NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/20

Nov 20th 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

  • Alperen Sengun (back) — Available

  • Devin Vassell (adductor) — Out

  • Derrick White (personal) — Out

  • Al Horford (rest) — Out

  • Jalen Duren (injury management) — Out

  • Quentin Grimes (wrist) — In

  • Kevin Huerter (finger) — Available

  • Killian Hayes (shoulder) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (toe) — Available

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Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Jaylen Brown, Sam Hauser, Jayson Tatum, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Al Horford (rest) — Out

  • Derrick White (personal) — Out

Horford has not played both games of a back-to-back set since the 2021-22 season. The Celtics have gone 9-3 in those games Horford rested. In the lone back-to-back game Horford missed this season, no other Celtics rested after four of the five starters played at least 35 minutes the night prior.

Brown is currently dealing with a strained adductor, and Porzingis was seen hobbling toward the end of Sunday's win. Whoever is available will have an advantageous matchup as the Hornets possess a league-worst 122.3 Defensive Rating.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Brandon Miller, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges, Mark Williams

  • Terry Rozier (groin) — Out

  • Nick Richards (concussion) — Out

  • Frank Ntilikina (leg) — Injured

  • James Bouknight (knee) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

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

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Killian Hayes (shoulder) — Available

  • Isaiah Livers (ankle) — Available

  • Jalen Duren (injury management) — Out

  • Joe Harris (shoulder) — Injured

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Injured

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • MarJon Beauchamp (ankle) — Out

  • Chris Livingston (ankle) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (adductor, abdomen) — Injured

The Bucks have a fantastic matchup against the Wizards, who rank near the bottom of the league in the following stats:

121.5 Defensive Rating (29th)

50.7 opponent rebounds per game (30th)

29.2 opponent assists per game (30th)

56.3 opponent points in the paint per game (27th)

72.8% opponent accuracy at the rim (29th)

46.7% opponent corner three-point accuracy (29th)

The Bucks currently attempt the fourth-highest percentage of shots (10.6%) as corner three-pointers, and Beasley leads the team with 29 attempts. Also, Antetokounmpo leads the NBA with 19.3 points in the paint per game.

Among teams with at least nine wins, the Bucks have the worst Net Rating (+1.0), and in five games against teams in the bottom 10 in Defensive Rating, the Bucks have posted a +1.4 Net Rating with a 3-2 record.

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Johnny Davis (elbow) — Available

  • Delon Wright (knee) — Injured

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Haywood Highsmith, Bam Adebayo

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Injured

  • RJ Hampton (knee) — Injured

With Herro sidelined for the last five games, the Heat’s Offensive Rating improved by 10.0 points while their pace decreased by about 3.5 per 100 possessions. Lowry has not stepped up offensively, as his usage rate rose from a team-low 10.2% in the first eight games to a team-low 12.4% during Herro’s hiatus. His touches per game and touch time have decreased, and much of the offensive has flowed through Adebayo, Butler, and Robinson.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso, Nikola Vucevic

  • Alex Caruso (toe) — Available

  • Dalen Terry (knee) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

New York Knicks News

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

  • Quentin Grimes (wrist) — In

  • Evan Fournier (ankle) — Out

The Knicks have a 116.7 Offensive Rating in four games against teams in the top 10 in Net Rating. That qualifies as the fifth-highest mark in such contests, but the Timberwolves are also an elite defensive with a 107.0 Defensive Rating -- the second-best league-wide. They have funneled opponents' shots into either the mid-range or paint non-restricted area. This shot location is where Brunson does most of his damage, attempting 51.2% of his shots.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Jordan McLaughlin (knee) — Injured

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Kevin Huerter (finger) — Available

  • Keon Ellis (ankle) — Out

  • Sasha Vezenkov (thumb) — Out

  • Trey Lyles (calf) — Injured

  • Alex Len (ankle) — Injured

Pelicans' opponents have attempted 39.3 three-point attempts per game, but they’ve converted only 32.3% of their attempts -- the second-lowest in the NBA. The Kings have attempted 42.3 threes per game, and that number has increased to 43.9 in games Fox has played. In the five games Fox missed, the Kings posted a league-low 103.0 Offensive Rating. Fox ranks 10th among all regular NBA starters with a +11.7 Net Rating.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: Dyson Daniels, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Jose Alvarado (ankle) — Available

  • Matt Ryan (calf) — Injured

  • Larry Nance Jr. (rib) — Injured

  • CJ McCollum (lung) — Injured

  • Trey Murphy (knee) — Injured

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac

  • Mason Plumlee (knee) — Injured

  • Brandon Boston Jr. (quad) — Injured

Westbrook played a season-low 18 minutes after sacrificing his spot in the starting lineup in Friday's win. His role reduction coincided with the addition of Daniel Theis. Since Harden made his season debut, Westbrook (23.6%) and Harden (18.6%) have produced career-lows in usage, and Leonard has posted a career-low 7.8% rebound rate. George’s usage has remained identical at 27.7% pre and post-Harden debut.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Jeremy Sochan, Keldon Johnson, Julian Champagnie, Victor Wembanyama, Zach Collins

  • Devin Vassell (adductor) — Out

The Spurs have lost eight straight games and all four Vassell has missed. They’ve lost two games by at least 40, including a 40-point loss to the Clippers before James Harden made his season debut. When Vassell has been off the court, the Spurs' Net Rating has dropped to -14.9, and they've allowed 126.6 points per 100 possessions.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Alperen Sengun (back) — Available

  • Tari Eason (injury management) — Out

  • Amen Thompson (ankle) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Kevon Looney

  • Trayce Jackson-Davis (leg) — Available

  • Gary Payton II (foot) — Out

  • Draymond Green (suspension) — Out