NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/13

Dec 13th 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

  • De'Aaron Fox (foot) — In

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (ankle) — In

  • Draymond Green (ankle) — In

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Out

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out

  • Herb Jones (ankle) — Available

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Sacramento Kings News

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

  • De'Aaron Fox (foot) — In

  • Alex Len (illness) — Out

Malik Monk (+5.5%), Barnes (+3.7%), and Huerter (+3.6%) have led the Kings in usage differential in the three games Fox has missed this season. Their offensive roles should decline and Davion Mitchell and Matthew Dellavedova would lose minutes if Fox returns.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Matisse Thybulle, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Out

  • Danuel House (foot) — Out

  • Tyrese Maxey (foot) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Draymond Green (ankle) — In

  • Andrew Wiggins (adductor) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

The Bucks allowed the most threes per game (14.5) last season and have allowed the fourth-least (10.9) this season. They have also allowed the fourth-fewest points in the paint per game (46.8), and opponents have attempted the third-highest frequency of mid-range shots (36.6%) against Milwaukee. Green (36.0%) and Thompson (34.0%) have shot the highest percentage of their shots from mid-range amongst active Warriors rotation players.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (ankle) — In

  • Wesley Matthews (health protocols) — Available

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

Antetokounmpo (+7.5%) and Middleton (+6.0%) had the highest assist rate differentials with Holiday off the floor last season. Middleton (+4.0%) and Antetokounmpo (+2.6%) also had two of the three highest usage differentials with Holiday off.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Devin Booker (hamstring) — Out

  • Duane Washington Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Cam Payne (+8.0%), Bridges (+6.0%), and Ayton (+3.1%) recorded the highest usage differentials on the team in Booker's absence Sunday. Six Suns had double-digit field goal attempts, and Paul dished out 11 assists.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

Green has logged 31.3% usage in the last five games after posting a 26.7% clip in his first 21 contests. He's registered a 34.1% usage rate and a 35.7 eFG% in two games against the Suns this season.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Trey Murphy, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Out

  • Herb Jones (ankle) — Available

McCollum found his stride in Sunday's overtime win, scoring 29 points and dishing out seven assists as he recorded 26.8% usage. His and Williamson's facilitating roles could expand with Jones likely displacing Dyson Daniels from the lineup.

Utah Jazz News

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

  • Lauri Markkanen (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Jordan Clarkson (hip) — Not on injury report

  • Mike Conley (injury maintenance) — Not on injury report

  • Simone Fontecchio (ankle) — Out

  • Collin Sexton (hamstring) — Injured

The Pelicans have posted the third-best defensive rating (105.0) during their current seven-game winning streak. However, New Orleans has allowed opponents to make 13.1 threes per game during their winning streak, which would be the fourth-most in the league over the entire season. The Jazz have made the fourth-most threes per game (14.6) this season.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Blake Griffin

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out

  • Al Horford (personal) — Out

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

The Celtics have allowed an additional 5.5 points in the paint per game compared to last season, partially due to Williams' season-long absence. The Lakers have scored the third-most points in the paint per game (56.6) this season.

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

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