NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/30

Nov 30th 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) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (calf) — Available

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) — Out

  • Jaylen Brown (neck) — Available

  • CJ McCollum (conditioning) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — In

  • Dillon Brooks (thigh) — In

  • Reggie Jackson (back) — Available

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Out

  • De'Andre Hunter (hip) — Available

  • Max Strus (shoulder) — In

  • John Wall (injury management) — Available

  • Norman Powell (groin) — Out

  • Mo Bamba (back) — Out

  • Jaden McDaniels (illness) — Out

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — Out

  • Ayo Dosunmu (knee) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (illness) — In

  • Lamar Stevens (illness) — Out

  • Keita Bates-Diop (ankle) — Available

  • Troy Brown Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Lonnie Walker (foot) — Out

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Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Shake Milton, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Tyrese Maxey (foot) — Injured

  • James Harden (foot) — Injured

Embiid reclaimed his role in his return Monday, recording 35.9% usage, a 23.3% defensive rebounding rate, and a 31.8% assist rate in 35.5 minutes. He played against the Cavs with Jarrett Allen out twice last season and averaged 39.5 points and 17.0 rebounds.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Dean Wade, Mamadi Diakite, Evan Mobley

  • Jarrett Allen (back) — Out

  • Kevin Love (thumb) — Out

  • Lamar Stevens (illness) — Out

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

The Cavaliers play at the second-slowest pace in the league and the 76ers the fourth-slowest, as both teams average less than 98.0 possessions per game. That helped cause this game to open with an expected total of 211.5, which is the lowest in the slate.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — Out

  • De'Andre Hunter (hip) — Available

  • Justin Holiday (health protocols) — Out

  • Jalen Johnson (ankle) — Out

  • Tyrese Martin (G-League) — Out

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Bol Bol

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Jalen Suggs (ankle) — Out

  • Cole Anthony (oblique) — Available

  • Mo Bamba (back) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (toe) — Available

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Out

  • Terrence Ross (illness) — Available

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Anthony and Fultz are likely limited as they return from injuries that sidelined them for over a month. Coach Mosley has brought starters off of the bench during similar scenarios in the past.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Max Strus, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — In

  • Max Strus (shoulder) — In

  • Caleb Martin (illness) — In

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (ankle) — Available

  • Haywood Highsmith (ankle) — Available

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — Out

  • Jamal Cain (illness) — Available

  • Nikola Jovic (foot) — Available

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Martin and Herro shouldn't be threats to sit out despite their questionable tags. Herro has played 39.3 minutes per game while dishing out ten assists in each of the last two games, and his heightened facilitating role could persist until Butler returns.

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Jaylen Brown (neck) — Available

  • Al Horford (back) — Not on injury report

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Opponents are making the fourth-most three-pointers per game (13.1) against the Heat due to their emphasis on paint defense. The Celtics have made the most threes per game (16.7) at the second-highest highest percentage (41.4) this season.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Rui Hachimura (ankle) — Out

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) — Out

  • David Duke Jr. (illness) — Available

  • Day'Ron Sharpe (illness) — Out

  • TJ Warren (foot) — Injured

The projected starters played nearly 20 minutes together in the second half after Simmons' injury Monday. Durant (25.0%) and O'Neale (21.1%) led the team in assist rate after intermission.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • MarJon Beauchamp (illness) — Out

  • Serge Ibaka (illness) — Out

  • Sandro Mamukelashvili (G-League) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (wrist) — Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

New York Knicks News

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

The Knicks lead the league at points scored in the paint per game (57.0) and the Bucks allow the fewest points in the paint per game (43.9). New York has lost the last four games to Milwaukee, and they have been defeated by an average of 13.25 points per game.

