NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/2

Nov 2nd 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

  • Devin Booker (ankle) — In

  • Brandon Ingram (knee) — Out

  • Zion Williamson (rest) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Available

  • Walker Kessler (elbow) — Available

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Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Precious Achiuwa (groin) — Out

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory issues) — Out

  • Otto Porter Jr. (injury management) — Out

In the offseason, there were conversations about who would be the fifth starter between Schröder and Gary Trent Jr. Schröder ultimately won the job despite having a subpar preseason. That hasn't been the case through the first four regular season outings, however, as he's averaged 16.2 points and 9.2 assists. His 14.8 potential assists per game are the fifth-most league-wide.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Kelly Oubre Jr., Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid

  • Nicolas Batum (personal) — Out

With James Harden and PJ Tucker gone, the 76ers must make some starting lineup decisions. It appears that Melton will remain a starter, and on Wednesday, coach Nurse stated that Oubre Jr. would join the lineup for Tucker in the short term. Nurse also mentioned that when the newly added players are ready to play, he will experiment with lineups.

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Available

  • Alec Burks (forearm) — Out

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Injured

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

  • Isaiah Livers (ankle) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Jordan Hawkins, Matt Ryan, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Brandon Ingram (knee) — Out

  • Zion Williams (rest) — Out

  • Jose Alvarado (ankle) — Injured

  • Trey Murphy (knee) — Injured

  • Naji Marshall (knee) — Injured

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

The Magic have the third-best Defensive Rating in the league and allow the second-fewest points per game (101.8). They've held two of their last four opponents under 100 points and won both of those contests. Meanwhile, Utah has the league's second-worst Offensive Rating (102.7) and ranks bottom five in points per game (104.8).

Utah Jazz News

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

  • Walker Kessler (elbow) — Available

San Antonio Spurs News

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

After signing a five-year, $146 million contract extension at the beginning of October, Vassell scored 23 and 25 points and posted a plus-6 plus/minus in the first two outings. However, in the last two games, he's had a minus-31 plus/minus and the Spurs have lost both contests. Now he'll face a Suns team that holds guards to the third-lowest field-goal percentage (42.1%).

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Grayson Allen, Josh Okogie, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Devin Booker (ankle) — In

  • Bradley Beal (back) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured