NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/22

Dec 22nd 2023

Jay Persson

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

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Out

  • Seth Curry (back) — Available

  • De'Anthony Melton (thigh) — Out

  • Aaron Gordon (heel) — Available

  • Brandin Podziemski (back) — Available

  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) — Out

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Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Kelly Oubre, Tobias Harris, Marcus Morris, Joel Embiid

  • De'Anthony Melton (thigh) — Out

  • Patrick Beverley (heel) — Out

  • Robert Covington (illness) — Said he'll play

  • Mo Bamba (illness) — Out

  • Nicolas Batum (hamstring) — Out

De'Anthony Melton is in jeopardy of missing his first game of the season on Friday. He was helped off the court in Wednesday's win after a collision in the second quarter. Coach Nurse revealed that it was just a knee to his thigh and nothing was wrong with Melton's knee. Melton has taken on a larger role this season, averaging a career-high in minutes (28.8), points (11.6), and assists (3.4) per game. If he's unable to suit up, Patrick Beverley would receive a spot start.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

  • Aaron Gordon (heel) — Available

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Cam Thomas, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Nic Claxton

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (back) — In

  • Lonnie Walker (hamstring) — Injured

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Garrison Mathews, Saddiq Bey, Clint Capela

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Out

  • AJ Griffin (personal) — Out

  • Jalen Johnson (wrist) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

  • Kobe Bufkin (thumb) — Injured

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jaime Jaquez, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (calf) — Out

  • Kevin Love (illness) — Available

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jaden Hardy, Tim Hardaway Jr., Derrick Jones Jr., Grant Williams, Markieff Morris

  • Seth Curry (back) — Available

  • Luka Doncic (quad) — Out

  • Dante Exum (leg) — Out

  • Kyrie Irving (heel) — Injured

  • Dereck Lively II (ankle) — Injured

  • Josh Green (elbow) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Injured

The Mavericks head into Friday's game with seven players listed on the injury report, currently the highest amount of any team in the league. Down three primary starters, the team will be playing its first game without stars Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Jaden Hardy and Tim Hardaway Jr. will be forced into larger roles, and the offense could suffer as a result.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Out

  • Reggie Bullock (illness) — Out

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Washington Wizards News

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

  • Landry Shamet (rib) — Not on injury report

  • Danilo Gallinari (rest) — Out

  • Johnny Davis (calf) — Injured

  • Delon Wright (knee) — Injured

  • Ryan Rollins (knee) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Brandin Podziemski, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney

  • Brandin Podziemski (back) — Available

  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) — Out

  • Draymond Green (suspension) — Out

  • Gary Payton II (calf) — Injured

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Eric Gordon, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Drew Eubanks

  • Josh Okogie (hip) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (personal) — Out

  • Keita Bates-Diop (migraine) — Available

  • Bradley Beal (ankle) — Injured

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Jusuf Nurkic is missing his first game as a member of the Suns due to personal reasons. Drew Eubanks should slide into the starting lineup as a replacement with Chimezie Metu playing additional minutes off the bench. With Nurkic and Bradley Beal (ankle) off the court this season, Kevin Durant (+2.21) and Devin Booker (+2.19) have seen positive increases in usage rate. The duo combined for 66 of the team's 104 points in Tuesday's loss.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Malik Monk (foot) — Available

  • JaVale McGee (wrist) — Available

  • Alex Len (ankle) — Injured