NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/9

Nov 9th 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • LeBron James (foot) — In

  • Trae Young (shin) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Available

  • Paolo Banchero (ankle) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (foot) — Available

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (adductor) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (ankle) — Out

  • Steven Adams (ankle) — Available

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (adductor) — In

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (hip) — Available

  • Aaron Nesmith (foot) — Available

  • Quentin Grimes (foot) — Available

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Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Justise Winslow, Drew Eubanks

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Available

  • Anfernee Simons (foot) — Available

  • Jerami Grant (ankle) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (adductor) — Out

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — In

  • Keon Johnson (hip) — Out

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

Simons has received 26.8% usage and Lillard 32.9% usage in the six games the duo have played together this season. Lillard's 24.8% assist rate is 7.1% higher than Simons'.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Dennis Smith Jr., Kelly Oubre, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Cody Martin (quad) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

Rozier has a 19.0% assist rate in the last two games, returning to more of an off-guard role while Smith Jr. and James Bouknight have functioned as lead distributors.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Ish Smith (calf) — Out

  • Zeke Nnaji (ankle) — Available

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Aaron Nesmith (foot) — Available

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Out

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Injured

Andrew Nembhard played 34 minutes Monday while taking on 17.3% usage and posting a 20.0% assist rate in the first game without Nesmith and Duarte.

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (hip) — Available

  • Christian Wood (knee) — Out

  • Davis Bertans (knee) — Injured

Wood ranks second on the Mavs in usage and Hardaway Jr. is third. Josh Green would benefit most if Hardaway Jr. is ruled out, while Maxi Kleber, JaVale McGee, and Dwight Powell should play larger roles in Wood's absence.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Chuma Okeke, Wendell Carter Jr., Bol Bol

  • Paolo Banchero (ankle) — Out

  • Kevon Harris (rib) — Out

  • Cole Anthony (oblique) — Injured

  • Moe Wagner (ankle) — Injured

  • Markelle Fultz (toe) — Injured

  • Gary Harris (knee) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Chuma Okeke, Terrence Ross, and Bol could receive the core of Banchero's minutes. Banchero's 29.4% usage leads available Magic players by a 6.5% margin.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Jarred Vanderbilt, Kelly Olynyk

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (adductor) — In

  • Ochai Agbaji (G-League) — Out

Malik Beasley would likely receive another start with Rudy Gay, Walker Kessler, and Talen Horton-Tucker again taking on more minutes if Vanderbilt remains out.

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Trae Young (shin) — Available

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — Injured

Murray recorded 32.1% usage and a 61.1% assist rate without Young on Monday. Aaron Holiday started and received additional minutes along with Justin Holiday and AJ Griffin, who scored a career-high 24 points on 66.6% shooting.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart

  • Alec Burks (foot) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (knee) — Out

Detroit has received the second-fewest points per game from their reserves (23.5 per game).

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, Al Horford

  • Luke Kornet (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

The Pistons are 0-5 away from home and are tied for the worst defensive rating in the league, allowing 116.5 points per 100 possessions.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Cam Reddish RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Jericho Sims

  • Quentin Grimes (foot) — Available

  • Mitchell Robinson (knee) — Injured

The Knicks' 31.8% offensive rebounding rate ranks sixth in the league. The Nets have secured just 65.7% of their defensive boards, which ranks last.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Edmond Sumner, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton

  • Yuta Watanabe (ankle) — Out

  • Kyrie Irving (suspension) — Out

  • TJ Warren (foot) — Injured

Durant averaged 37.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 9.7 assists in three games against the Knicks last season, including a monster 53-point effort.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Out

  • Bruno Fernando (knee) — Injured

Jalen Green (26.6%) and Kevin Porter Jr. (25.6%) lead the Rockets in usage. The Raptors have the stingiest guard defense in the league, allowing opponents to make only 10.8 field goals per game.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Christian Koloko

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Out

  • Pascal Siakam (adductor) — Injured

Toronto's 22.5 fast break points per game outpaces the rest of the league by 3.8 points nightly. Houston's 18.5 fast break points allowed per game ranks 29th.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Larry Nance Jr. (knee) — Out

  • Garrett Temple (personal) — Out

  • Kira Lewis (ACL) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Andre Drummond (shoulder) — In

  • Coby White (quad) — Out

  • 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

Cam Payne should start if Paul is ruled out. Booker had a +5.3% assist rate differential when Paul was off of the floor last season.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Rudy Gobert (health protocols) — Not on injury report

  • Austin Rivers (illness) — Out

Gobert's return should reduce minutes for Kyle Anderson, Taurean Prince, and Naz Reid.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, MarJon Beauchamp, Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (wrist) — Injured

  • Pat Connaughton (calf) — Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

Antetokounmpo had a +15.2% assist rate differential without Holiday and Middleton on the floor last season.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Aleksej Pokusevski, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (shoulder) — Available

  • Ousmane Dieng (G-League) — Out

  • Jaylin Williams (G-League) — Out

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Santi Aldama, Steven Adams

  • Steven Adams (ankle) — Available

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (foot) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Brandon Clarke played 31 minutes at center and Xavier Tillman 17 when Adams was out on Monday.

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Romeo Langford (toe) — Not on injury report

  • Doug McDermott (ankle) — Available

  • Malaki Branham (G-League) — Out

  • Zach Collins (leg) — Injured

  • Blake Wesley (knee) — Injured

San Antonio's 71.4% team assist rate is the best in the league. The last team to post an assist rate that high was the 2003-2004 New Jersey Nets.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: LeBron James, Patrick Beverley, Austin Reaves, Troy Brown Jr., Anthony Davis

  • Patrick Beverley (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • LeBron James (foot) — In

  • Lonnie Walker (illness) — Out

  • Dennis Schroder (thumb) — Injured

  • Thomas Bryant (thumb) — Injured

On injury report before playing:

LeBron: 9-for-10 AD: 9-for-10

Six of the eight players who could receive more time if Walker is ruled out have usage rates of 16.2% or less.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Paul George, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • John Wall (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Kawhi Leonard (injury management) — Injured

The Clippers' 107.7 defensive rating positions them fourth in the league. The Lakers' 103.5 offensive rating ranks last.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

The Kings are allowing guards to shoot 49.6% from the field, which ranks 28th in the league.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Malik Monk (groin) — In

Barnes' and Murray's minutes would be more secure with Davion Mitchell, Terence Davis, and Trey Lyles taking on more time if Monk is ruled out.