NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/11

Dec 11th 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 (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • Devin Booker (hamstring) — Out

  • De'Aaron Fox (foot) — Out

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — In

  • OG Anunoby (hip) — Out

  • De'Andre Hunter (hip) — Available

  • Keegan Murray (thumb) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — In

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Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Dario Saric, Deandre Ayton

  • Devin Booker (hamstring) — Out

  • Duane Washington Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Damion Lee, Cam Payne, Bridges, and Paul should generate a majority of the offense if Booker is ruled out. Lee would be most likely to start in Booker's stead, but Paul and Payne would likely log extended minutes together.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Dyson Daniels, Trey Murphy, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Out

  • Herb Jones (ankle) — Out

Williamson scored 35 points on 24.5% usage and Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points with a team-leading 29.9% usage rate in their 128-117 home win against the Suns on Friday. Naji Marshall exceeded 30 minutes off the bench for the second straight game.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverley, Lonnie Walker, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • Wenyen Gabriel (shoulder) — Injured

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (ankle) — Injured

Listed "Probable" or "Questionable" before playing:

LeBron: 18-for-23 AD: 22-for-24

Davis scored 38 points and secured 16 rebounds with James out against the Pistons earlier in the season. He isn't certain to match his 35.7% usage from that game with James active, but Detroit's paint defense hasn't improved since Isaiah Stewart returned.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart, Jalen Duren

  • Isaiah Livers (shoulder) — Out

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Ivey has registered a 39.5 eFG% in the last five games following a three-game absence due to a sore knee. He logged a 47.5 eFG% pre-injury.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • De'Aaron Fox (foot) — Out

  • Keegan Murray (thumb) — Available

  • Terence Davis (back) — Available

  • Alex Len (illness) — Out

Sabonis (+5.0%), Huerter (+3.9%), and Barnes (+3.7%) have recorded positive usage differentials in the two games Fox has missed this season. Davion Mitchell has posted a +8.6% assist rate differential in those games.

New York Knicks News

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

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (ankle) — Out

  • Obi Toppin (knee) — Injured

Randle has averaged 33.5 points and 12.0 rebounds on 30.5% usage in the last two games. He scored 46 points against the Kings last March, and Sacramento has allowed the seventh-most points in the paint per game (52.4) this season.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Christian Koloko

  • OG Anunoby (hip) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

  • Juancho Hernangomez (ankle) — Injured

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Injured

Gary Trent Jr. would likely rejoin the starting lineup if Anunoby is ruled out. Chris Boucher and Thad Young could play more significant roles off of the bench in that event.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Moe Wagner, Bol Bol

  • Jalen Suggs (ankle) — Out

  • Gary Harris (hamstring) — Out

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, Jalen McDaniels, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Mark Williams (ankle) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Orlando has allowed the fifth-fewest points in the paint per game (46.4) since coach Mosley moved Moe Wagner into the starting lineup. Opponents have shot the sixth most threes per game (37.4) against the Magic during that time.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Georges Niang (foot) — In

  • Danuel House (foot) — Out

  • Tyrese Maxey (foot) — Injured

Embiid has logged a decreased 19.5% assist rate and Harris' usage has declined to 16.8% with Harden back for the last two games.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — In

  • Alex Caruso (back) — Out

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Questionable

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Trent Forrest, AJ Griffin, De'Andre Hunter, Clint Capela

  • De'Andre Hunter (hip) — Available

  • Okyeka Okongwu (foot) — Available

  • John Collins (ankle) — Injured

  • Dejounte Murray (ankle) — Injured

Young (38.7%), Bogdan Bogdanovic (26.0%), and AJ Griffin (25.7%) led the Hawks in usage during the first full game Murray missed Friday. Hunter could return to a heightened offensive role, reducing the offensive burden on those three players.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Wesley Matthews (health protocols) — Out

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

Antetokounmpo scored 44 points on 17-for-21 shooting in 28 minutes against the Rockets with Middleton out earlier in the season. He scored 41 points on 15-20 shooting with Middleton available the last time he played in Houston.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Bruno Fernando (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

Porter Jr. scored a career-high 50 points the last time he played the Bucks at home back in April of 2021. He had 18 points on five-for-15 shooting in Milwaukee earlier this season.