NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/25

Nov 25th 2022

Connor Learn

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

  • Nikola Jokic (hip) — Available

  • LeBron James (adductor) — In

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Available

  • Bam Adebayo (knee) — Available

  • Bradley Beal (thigh) — In

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — Available

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — In

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — Available

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Alperen Sengun (groin) — Out

  • Jaden Ivey (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Green (toe) — Available

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Out

  • Michael Porter Jr. (heel) — Out

  • Max Strus (shoulder) — Out

  • Killian Hayes (calf) — Available

  • Steven Adams (illness) — In

  • Clint Capela (dental) — Out

  • John Konchar (calf) — In

  • Mitchell Robinson (knee) — In

  • Rui Hachimura (ankle) — Out

  • Monte Morris (ankle) — Out

  • Bruno Fernando (knee) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Available

  • Cam Reddish (groin) — Out

  • Andrew Nembhard (knee) — Out

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Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — Available

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Available

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Out

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Out

Gobert averaged 17.0 points and 20.0 rebounds in two games against the Hornets last season.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, Jalen McDaniels, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Out

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Jalen McDaniels and James Bouknight would claim most of Hayward's minutes if he is ruled out. The remaining starters would be pressed into larger roles in that event.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Shake Milton, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Montrezl Harrell

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Out

  • Matisse Thybulle (ankle) — Out

  • Saben Lee (G-League) — Available

  • Tyrese Maxey (foot) — Injured

  • James Harden (foot) — Injured

Milton's 29.2% assist rate has led the 76ers with Embiid out for the last two games. Nearly any member of the rotation could record 20.0% usage against Orlando based on how balanced Philadelphia's offense has been without Embiid.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Mo Bamba, Bol Bol

  • Paolo Banchero (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Out

  • Terrence Ross (illness) — Out

  • Moe Wagner (foot) — Not on injury report

  • Cole Anthony (oblique) — Injured

  • Markelle Fultz (toe) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Banchero's 29.4% usage leads the Magic so there should be fewer offensive opportunities available as he re-joins the lineup. Moe Wagner's return and Carter Jr.'s potential return could reduce minutes for Bol and Mo Bamba.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Justise Winslow, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Drew Eubanks (back) — Out

  • Keon Johnson (hip) — Out

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

New York Knicks News

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

  • Mitchell Robinson (knee) — In

  • Cam Reddish (groin) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (toe) — Out

Brunson's 27.8% usage in the last five games leads the Knicks. He had 22.5% usage in the first 13 games, which ranked fourth on the team.

Sacramento Kings News

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

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Brown scores 8.4% more of his points in the paint than Tatum and likely receives the more favorable defensive matchups. The Kings are allowing the second-most points in the paint per game (54.2) in November.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Royce O'Neale, Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton

  • Seth Curry (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) — Out

  • TJ Warren (foot) — Injured

Irving's facilitating role has been limited as he has returned for the last three games. He has logged an 8.1% assist rate after posting a 23.0% assist rate pre-suspension.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Aaron Nesmith, Buddy Hield, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner

  • Andrew Nembhard (knee) — Out

  • Isaiah Jackson (ankle) — Available

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Injured

Bennedict Mathurin and Chris Duarte alternated recording 30-point games in the first two matchups against the Nets. Opponents are making the fifth-most threes per game (13.2) against Brooklyn at the third-best percentage (38.1).

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Bradley Beal, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Bradley Beal (thigh) — In

  • Rui Hachimura (ankle) — Out

  • Monte Morris (ankle) — Out

  • Johnny Davis (groin) — Out

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

Will Barton (33.3%) and Avdija (32.3%) logged the highest assist rates with both starting guards out Wednesday. Kristaps Porzingis (34.2%) and Kyle Kuzma (30.5%) received greater usage as well.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Caleb Martin, Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — Out

  • Bam Adebayo (knee) — Available

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — In

  • Max Strus (shoulder) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (ankle) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (illness) — Available

  • Haywood Highsmith (hip) — Available

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — Available

  • Jamal Cain (illness) — Available

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

The only Heat players not on the injury report are Lowry, Martin, Jovic, Jamal Cain, Orlando Robinson, and Udonis Haslem. Herro claimed 28.8% usage in his return Wednesday, reducing Adebayo's role in the process.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Onyeka Okongwu

  • Jarrett Culver (hip) — Available

  • Clint Capela (dental) — Out

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — Injured

Collins had 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting against the Rockets in the season opener and hasn't scored more than 19 points since the second game of the season.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Bruno Fernando

  • Jalen Green (toe) — Available

  • Alperen Sengun (groin) — Out

  • Bruno Fernando (knee) — Available

  • Josh Christopher (shoulder) — Available

  • Eric Gordon (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

This shouldn't be a favorable spot for coach Silas to opt for smaller lineups in Sengun's expected absence, as Clint Capela's 4.2 offensive rebounds per game rank second in the league. Atlanta also scores the seventh-most points in the paint per game (53.2).

