NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/6

Nov 6th 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

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee) — Available

  • Luka Doncic (quad) — In

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — In

  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) — Available

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — Available

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — In

  • Kristaps Porzingis (eye) — Available

  • Draymond Green (ankle) — In

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (adductor) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (wrist) — In

  • Derrick White (personal) — Out

  • Deni Avdija (ankle) — Available

  • Daniel Gafford (ankle) — Available

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Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Draymond Green (ankle) — In

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Killian Hayes, Ausar Thompson, Isaiah Stewart, Marvin Bagley

  • Jaden Ivey (illness) — Out

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Out

  • Alec Burks (forearm) — Out

  • Joe Harris (shoulder) — Out

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Injured

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

  • Isaiah Livers (ankle) — Injured

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham, Keldon Johnson, Victor Wembanyama, Zach Collins

  • Devin Vassell (adductor) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (wrist) — In

After Thursday's game, coach Popovich said that Vassell would likely be "out for a while." However, after an MRI showed a mild strain, Vassell is now considered day-to-day. In the last game without him, the Spurs started Branham, who shot eight-of-nine from the field and scored a season-high 16 points.

Indiana Pacers News

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

Last game, Haliburton posted 43 points and 12 assists while shooting eight-of-12 from three-point range. He'll now match up with the Spurs, who give up 25.7 points per game to point guards, the third-most league-wide. In San Antonio's previous outing, Dennis Schroder scored 24 points, tying his season-high.

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Luka Doncic (quad) — In

  • Kyrie Irving (foot) — In

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Out

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Goga Bitadze

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Jonathan Isaac (hamstring) — Out

  • Gary Harris (groin) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hand) — Injured

With Fultz sidelined for the last two outings, Banchero posted a 33.3% assist percentage. In games with Fultz available, Banchero has an average assist percentage of 23.1%. If Fultz sits again, Banchero will likely retain more of a playmaking role against the Mavs, who give up the sixth-most assists per game (27.8) and allowed 10 assists to two Hornets starters in their previous contest.

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Deni Avdija (ankle) — Available

  • Daniel Gafford (ankle) — Available

  • Corey Kispert (ankle) — Available

With a couple of starters uncertain to suit up, there could be more usage available for some of the other players, particularly Kuzma and Poole. Through five games, the two have posted respective team-high usage rates of 32.1% and 30.9%. Despite an increased role, Poole is averaging fewer points per game (17.6) than he did in each of the last two seasons while posting his worst field goal percentage (41.8%) since his rookie year.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Kelly Oubre Jr., Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid

  • Nicolas Batum (personal) — Available

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Lonnie Walker (knee) — Available

  • Nic Claxton (ankle) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (calf) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • Jaxson Hayes (ankle) — Out

  • Rui Hachimura (concussion) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — Injured

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (knee) — Injured

Miami Heat News

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

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (wrist) — Available

  • RJ Hampton (illness) — Out

  • Nikola Jovic (illness) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (knee) — Out

Through six contests, Herro has posted career-highs in points (25.8), rebounds (5.7), and assists per game (5.0). His 45.3% field goal and 45.1% three-point percentage are also career-bests. Herro's numbers were down in the lone game he played without Butler this season. He will face a Lakers team that has allowed the 10th-fewest points per game (21.7) to shooting guards.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac

  • James Harden (reconditioning) — In

  • Terance Mann (ankle) — Injured

  • Brandon Boston Jr. (quad) — Injured

The Clippers will have James Harden available for the first time since acquiring him last Monday. Coach Lue said that when Harden and Westbrook are playing together, Westbrook will be expected to manage more ball-handling responsibilities, with Harden playing more off-ball. Lue also mentioned that Harden will probably have a minutes restriction as they don't want to play him "crazy minutes" right away.

New York Knicks News

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

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — In

With Barrett sidelined, the Knicks have lost two straight. They scored 97.0 points per game in those contests compared to the 106.5 points they averaged in the first four outings with Barrett available. They'll hope to have him for this matchup against the Clippers, whose opponents have scored 109.2 points per game, the eighth-fewest league-wide.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Clarkson, Talen Horton-Tucker, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, Walker Kessler

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Alex Caruso (elbow) — Available

  • Patrick Williams (finger) — Available

  • Ayo Dosunmu (illness) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: Davion Mitchell, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • De'Aaron Fox (ankle) — Out

  • Trey Lyles (calf) — Out

As Fox remains sidelined, the Kings must get offensive production from some of their ancillary players. In the last two outings without Fox, they've scored 95.0 points per game, the fewest league-wide over that span. In games with Fox available, Sacramento has averaged 125.3 points per contest.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Amen Thompson (ankle) — Injured

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Kristaps Porzingis (eye) — Available

  • Derrick White (personal) — Out

  • Oshae Brissett (thumb) — Available

  • Neemias Queta (foot) — Out

With White missing the last game, the Celtics started Al Horford and Porzingis in a double-big lineup. It was Horford's first start of the season, and he responded by posting a team-high plus-29 plus/minus over 30 minutes in a game that his team won by 10.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela

  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — Injured

  • Kobe Bufkin (thumb) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee) — Available

  • Kenrich Williams (back) — Out

Gilgeous-Alexander hyperextended his knee two games ago but was able to finish the contest. He missed the last outing as the Thunder gave up 141 points in a loss. Wallace will likely draw another spot start like he did last game when he scored 13 points in a career-high 36 minutes. He should have opportunities, as the Hawks have given up the second-most points per game (25.2) to shooting guards.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: Brandon Ingram, Herb Jones, Jordan Hawkins, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • CJ McCollum (lung) — Injured

  • Jose Alvarado (ankle) — Injured

  • Trey Murphy (knee) — Injured

  • Naji Marshall (knee) — Injured

McCollum was diagnosed with small pneumothorax in his right lung. He had the same ailment in 2021 and was sidelined for 18 contests. According to the team, he'll be examined further within the next day to determine his progress and timeline. In his absence, more usage should funnel to Ingram, whose 26.6% usage rate is the lowest he's posted since the 2018-2019 season.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (hamstring) — Out

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Murray exited the last contest and didn't return. With him sidelined, more usage should go to Jokic against the Pelicans, who allow the eighth-most points per game (24.5) to centers. Last season, Jokic averaged 27.7 points, 15.0 rebounds, and 11.3 assists per game in three contests against New Orleans.