NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/14

Dec 14th 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

  • Stephen Curry (knee) — Available

  • Trae Young (back) — Available

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (back) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Available

  • Jalen Brunson (foot) — Available

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — In

  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) — Out

  • Klay Thompson (injury management) — Out

  • Draymond Green (ankle) — Available

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Available

  • Kevin Huerter (ankle) — Out

  • Max Strus (shoulder) — In

  • John Wall (injury management) — Out

  • Monte Morris (groin) — Available

  • Zach Collins (ankle) — Out

  • Alex Caruso (back) — Available

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Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Isaiah Livers (shoulder) — Out

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Duren has logged an increased 35.2% defensive rebounding rate since moving into the starting lineup for the last two games. Marvin Bagley has registered an elevated 22.9% usage rate off of the bench in the last two contests.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Available

  • Mark Williams (ankle) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Donte DiVincenzo, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Stephen Curry (knee) — Available

  • Klay Thompson (injury management) — Out

  • Andrew Wiggins (adductor) — Out

  • Draymond Green (ankle) — Available

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

Curry (+5.6%) and Poole (+2.3%) have recorded the highest usage differentials on the Warriors with Wiggins and Thompson off the floor this season. Indiana has allowed opposing guards to make the second-most threes per game (8.5).

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Myles Turner

  • Chris Duarte (G-League) — Out

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Trae Young (back) — Available

  • Clint Capela (Achilles) — Not on injury report

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • John Collins (ankle) — Injured

  • Dejounte Murray (ankle) — Injured

Bogdanovic posted 28.6% usage in 34.6 minutes during his last two games. He would carry more of the offensive burden along with Griffin and Hunter if Young is ruled out. Trent Forrest and Aaron Holiday would assume the facilitating responsibilities along with Bogdanovic 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) — Injured

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

The Hawks have allowed the second-most points in the paint per game (56.7) since Collins suffered his ankle injury. Franz Wagner (10.8) and Banchero (9.9) lead the Magic at points in the paint per game.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Terence Davis, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Kevin Huerter (ankle) — Out

  • Alex Len (not with team) — Out

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Thaddeus Young

  • Juancho Hernangomez (ankle) — Available

  • OG Anunoby (hip) — Injured

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Injured

VanVleet, Trent Jr., Barnes, and Siakam played 37.7 minutes or more in the first game of Anunoby's absence. Their time and Chris Boucher's could remain heightened in competitive games until Anunoby returns.

New York Knicks News

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

  • Jalen Brunson (foot) — Available

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (ankle) — Out

  • Obi Toppin (knee) — Injured

Immanuel Quickley and Miles McBride have been the two reserve guards in a tight rotation lately, and one would likely start if Brunson is ruled out. Barrett (+3.1%) has the highest usage differential with Brunson off the floor this season, and Randle (+7.4%) has the highest assist rate differential with Brunson off the court.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Alex Caruso, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Alex Caruso (back) — Available

  • Ayo Dosunmu (pelvic) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Tom Thibodeau's teams have won 49.1% of their games since he accepted the Timberwolves' head coaching position. Thibodeau has recorded a 9-4 record against the Bulls in that time.

Miami Heat News

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

  • Jimmy Butler (injury management) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — In

  • Max Strus (shoulder) — In

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Probable

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Out

  • Duncan Robinson (ankle) — Probable

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — On track to play

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Adebayo could be teed up for a big performance: he has recorded a +3.0% usage differential and a +2.7% assist rate differential in games Butler has missed this season. Oklahoma City's burliest center is out, they have allowed the fourth-most points in the paint per game (53.8), and they've logged the lowest defensive rebounding rate (68.6%) in the league.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Darius Bazley

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Out

  • Kenrich Williams (knee) — Out

  • Ousmane Dieng (G-League) — Out

  • Jaylin Williams (G-League) — Out

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Available

  • Drew Eubanks (hip) — Available

  • Nassir Little (hip) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Josh Richardson, Keldon Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop, Charles Bassey

  • Zach Collins (ankle) — Out

  • Keita Bates-Diop (foot) — Available

  • Josh Richardson (hand) — Available

  • Romeo Langford (ankle) — Out

  • Stanley Johnson (signed) — TBD

  • Jakob Poeltl (knee) — Injured

  • Blake Wesley (knee) — Injured

Gorgui Dieng started and played 21.3 minutes to Bassey's 20.6 as the Spurs lost to the Lakers by 31 in the one game Poeltl and Collins both missed this season. However, Bassey has consistently been ahead of Dieng in the rotation since Poeltl was injured.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Lamar Stevens, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Dean Wade (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Cleveland (96.46) and Dallas (96.75) have played at the slowest paces in the league this season. Their matchup opened with an expected total of 214.5, which is the lowest in the slate.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell

  • Maxi Kleber (knee) — Out

  • Josh Green (elbow) — Out

  • Davis Bertans (illness) — Available

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Taj Gibson

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (back) — Out

  • Monte Morris (groin) — Available

  • Anthony Gill (heel) — Available

  • Rui Hachimura (ankle) — Injured

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

Kuzma and Morris lead the team with +4.9% usage differentials with Beal and Porzingis off the floor this season.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Michael Porter Jr. (heel) — Injured

Murray has been playing more of his minutes with the second unit during the last three games. Sharing the floor less with Murray has factored in Jokic logging an elevated 32.8% usage rate in that time.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Austin Rivers, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) — Out

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Out

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Injured

Jaylen Nowell or Austin Rivers would likely start if Russell is ruled out. Edwards and Anderson could assume lead facilitating roles in that event.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • John Wall (injury management) — Out

  • Jason Preston (G-League) — Out

  • Norman Powell (groin) — Injured