NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/16

Dec 16th 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

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — Out

  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) — Out

  • Draymond Green (quad) — Out

  • Tobias Harris (back) — Out

  • Klay Thompson (knee) — Available

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Available

  • PJ Washington (personal) — Out

  • Gary Trent Jr. (quad) — Out

  • Kevin Huerter (ankle) — Available

  • Marcus Smart (illness) — In

  • Al Horford (personal) — Available

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Available

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Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Trent Forrest, Bogdan Bogdanovic, De'Andre Hunter, Onyeka Okongwu

  • Clint Capela (calf) — Injured

  • John Collins (ankle) — Injured

  • Dejounte Murray (ankle) — Injured

The Hornets have recorded the worst defensive rating (125.3) in the league in their last five games, which prompted coach Clifford to publicly call his team out Wednesday. Opponents have registered the second-best three-point percentage (42.3%) and recorded the third-most assists per game (28.8) in Charlotte's last five games.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, Jalen McDaniels, Mason Plumlee

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Available

  • PJ Washington (personal) — Out

  • Mark Williams (ankle) — Out

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Ball, Rozier, Hayward, and Plumlee haven't played together this season, but they all played in the two games Miles Bridges missed last season. Rozier (28.5%), Ball (22.8%), and Hayward (16.5%) led the trio in usage during those games. Ball (34.8%), Rozier (18.6%), and Plumlee (15.9%) posted the highest assist rates among the four.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Kevin Huerter (ankle) — Available

  • Davion Mitchell (illness) — Out

  • Alex Len (not with team) — Out

Terence Davis and Malik Monk absorbed most of Huerter's minutes Wednesday. Davis led the Kings with 28.6% usage, and Monk scored 24 points off the bench.

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Marvin Bagley (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Isaiah Livers (shoulder) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Hayes has posted an astronomical 50.0% assist rate in the last four games. He registered a 31.9% assist rate in the previous 13 games he started.

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

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Robert Williams (knee) — In

  • Al Horford (personal) — Available

  • Marcus Smart (illness) — In

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Chris Duarte (G-League) — Out

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

The Cavs have the second-best defensive rating (108.6) in the league. The Pacers have scored the fourth-fewest points per 100 possessions (106.6) against teams with top ten defensive ratings this season.

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

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Poole, Donte DiVincenzo, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney

  • Klay Thompson (knee) — In

  • Andrew Wiggins (adductor) — Out

  • Draymond Green (quad) — Out

  • James Wiseman (G League) — Available

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

  • Stephen Curry (shoulder) — Injured

Poole has logged a +7.1% usage differential and a +7.6% assist rate differential with Curry and Wiggins off the floor this season. Thompson and DiVincenzo should also play more significant offensive roles in Curry and Wiggins' absences.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, De'Anthony Melton, Matisse Thybulle, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Tobias Harris (back) — Out

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Not on injury report

  • Danuel House (foot) — Available

  • Furkan Korkmaz (illness) — Out

  • Tyrese Maxey (foot) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Royce O'Neale, Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton

  • Royce O'Neale (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Seth Curry (hamstring) — In

  • Patty Mills (illness) — Out

  • David Duke Jr. (G League) — Out

Simmons has been restricted to just over 20 minutes in the last two games, and that could persist for at least the near future. Claxton has averaged 16.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks in three matchups with the Raptors this season.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Juancho Hernangomez, Christian Koloko

  • Gary Trent Jr. (quad) — Out

  • OG Anunoby (hip) — Injured

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Injured

The Raptors are 0-3 against the Nets this season, including two losses with most of their roster available. They've scored 104.4 points per 100 possessions in those games, which would be the lowest offensive rating in the league over the entire season.

New York Knicks News

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

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (ankle) — Available

  • Obi Toppin (knee) — Injured

Six players logged 34.0 minutes or more in the Knicks' 128-120 road overtime win against the Bulls on Tuesday, and Randle led with 46.4 minutes. Randle (28.7%), Brunson (27.8%), and Barrett (25.9%) led Knicks players in usage by over 10.0%.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Ayo Dosunmu (pelvic) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

DeRozan (34.1%) and LaVine (29.8%) recorded heightened usage rates in Chicago's 128-120 home overtime loss against the Knicks on Tuesday. Coby White played 27.8 minutes and could again play a significant sixth-man role if Dosunmu remains out.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Austin Rivers, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Naz Reid

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — Out

  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) — Out

  • Austin Rivers — Not on injury report

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Out

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Injured

Naz Reid likely starts if Gobert is ruled out, and Reid logged 17.3% usage and grabbed 18 rebounds in 29.8 minutes when Gobert was ejected against the Thunder 13 days ago. Anderson led the Timberwolves with five assists with Russell out Wednesday, and Nowell's 33.9% usage led the team.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Aleksej Pokusevski

  • Darius Bazley (illness) — Out

  • Kenrich Williams (knee) — Out

  • Jaylin Williams (G League) — Available

  • Ousmane Dieng (wrist) — Injured

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Injured

  • 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 (tooth) — Available

  • Trendon Watford (Achilles) — Available

  • Nassir Little (hip) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

Portland has the best offensive rating (123.0) league-wide in December. They have made the third-most threes per game (15.8) at the second-best percentage (42.2%) this month. Dallas has allowed opponents to shoot the fifth-best three-point percentage (38.7%) in December.

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Josh Green (elbow) — Out

  • Davis Bertans (illness) — Out

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Injured

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Michael Porter Jr. (heel) — Injured

The Nuggets have the fourth-worst defensive rating (118.7) in December, largely because their opponents have shot the highest percentage from three (41.9%) this month. The Lakers have scored the lowest percent of their points from three (25.2%) 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) — Out

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (ankle) — Injured

Listed "Probable" or "Questionable" before playing:

LeBron: 20-for-25 AD: 24-for-26

James has been limited to averaging 22.8 points in his last five matchups with Aaron Gordon.