NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/3

Nov 3rd 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

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

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — In

  • Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) — In

  • Darius Garland (hamstring) — In

  • Nikola Jokic (back) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (quad) — Available

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — Out

  • Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) — Said he'll play

  • Zach LaVine (back) — In

  • Jarrett Allen (ankle) — In

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — In

  • Daniel Gafford (ankle) — Available

  • Shaedon Sharpe (thumb) — In

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Cleveland Cavaliers News

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

  • Darius Garland (hamstring) — In

  • Jarrett Allen (ankle) — In

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Out

  • Ricky Rubio (personal) — NWT

The four-man lineup of Garland, Mitchell, Mobley, and Allen played 871 minutes in 48 games last season. They logged a 118.9 offensive rating which was the 12th highest among lineups totaling at least 500 minutes. If they play Friday, it will be the first time on the floor together in a regular season game since April 4.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Bruce Brown, Bennedict Mathurin, Obi Toppin, Myles Turner

  • Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) — In

  • Jalen Smith (knee) — Available

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, Josh Hart, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — Out

Barrett's averaged a team-high 21.0 points per game and leads all starters with a 57.3% true shooting percentage. The team logged a 92.7 offensive rating in their home loss against the Cavs last game without him after they recorded a 106.5 offensive rating with him in the previous four games.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Andre Jackson Jr. (hip) — Available

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Daniel Gafford (ankle) — Available

  • Corey Kispert (ankle) — Out

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Haywood Highsmith, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — In

  • Kevin Love (shoulder) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (knee) — Out

The Heat were bottom-two in pace last season and were near that in October to start the year. It's a pace-up spot against the Wizards who are first in pace through four games. Herro's 29 transition points are a team-high and seventh-highest in the league, despite the team's bottom-end 0.99 transition points league-wide.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Cam Thomas, Mikal Bridges, Dorian Finney-Smith, Ben Simmons

  • Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) — Said he'll play

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) — Available

  • Nic Claxton (ankle) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (calf) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Torrey Craig, Nikola Vucevic

  • Zach LaVine (back) — In

  • Ayo Dosunmu (illness) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Post-All-Star break last season, Williams came off the bench in 16 games and averaged 9.9 points on 51.3% shooting. The team logged a +10.8 Net Rating with him on the floor in those games. Through five games, Williams is converting 26.7% of 6.0 attempts from the field per game and the team has recorded a 115.9 defensive rating with him on the floor in 22.4 minutes per game. Despite the slow start, however, coach Donovan has yet to hint at any lineup changes.

Golden State Warriors News

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

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Josh Giddey, Cason Wallace, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Chet Holmgren

  • Jaylin Williams (hamstring) — Available

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee) — Out

  • Kenrich Williams (back) — Out

Without their leading scorer, the Thunder must lean on defense and hustle stats against the Warriors. The team is first in contested shots (55.8) and second in loose balls recovered (7.8) per game, and while their defensive rating is average, they're fourth league-wide in blocks (6.6) per game.

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — In

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Out

  • Markieff Morris (illness) — Out

The Mavs are scoring 44.7% of their points and attempting 50.1% of their shots from three-point range this season. Both are the highest rates in the league. They attempted a league-high 48.7% of their shots from deep last season as well. Doncic (11.3) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (9.3) are among the top ten league-wide in three-point attempts per game. Meanwhile, teams have struggled with perimeter shooting against the Nuggets. Last season, teams shot 34.4% (third-lowest) from deep against them and this year they've averaged 29.6% (fourth-lowest) from three-point range.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Nikola Jokic (back) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (quad) — Available

  • Christian Braun (shin) — Available

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Desmond Bane, Ziaire Williams, David Roddy, Jaren Jackson Jr.

  • Santi Aldama (ankle) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (knee) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (suspension) — Out

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Malcolm Brogdon, Shaedon Sharpe, Matisse Thybulle, Jerami Grant, Deandre Ayton

  • Shaedon Sharpe (thumb) — In

  • Scoot Henderson (ankle) — Out

  • Ish Wainright (calf) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (thumb) — Injured

Brogdon's logged a team-high 28.2% usage rate through five games and he's in line for an increase in minutes as long as Henderson is sidelined. Henderson's 62.2 touches per game will mostly be apportioned to Brogdon and Grant.