NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/26

Nov 26th 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

  • LeBron James (adductor) — In

  • Anthony Davis (calf) — Out

  • Fred VanVleet (illness) — In

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Alperen Sengun (groin) — Available

  • Bruno Fernando (injury management) — Out

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Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell

  • Maxi Kleber (back) — Available

The Mavs beat the Raptors 111-110 at home earlier this month as Fred VanVleet was inactive. Doncic recorded low usage (29.8%) and a lesser assist rate (30.0%) by his standards but scored 35 points as a result of a 76.7 eFG%. Dinwiddie posted 23.0% usage and a 33.3% assist rate in an elevated role.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Juancho Hernangomez Thaddeus Young

  • Scottie Barnes (knee) — Out

  • Fred VanVleet (illness) — In

  • Dalano Banton (ankle) — Out

  • Otto Porter (foot) — Out

  • Justin Champagnie (back) — Out

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Injured

  • Pascal Siakam (adductor) — Injured

Anunoby scored 27 points on 11-for-21 shooting in a 111-110 road loss to the Mavs with VanVleet inactive earlier in the month. VanVleet has registered a +11.8% usage differential and a +13.3% assist rate differential in 61 minutes with Barnes and Siakam off of the floor this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Jaylin Williams (G-League) — Out

  • Mike Muscala (finger) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Alperen Sengun (groin) — Available

  • Eric Gordon (injury maintenance) — Available

  • Bruno Fernando (injury management) — Out

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

The Rockets are running pick-and-rolls at the fifth-highest frequency of their possessions (20.1%) as they ask their starting guards to generate much of their offense. The Thunder have defended pick-and-roll ball handlers at the second-best percentile in the league.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: LeBron James, Dennis Schroder, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker, Thomas Bryant

  • LeBron James (adductor) — In

  • Anthony Davis (calf) — Out

  • Patrick Beverley (suspension) — Out

Listed "Probable" or "Questionable" before playing:

LeBron: 11-for-16 AD: 16-for-17

Schroder joined the starting lineup as James returned Friday and logged a 23.8% assist rate in 29.1 minutes. James registered a reduced 20.8% assist rate and Russell Westbrook played only 19.4 minutes as a result.

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Josh Richardson (ankle) — Out

  • Keita Bates-Diop (ankle) — Out

  • Doug McDermott (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Blake Wesley (knee) — Injured

The Spurs scored 57.0 points in the paint per game in the paint in their two matchups with the Lakers, which is 5.9 points greater than their average and 0.1 points off of the league-best average. San Antonio has averaged only 93.0 points in those two games because they shot 19.4% from three and made 7.5 free throws per game, which rank far below league averages.

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

Markkanen scored a career-high 38 points on an 88.9 eFG% in a 134-133 win against the Suns last Friday. Malik Beasley led the Jazz in usage (26.4%) and scored 27 points on a 79.4 eFG%. Opponents are shooting the fifth-highest three-point percentage (37.4%) against the Suns this season.

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (concussion) — Available

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Booker scored 49 points on 38.2% usage and also recorded a 34.5% assist rate and 17.5% defensive rebounding rate in a 134-133 loss against the Jazz last Friday. Ayton scored 17 points on 16.9% usage and dished out a career-high eight assists. Utah has allowed more points per 100 possessions (123.7) in their last five games than any other team.