NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/22

Nov 22nd 2023

Cooper Boni

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

  • Joel Embiid (hip) — Out

  • Jayson Tatum (illness) — Available

  • Damian Lillard (oblique) — Available

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Out

  • Donovan Mitchell (hamstring) — Out

  • Dejounte Murray (quad) — Available

  • LeBron James (calf) — In

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — In

  • Bam Adebayo (hip) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (back) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (adductor) — In

  • Scoot Henderson (ankle) — In

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Keegan Murray (back) — Out

  • Deni Avdija (illness) — Available

  • Cam Reddish (groin) — Out

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Washington Wizards News

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

  • Deni Avdija (illness) — Available

  • Ryan Rollins (knee) — Out

  • Delon Wright (knee) — Injured

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • Terry Rozier (groin) — Out

  • Nick Richards (concussion) — Out

  • PJ Washington (foot) — 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

  • Zeke Nnaji (ankle) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (hamstring) — Out

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Jokic was ejected in the previous contest after receiving a second technical foul for arguing with an official. Regardless, the Nuggets managed to pull out a four-point victory, albeit against a struggling Pistons team. Jokic will now have a tough matchup against the Magic, who allow the eighth-fewest points in the paint per game (46.6), even with Wendell Carter Jr. missing all but five contests.

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hand) — Injured

Suggs has seen a +4.9% usage increase in seven games without Fultz this season. He has totaled 36 points over the last two outings despite playing 19.1 minutes per game. Suggs will now match up with a Nuggets team that allows the fourth-fewest points per game to shooting guards (20.2).

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

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Dejounte Murray (quad) — Available

  • AJ Griffin (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

  • Kobe Bufkin (thumb) — Injured

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Damian Lillard (oblique) — Available

  • MarJon Beauchamp (ankle) — Available

  • Chris Livingston (ankle) — Available

  • Jae Crowder (adductor, abdomen) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Jayson Tatum (illness) — Available

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Haywood Highsmith, Thomas Bryant

  • Bam Adebayo (hip) — Out

  • Kevin Love (personal) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Injured

  • RJ Hampton (knee) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Craig Porter Jr., Max Strus, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Donovan Mitchell (hamstring) — Out

  • Caris LeVert (injury management) — Available

  • Dean Wade (ankle) — Out

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Out

  • Isaac Okoro (injury management) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (personal) — NWT

With Mitchell sidelined for the third consecutive game, the Cavs leaned heavily on Garland and Allen en route to an overtime win. The duo combined to score 58 points on 45 field goal attempts. Since Mitchell has been sidelined, Garland has posted a team-high 33.3% usage rate and has attempted 20.0 shots per game compared to his season average of 15.3 attempts per game.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Thaddeus Young (illness) — Out

  • Precious Achiuwa (knee) — Out

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory issues) — Injured

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Bruce Brown, Buddy Hield, Obi Toppin, Myles Turner

  • Andrew Nembhard (back) — Out

  • Aaron Nesmith (wrist) — Out

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Jacob Gilyard, Desmond Bane, Santi Aldama, Jaren Jackson Jr., Bismack Biyombo

  • Ja Morant (suspension) — Out

  • Luke Kennard (knee) — Injured

  • Marcus Smart (foot) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Xavier Tillman (injury recovery) — Injured

  • Jake LaRavia (eye) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Amen Thompson (ankle) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, Nicolas Batum, Markieff Morris

  • Joel Embiid (hip) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. (rib) — Injured

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Jaden McDaniels (ankle) — Injured

  • Jordan McLaughlin (knee) — Injured

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

McDaniels exited the previous contest after playing just five minutes. On Tuesday, an MRI confirmed a Grade 1 sprain of his right ankle, and he has a return-to-play timeline of two to three weeks. Alexander-Walker should be a competent replacement starter in the interim, and he will likely be tasked with the tougher defensive matchups that McDaniels would usually receive. In what's expected to be Alexander-Walker's third start of the season, he will face the 76ers, who have two top-ten scorers in Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter, Chris Duarte, Harrison Barnes, Domantas Sabonis

  • Keegan Murray (back) — Out

  • Chris Duarte (thumb) — Available

  • Trey Lyles (calf) — Available

  • Sasha Vezenkov (thumb) — Available

  • Keon Ellis (ankle) — Out

  • Alex Len (ankle) — Injured

With quite a few rotational players uncertain to dress, Fox could have a high-usage game. In two outings without Murray last season, Fox posted a 32.1% usage rate, averaging 30.5 points and 7.5 assists in those contests. Fox's 32.4% usage rate this season is already the team-high, and he's posted it while playing each game with Murray, who attempts 12.6 shots per game.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Larry Nance Jr. (rib) — Available

  • CJ McCollum (lung) — Injured

  • Matt Ryan (calf) — Injured

  • Trey Murphy (knee) — Injured

McCollum mentioned on Tuesday that while he isn't back yet, he feels like he's getting close. "I’m looking forward to getting back out there, but not quite yet," said McCollum. "I’m waiting for clearance from my pulmonologist. But I should be getting cleared here pretty soon." The Pelicans have lost five of their last eight games sans McCollum.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Out

  • Alex Caruso (toe) — Available

  • Patrick Williams (finger) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Jalen Williams (hip) — Out

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

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham, Keldon Johnson, Victor Wembanyama, Zach Collins

  • Devin Vassell (adductor) — In

In games sans Vassell this season, Johnson has seen his usage jump from 20.3% to 23.2%, and his points per game average increase from 13.9 to 21.4. If Vassell remains sidelined, Johnson will likely have the ball in his hands often against a Clippers team whom small forwards score the fifth-most points per contest (23.4) against. The Spurs faced the Clippers without Vassell last game, and Johnson recorded 22 points.

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Gary Payton II (foot) — Out

  • Draymond Green (suspension) — Out

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, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, Kelly

  • Walker Kessler (elbow) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Malcolm Brogdon, Shaedon Sharpe, Toumani Camara, Jerami Grant, Duop Reath

  • Scoot Henderson (ankle) — In

  • Deandre Ayton (back) — Out

  • Justin Minaya (illness) — Out

  • Ish Wainright (knee) — Injured

  • Anfernee Simons (thumb) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Seth Curry (hip) — Available

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Max Christie, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (calf) — In

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — In

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (knee) — Available

  • Cam Reddish (groin) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — Injured