NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/28

Nov 28th 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

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Available

  • Jimmy Butler (ankle) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — Available

  • Bam Adebayo (hip) — Available

  • Fred VanVleet (thumb) — Available

  • Derrick White (illness) — Available

  • Nic Claxton (ankle) — Available

  • Cam Johnson (leg) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (Achilles) — In

  • Cam Thomas (ankle) — Out

  • Keegan Murray (back) — Out

  • Dillon Brooks (adductor) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (toe) — Available

  • Dereck Lively (back) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (thumb) — Available

  • Haywood Highsmith (back) — Out

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Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (toe) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — Available

  • Derrick White (illness) — Available

  • Kristaps Porzingis (calf) — Injured

Despite a small sample size, the Celtics see a legitimate drop-off in offensive production when Holiday sits. In 15 games with Holiday, they've averaged 117.3 points per game. In the two outings he missed, they've averaged 104.5 points which would rank as the fewest per game league-wide. Boston should be able to produce offensively against Chicago regardless of Holiday's final status, as the Bulls have a bottom-ten Offensive (109.3) and Defensive Rating (115.2) and have lost eight of their last 10 outings.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory issues) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton

  • Nic Claxton (ankle) — Available

  • Cam Johnson (leg) — Available

  • Cam Thomas (ankle) — Out

  • Noah Clowney (shoulder) — Out

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (back) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

Thomas received an upgrade in status for Tuesday's contest after missing the previous eight games. While he's not expected to play, the upgrade bodes well for his availability moving forward. Thomas has a team-high 30.8% usage rate, and his 26.9 points per game are the ninth-most of any player league-wide. Bridges and Dinwiddie have led the way since Thomas went down, as they've combined to average 40.5 points on 30.5 field goal attempts per contest.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, Saddiq Bey, Clint Capela

  • Jalen Johnson (wrist) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

  • Kobe Bufkin (thumb) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Max Strus, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Dean Wade (ankle) — Out

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (personal) — NWT

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Khris Middleton (Achilles) — In

  • Jae Crowder (adductor, abdomen) — Injured

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Josh Richardson, Duncan Robinson, Kevin Love, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (ankle) — Out

  • Bam Adebayo (hip) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (thumb) — Available

  • Haywood Highsmith (back) — Available

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Injured

  • RJ Hampton (knee) — Injured

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

Miami is averaging 111.6 points per game this season with Butler available. In the three games he missed, they scored just 101.3 points per game which would rank as the fewest league-wide. His final status will be critical against the Bucks, whose Defensive Rating has slowly improved. Milwaukee's 116.0 Defensive Rating over the first ten games ranked as the league's seventh-worst. In the last seven games, they've posted a rating of 113.7, the eleventh-best league-wide over that span.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Brandon Miller, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges, Mark Williams

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Nick Richards (concussion) — Out

  • James Bouknight (knee) — Available

  • Frank Ntilikina (leg) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Ball was helped off of the court last game after he couldn't put weight on the right ankle that he fractured and had season-ending surgery on in March of this year. His listing for Tuesday's outing came as a bit of a surprise, with many assuming he'd miss extended time. If he does ultimately miss multiple games, usage would likely funnel to Rozier, who returned from a nine-game absence in the last contest and had the second-highest usage rate (25.4%) team-wide. Last season, in 30 games sans Ball, Rozier saw a +3.7% usage increase and posted a team-high rate of 28.9%.

New York Knicks News

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

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Chet Holmgren

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

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Fred VanVleet (thumb) — Available

  • Dillon Brooks (adductor) — Available

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Available

  • Jae'Sean Tate (knee) — Available

  • Amen Thompson (ankle) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, Grant Williams, Dereck Lively II

  • Dereck Lively (back) — Available

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Injured

Doncic avoided the injury report for Tuesday's contest despite his recent MRI revealing a sprained left thumb. The initial injury occurred in the last game when he attempted to steal the ball from James Harden but instead made contact with Harden's knee. Doncic finished the game and practiced on Monday before coach Kidd said he'd be expected to play Tuesday. Lively II also participated in Monday's practice, but it's unclear how much he could do. Doncic's team-high 34.4% usage rate is the second-highest league-wide among starters, and his availability will be of use against a Rockets team that has won seven of their last 10 games.

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Draymond Green (suspension) — In

  • Usman Garuba (finger) — Out

Green is set to return from a five-game suspension. In his absence, the Warriors lost three of five outings and had the league's eighth-worst Defensive Rating (118.7). In the 12 games before Green's suspension, their Defensive Rating (110.5) was just outside the league's top ten. His return comes at an opportune time, as Golden State will face a Kings team that ranks top-ten in scoring, averaging 115.5 points per contest.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Keegan Murray (back) — Out

  • Keon Ellis (ankle) — Available

  • Alex Len (ankle) — Injured