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: Jose Alvarado, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • CJ McCollum (health protocols) — Out

  • Trey Murphy (foot) — In

Ingram (33.3%) and Alvarado (29.0%) led the Pelicans in assist rate as they played larger facilitating roles in McCollum's absence Wednesday. Williamson led with 32.8% usage and Devonte' Graham received 21.5% usage in 27.8 minutes sans McCollum.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, John Konchar, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

  • Steven Adams (illness) — In

  • John Konchar (calf) — In

  • Xavier Tillman (illness) — Out

  • Santi Aldama (illness) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (toe) — Injured

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

David Roddy and Jake LaRavia project to play larger roles in Aldama's expected absence and they could be vaulted into even greater minutes if Konchar is ruled out. Coach Jenkins could find it difficult to play Morant and Tyus Jones concurrently against the Pelicans' large wings.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Dean Wade, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Lamar Stevens (illness) — Out

  • Caris LeVert (ankle) — Out

  • Kevin Love (thumb) — Out

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — In

  • Pat Connaughton (illness) — Out

  • Serge Ibaka (illness) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (wrist) — Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

The Cavs present potentially the most challenging matchup for Antetokounmpo. Cleveland is allowing the second-fewest points in the paint per game (54.1) and limited Antetokounmpo to 16 points despite Holiday being out in their first meeting this season.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Goran Dragic (neck) — Available

  • Javonte Green (back) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Aleksej Pokusevski

  • Ousmane Dieng (G-League) — Available

  • Jaylin Williams (G-League) — Out

  • Mike Muscala (finger) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

The Thunder have connected on a league-best 42.1% of their threes in their last eight games. Opponents are shooting the third-best three-point rate (38.1%) against the Bulls this season.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: LeBron James, Dennis Schroder, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (adductor) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Available

  • Patrick Beverley (suspension) — Out

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (back) — Available

  • Max Christie (health protocols) — Not on injury report

Listed "Probable" or "Questionable" before playing:

LeBron: 10-for-15 AD: 15-for-16

Davis' usage is 9.5% higher in games he has played without James compared to games he has played with him.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Josh Richardson (ankle) — Out

  • Doug McDermott (ankle) — Out

  • Zach Collins (leg) — Available

  • Malaki Branham (G-League) — Available

  • Jordan Hall (finger) — Available

  • Blake Wesley (knee) — Injured

The Spurs have the worst offensive rating (102.2) and defensive rating (124.2) over each team's last six games.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Rodney McGruder, Isaiah Livers, Bojan Bogdanovic, Marvin Bagley

  • Jaden Ivey (knee) — Out

  • Saddiq Bey (ankle) — Out

  • Killian Hayes (calf) — Available

  • Hamidou Diallo (illness) — Available

  • Cory Joseph (illness) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (toe) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Cory Joseph could receive the point guard start if Hayes is ruled out, and his usage is 3.5% lower than Hayes' 17.4% clip. Alec Burks could start if Ivey is out, and Burks' 26.7% usage trails only Cunningham's on the Pistons.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Cam Payne, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (concussion) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

While Payne and Booker's expanded roles in Paul's extended absence have been apparent, Bridges has been a larger piece of the offense as well. Bridges has had a +2.6% usage differential and a +4.5% assist rate differential in games Paul has missed this season.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Jarred Vanderbilt, Kelly Olynyk

  • Leandro Bolmaro (concussion) — Out

  • Mike Conley (knee) — Injured

  • Rudy Gay (hand) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

41.3% of Golden State's points come from threes, the highest rate in the league. Utah is limiting opponents to the fewest made threes per game (10.1).

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Bruce Brown, Michael Porter Jr., Nikola Jokic

  • Nikola Jokic (hip) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (conditioning) — Not on injury report

  • Michael Porter Jr. (heel) — Out

  • Bones Hyland (illness) — Out

  • Ish Smith (calf) — Available

  • Jeff Green (knee) — Injured

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Terance Mann, Amir Coffey, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Paul George (knee) — Injured

  • Kawhi Leonard (ankle) — Injured

  • Luke Kennard (calf) — Injured

John Wall (27.3%), Jackson (27.3%), Morris (23.6%), and Norman Powell (22.4%) led rotational players in usage against the Warriors on Wednesday. They can continue to play similar roles until George or Leonard return.