NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/15

Dec 15th 2023

Jay PerssonCooper Boni

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 (calf) — In

  • Zion Williamson (ankle) — In

  • Jaylen Brown (knee) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (illness) — Available

  • Jordan Poole (ankle) — Available

  • Kristaps Porzingis (calf) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • D'Angelo Russell (migraine) — Out

  • Cam Reddish (knee) — Out

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Out

  • Taurean Prince (knee) — In

  • Grayson Allen (groin) — Available

  • Mark Williams (back) — Out

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New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Zion Williamson (ankle) — In

  • Matt Ryan (elbow) — Injured

  • Larry Nance Jr. (rib) — Injured

Williamson's availability for Friday's outing is in question, and if he were to be ruled out, it would be his second consecutive missed game. Before the previous contest, coach Green noted that the ankle was fine, so Williamson's return should come sooner rather than later. If he can suit up, he'll match up with a Hornets team that allows the second-most points (27.8) and rebounds (11.6) per game to opposing power forwards. If Williamson sits, Dyson Daniels would be in line to draw another spot start.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Brandon Miller, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards

  • Mark Williams (back) — Out

  • PJ Washington (shoulder, bicep) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

  • Frank Ntilikina (leg) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Killian Hayes, Bojan Bogdanovic, Ausar Thompson, Isaiah Stewart

  • Marvin Bagley III (back) — Out

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Injured

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, Nicolas Batum, Joel Embiid

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Bruce Brown, Buddy Hield, Obi Toppin, Myles Turner

  • Jalen Smith (knee, heel) — Injured

  • Andrew Nembhard (knee) — Injured

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Jordan Poole (ankle) — Available

  • Landry Shamet (rib) — Out

  • Eugene Omoruyi (G League) — Out

  • Johnny Davis (calf) — Injured

  • Delon Wright (knee) — Injured

  • Ryan Rollins (knee) — Injured

The Wizards have lost 20 of 23 games this season, including 15 of the last 16. Their 121.9 Defensive Rating is the league's worst, and their -10.6 Net Rating ranks second-worst league-wide. Now, they could be without one of their most important players in Poole. Corey Kispert will likely step into the starting lineup if Poole has to miss time, with Jared Butler providing additional guard depth off the bench. Avdija (+4.3%) has seen the largest usage rate differential of any Wizards player this season with Poole off the court.

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hand) — Injured

Fultz has been upgraded to questionable after missing the previous 15 games due to left knee tendinitis. He stated that he was close to a return on Thursday, which was solidified by his listing. The Magic have been consistent with their starting unit since Fultz has been sidelined, but Anthony Black should slide back to a reserve role when Fultz is fully healthy. Due to his lengthy absence, Fultz may have a minutes restriction when he returns. Orlando has won 13 of their 17 games sans Fultz this season.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Lamar Stevens

  • Jaylen Brown (knee) — Available

  • Kristaps Porzingis (calf) — Out

  • Al Horford (rest) — Out

  • Luke Kornet (adductor) — Out

  • Dalano Banton (illness) — Out

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Saddiq Bey, Onyeka Okongwu, Clint Capela

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Out

  • AJ Griffin (personal) — Out

  • Jalen Johnson (wrist) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

  • Kobe Bufkin (thumb) — Injured

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Austin Reaves, Max Christie, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, Jaxson Hayes

  • LeBron James (calf) — In

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — Out

  • Taurean Prince (knee) — In

  • D'Angelo Russell (migraine) — Out

  • Cam Reddish (knee) — Out

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (back) — Available

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (back) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

Davis continues to be listed on the injury report but has played in 17 consecutive games. He led the team with 23 field goal attempts on Wednesday with James sidelined and would again see increased usage if James doesn't return. Regardless of who's available, they'll get an enticing matchup with a Spurs team that has lost 20 of 23 contests and is riding an 18-game losing streak. San Antonio struggled with Davis in the previous contest, and opposing centers are averaging 25.4 points and 16.2 rebounds against the Spurs this season, both of which are top-four marks league-wide.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Malaki Branham, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Victor Wembanyama

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Injured

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Amen Thompson (illness) — Out

  • Jae'Sean Tate (illness) — Out

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Derrick Rose, Desmond Bane, Vince Williams, Jaren Jackson Jr., Bismack Biyombo

  • Desmond Bane (illness) — Available

  • Ja Morant — Suspended

  • Marcus Smart (foot) — Injured

  • Luke Kennard (knee) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Over the last five outings, Jackson Jr.'s 33.4 points per game have been the fourth-most of any player league-wide. He's converted 48.5% of his 6.6 three-point attempts per game over that span. Bane missed the previous outing, and his status for Friday's contest is in question. The Grizzlies' Net Rating isn't greatly impacted with Bane off the court, and Jackson Jr. becomes the number one offensive option with a team-high 34.9% usage rate in those minutes.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Jericho Sims

  • Mitchell Robinson (ankle) — Injured

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Grayson Allen (groin) — Available

  • Eric Gordon (leg) — Out

  • Josh Okogie (hip) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

The Suns' trio of Durant, Booker, and Beal lost in its season debut last game. Durant and Booker combined for 61 points on 18-of-33 from the field, but Beal scored 14 points in 34 minutes, and Phoenix got just 14 points off the bench. The "big three" is slated to appear together again, this time against New York. The Knicks have lost three of their last four games, and they suffered a defeat the last time they faced the Suns, despite Jalen Brunson's 35 points in that outing.