NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/2

Dec 2nd 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 (adductor) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (calf) — Available

  • Trae Young (shoulder) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (wrist) — Available

  • Tyrese Haliburton (groin) — Available

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — In

  • CJ McCollum (conditioning) — In

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — In

  • Jamal Murray (quad) — Available

  • Tobias Harris (illness) — Available

  • Clint Capela (foot) — Available

  • Max Strus (shoulder) — Available

  • Mo Bamba (back) — Out

  • Lonnie Walker (foot) — Available

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — In

  • Dennis Schroder (personal) — Out

  • Lamar Stevens (illness) — In

  • Naji Marshall (conditioning) — Available

  • Torrey Craig (groin) — Out

  • Troy Brown Jr. (foot) — Available

  • Jalen Johnson (ankle) — Available

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Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Rui Hachimura (ankle) — Injured

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

The Wizards' offense has become increasingly reliant on Beal, Kuzma, and Porzingis in the wake of Hachimura's injury. All three players have averaged over 25.0 points in the last five games, and Morris' 9.0 points per game rank fourth on the team.

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • Terry Rozier (illness) — Not on injury report

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Jamal Murray (quad) — Available

  • Michael Porter Jr. (heel) — Out

  • Jeff Green (knee) — Out

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Dejounte Murray, Jarrett Culver, AJ Griffin, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela

  • Trae Young (shoulder) — Out

  • Clint Capela (foot) — Available

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — In

  • Jalen Johnson (ankle) — Available

  • Justin Holiday (health protocols) — Out

  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) — Available

  • Trent Forrest (concussion evaluation) — Out

  • John Collins (ankle) — Injured

  • De'Andre Hunter (hip) — Injured

Young and Murray should shoulder more of the offense due to Collins and Hunter's injuries. Hunter (19.8%) and Collins (15.8%) respectively rank third and fifth on the team in usage.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — In

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — In

  • Max Strus (shoulder) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (ankle) — Available

  • Haywood Highsmith (ankle) — Available

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — Available

  • Nikola Jovic (foot) — Available

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Refresher of what offensive roles looked when the Heat had most of their lineup together for the first 11 games: Herro (25.7%), Butler (23.5%), and Adebayo (22.9%) led the team in usage. Butler (25.0%) and Lowry (24.5%) were the only starters who recorded assist rates greater than 16.0%.

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Tatum scored 49 points against the Heat on Wednesday, largely because he shot eight-for-12 from three. Brown led the Celtics with a 43.5% usage rate.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Christian Koloko

  • Otto Porter (foot) — Out

  • Chris Boucher (arm) — Not on injury report

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton

  • TJ Warren (foot) — Not on injury report

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Injured

  • Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) — Injured

Claxton has averaged 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks in two games against the Raptors this season.

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Jalen Suggs (ankle) — Out

  • Mo Bamba (back) — Out

  • Gary Harris (hamstring) — Out

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Lamar Stevens, Dean Wade, Evan Mobley

  • Jarrett Allen (back) — Out

  • Kevin Love (thumb) — In

  • Lamar Stevens (illness) — In

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Mobley has registered a 19.6% rebounding rate with Allen out for the last three games. The Magic have logged the third-worst rebounding rate (44.8%) in the previous two games while starting Bol Bol and Paolo Banchero in the frontcourt.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: LeBron James, Patrick Beverley, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (adductor) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (calf) — Available

  • Lonnie Walker (foot) — Available

  • Dennis Schroder (personal) — Out

  • Troy Brown Jr. (foot) — Available

Listed "Probable" or "Questionable" before playing:

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Davis has recorded a 30.4% defensive rebounding rate in his last seven games after logging a 21.7% rate in his first 11 games.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Khris Middleton (wrist) — In

  • MarJon Beauchamp (illness) — Out

  • Serge Ibaka (illness) — Out

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

Middleton likely faces a minute restriction as his activity is ramped up over the next several games. Antetokounmpo and Holiday's usage rates should decline as they share the floor with Middleton.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Shake Milton, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Tobias Harris (illness) — Available

  • Tyrese Maxey (foot) — Injured

  • James Harden (foot) — Injured

Embiid averaged 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 36.4% in his last two games against Steven Adams.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, John Konchar, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

  • Jake LaRavia (foot) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (toe) — Injured

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Out

  • CJ McCollum (conditioning) — In

  • Herb Jones (ankle) — Out

  • Naji Marshall (conditioning) — Available

McCollum's expected return should reduce Williamson and Dyson Daniels' facilitating roles. Marshall and McCollum could both have their minutes restricted after remaining out for Wednesday's game for conditioning purposes.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop, Zach Collins

  • Josh Richardson (ankle) — Out

  • Doug McDermott (ankle) — Out

  • Charles Bassey (G-League) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (back) — Available

  • Jakob Poeltl (knee) — Injured

  • Jeremy Sochan (quad) — Injured

  • Blake Wesley (knee) — Injured

The Spurs rank 28th in points off turnovers allowed per game (21.3) and points in the paint allowed per game (54.5). The Pelicans rank fifth in the league in both points off turnovers per game (19.6) and points in the paint per game (55.3).

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Cam Payne, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Dario Saric, Deandre Ayton

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Torrey Craig (groin) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

The Suns are 8-0 against the Rockets in the last three seasons. They have won by an average of 11.0 points per game.

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Tyrese Haliburton (groin) — Available

  • Jalen Smith (face) — Not on injury report

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Injured

TJ McConnell would likely start if Haliburton is ruled out against the Jazz, but his usage is 6.7% lower than Haliburton's 23.1% rate. McConnell's assist rate is also 14.1% lower than Haliburton's 51.3% clip.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Jarred Vanderbilt, Kelly Olynyk

  • Mike Conley (knee) — Injured

  • Rudy Gay (hand) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Alex Caruso, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Javonte Green, Nikola Vucevic

  • Alex Caruso (ankle) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

Opponents are shooting the league's second-best three-point percentage (37.9) against the Bulls this season. The Warriors are scoring the second-highest percentage of their points (41.2) from three in the league.