. The Mavs have four games the rest of the month, and the next three all come with two days of rest in between. Irving played more than 30 minutes in Saturday's loss for the first time since November 8th, and his status will be one to monitor when the Mavs release their injury report.

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Jaylen Brown (adductor) — Available

Brown suffered a strained right adductor during the previous game, and he blamed the slick In-Season Tournament court. Al Horford or Sam Hauser could start if Brown misses the front end of the back-to-back set. When Brown has been off the court, Tatum has run the offense while Holiday has recorded a team-high +7.8% usage rate differential.

The Celtics are currently favored by 9.5 points and face a Grizzlies squad playing on zero days rest. Additionally, the Celtics are 3-0 against teams in the bottom 10 in point differential, and they won those games by a cumulative 53 points. Minutes could be suppressed regardless of Brown's status, and the quality of the opponent could result in a day off.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: John Konchar, Desmond Bane, Santi Aldama, Jaren Jackson Jr., Bismack Biyombo

  • Derrick Rose (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Luke Kennard (knee) — Out

  • Xavier Tillman (injury recovery) — Out

  • Jake LaRavia (eye) — Out

  • Marcus Smart (foot) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (suspension) — Out

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Yuta Watanabe (quad) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (back) — Injured

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Keyonte George, Jordan Clarkson, Ochai Agbaji, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins

  • Walker Kessler (elbow) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Cason Wallace, Lu Dort, Chet Holmgren

  • Jalen Williams (hip) — Out

The Thunder are playing on zero days rest after Saturday's overtime win. None of their rotation players rested during the second game of their first back-to-back earlier this season, and they'll have two days off after facing one of the worst teams in the league.

The Blazers have an extremely exploitable interior defense, yielding 56.7 points in the paint per 100 possessions -- 2nd highest mark -- and they have allowed the second-highest percentage of attempts at the rim (37.7%) and ninth-highest efficiency at the rim (68.6%) -- making them one of three teams to rank in the bottom 10 in both. Enter Gilgeous-Alexander, who leads all players with 21.5 drives per game and averages 14.5 points in the paint per game.

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) — Out

  • Ish Wainright (knee) — Injured

  • Scoot Henderson (ankle) — Injured

  • Anfernee Simons (thumb) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Tari Eason (injury management) — Available

  • Amen Thompson (ankle) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

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

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (knee) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — Injured