Memphis Grizzlies News

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

  • Dillon Brooks (thigh) — In

  • Jake LaRavia (foot) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (toe) — Injured

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Santi Aldama, David Roddy, and Tyus Jones likely claim most of Brooks' minutes if he is ruled out. Jackson Jr. (+4.3%) led the Grizzlies in usage differential with Brooks and Bane off of the floor last season.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Wendell Moore Jr., Anthony Edwards, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • Jaden McDaniels (illness) — Out

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Out

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Injured

Russell and Edwards should pick up additional usage with Towns out for four-to-six weeks, as Anderson's 13.0% usage is 11.4% lower than Towns' rate.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Thaddeus Young

  • Otto Porter (foot) — Out

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Injured

Anunoby's usage declined to 16.7% in Siakam's return Monday despite Trent Jr. and Barnes coming off of the bench. His 20 points were a result of a 76.9 eFG%.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: Jose Alvarado, Herb Jones, Trey Murphy, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Out

  • CJ McCollum (conditioning) — Out

  • Larry Nance Jr. (shoulder) — In

  • Naji Marshall (illness) — Out

Williamson recorded a team-best 34.8% assist rate with McCollum and Ingram out Monday. He can again serve as a lead facilitator if McCollum remains out.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop, Zach Collins

  • Josh Richardson (ankle) — Out

  • Keita Bates-Diop (ankle) — Available

  • Romeo Langford (back) — Available

  • Alize Johnson (signed) — TBD

  • Jakob Poeltl (knee) — Injured

  • Jeremy Sochan (quad) — Injured

  • Blake Wesley (knee) — Injured

Collins received the second-half start when Poeltl was injured Saturday but played five and a half minutes after intermission due to an apparent restriction in his second game back from a fractured fibula.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Aleksej Pokusevski, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) — Out

  • Mike Muscala (finger) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Giddey led the Thunder in usage (30.0%) and assist rate (50.0%) in the one game that Gilgeous-Alexander missed this season. Tre Mann started and received 21.5% usage.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

Sengun scored 18 points on 34.5% usage in 23.4 minutes in Houston's 129-113 loss to Denver on Monday. He registered his fourth personal foul early in the second half and didn't return as none of the Rockets' starters played in the fourth quarter.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Bruce Brown, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

  • Michael Porter Jr. (heel) — Out

  • Bones Hyland (illness) — Available

  • Jeff Green (knee) — Injured

Murray had his best game of the season against the Rockets on Monday, scoring 31 points on 35.6% usage and a 76.5 eFG% in 25.5 minutes. Jokic scored 32 points on 40.3% usage in 27.4 minutes.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Ayo Dosunmu (knee) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (ankle) — Available

  • Goran Dragic (neck) — Available

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (thumb) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Los Angeles Clippers News

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

  • Reggie Jackson (back) — Available

  • John Wall (injury management) — Available

  • Norman Powell (groin) — Out

  • Paul George (knee) — Injured

  • Kawhi Leonard (ankle) — Injured

  • Luke Kennard (calf) — Injured

Zubac played 35.0 minutes in two previous games against the Jazz and averaged 11.5 rebounds. Utah ranks 29th in the league in defensive rebounding rate (68.0%).

Utah Jazz News

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

  • Leandro Bolmaro (concussion) — Available

  • Mike Conley (knee) — Injured

  • Rudy Gay (hand) — Injured

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Injured

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Trey Lyles (illness) — Out

Sabonis could be set up well against his former team, as the Pacers boast the fourth-worst defensive rebounding rate (69.5%) in November. He also logged a 31.7% assist rate in his last five games after posting a 26.1% rate in the first 14 games.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Anfernee Simons, Justise Winslow, Jerami Grant, Trendon Watford, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Out

  • Nassir Little (hip) — Out

  • Keon Johnson (hip) — Out

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Patrick Beverley, Dennis Schroder, Austin Reaves, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (adductor) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (calf) — Available

  • Troy Brown Jr. (foot) — Out

Listed "Probable" or "Questionable" before playing:

LeBron: 13-for-18 AD: 17-for-19

James has recorded a 17.5% assist rate since returning from injury, and Dennis Schroder has led starters with a 23.4% rate. James could return to a lead facilitating role if coach Ham elects to start Patrick Beverley over Schroder, as Beverley has posted a 13.6% assist rate this season.