NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/23

Dec 23rd 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Zion Williamson (health protocols) — Out

  • Tyrese Haliburton (wrist) — Available

  • Jimmy Butler (injury management) — Available

  • Damian Lillard (wrist) — Available

  • Kristaps Porzingis (illness) — In

  • CJ McCollum (calf) — Available

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — In

  • Keldon Johnson (hamstring) — Not on injury report

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — Available

  • Terry Rozier (hip) — Available

  • Russell Westbrook (foot) — Available

  • Desmond Bane (toe) — Available

  • Evan Mobley (knee) — In

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Available

  • Clint Capela (calf) — In

  • Michael Porter Jr. (heel) — Said he'll play

  • Marcus Smart (illness) — In

  • John Wall (ankle) — Out

  • Gary Trent Jr. (quad) — In

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Out

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Out

  • Deni Avdija (back) — Out

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Available

  • Lamar Stevens (knee) — In

  • Quentin Grimes (ankle) — In

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San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Keldon Johnson (hamstring) — Not on injury report

  • Blake Wesley (G League) — Available

The Spurs' usage has been remarkably even with Johnson sidelined for the last two games. Five players (Jones, Vassell, Sochan, Josh Richardson, and Doug McDermott) posted usage rates between 23.7 and 21.4%.

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Available

  • Jalen Suggs (ankle) — Out

  • Gary Harris (hamstring) — Available

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Carter Jr. likely faces a minute restriction if cleared after missing the previous 17 games. Moe Wagner, Bol Bol, and Admiral Schofield should lose time when Carter Jr. rejoins the lineup.

Los Angeles Clippers News

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

  • John Wall (ankle) — Out

  • Jason Preston (G League) — Out

  • Brandon Boston (G League) — Out

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Tyrese Maxey (foot) — Injured

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Isaiah Livers (shoulder) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Bogdanovic averaged 27.5 points on 27.6% usage in his first two games against the Hawks this season despite Cunningham being active for both contests.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • Clint Capela (calf) — In

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Rivers, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Rudy Gobert

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — In

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Out

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Out

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Injured

Austin Rivers has started in Anderson's stead and averaged 18.5 points in 36.5 minutes on an 85.0 eFG% in the last two games.

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Marcus Smart (illness) — In

  • Robert Williams (illness) — Out

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Malcolm Brogdon averaged 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in 30.9 minutes during the last two games Smart missed.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Out

Antetokounmpo has averaged 37.3 points and 11.9 rebounds in his last eight meetings with the Nets, and his offense should be further valued with Middleton unlikely to play.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Kyrie Irving (calf) — Not on injury report

  • Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) — Available

  • Joe Harris (knee) — Out

The Nets have a 3-5 record against teams ranked in the top ten of defensive rating this season, and Brooklyn's 111.9 points per 100 possessions against those teams rank 15th league-wide. The Bucks boast the second-best defensive rating (108.8) this season.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Juancho Hernangomez, Pascal Siakam

  • Gary Trent Jr. (quad) — In

  • Khem Birch (illness) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Injured

The Raptors are 2-0 against the Cavs this season, and both matches finished with totals of 213 points or less.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Evan Mobley (knee) — In

  • Lamar Stevens (knee) — In

  • Dean Wade (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Only one of Kevin Love's four starts last season came when Mobley was sidelined. Love could play additional minutes if Mobley is ruled out, but coach Bickerstaff would likely opt for a smaller starting lineup against the Raptors based on precedent.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Alex Caruso (concussion, shoulder) — Out

  • Goran Dragic (ankle) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Out

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Dosunmu and Coby White cleared 29.0 minutes after Caruso didn't return Wednesday. However, their time should be reduced slightly with Dragic expected to rejoin the lineup.

New York Knicks News

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

  • Quentin Grimes (ankle) — In

  • Obi Toppin (knee) — Injured

Immanuel Quickley started in Grimes' stead Wednesday, and Quickley logged 15.3% usage in 34.6 minutes.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Bennedict Mathurin, Buddy Hield, Myles Turner

  • Tyrese Haliburton (wrist) — Available

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Out

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

Nembhard posted 22.0% usage and a 41.2% assist rate during the two games that Haliburton previously missed this season, though TJ McConnell was also out for those matches. Bennedict Mathurin (+6.0%) and Turner (+4.5%) have recorded the highest usage differentials on the Pacers with Haliburton off the floor this season.

Miami Heat News

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

  • Jimmy Butler (injury management) — Available

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Available

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — Out

  • Udonis Haslem (Achilles) — Available

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Oladipo has averaged 34.0 minutes while posting 16.7% usage during the previous three games. He could remain in a sixth-man role despite Miami's roster improving in health, but Vincent's potential return, in particular, could reduce Oladipo's time.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, Christian Wood

  • Dorian Finney-Smith (adductor) — Out

  • Kemba Walker (injury recovery) — Out

  • Frank Ntilikina (knee) — Available

  • Jaden Hardy (back) — Out

  • Tyler Dorsey (G League) — Available

  • McKinley Wright (G League) — Available

  • Josh Green (elbow) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Injured

Wood has registered increased 27.5% usage and a heightened 25.9% defensive rebounding rate in the last five games. However, Houston has limited opponents to scoring the second-fewest points in the paint per game (44.7) during their previous 15 contests.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Eric Gordon (thumb) — Out

  • Garrison Mathews (illness) — Available

  • Josh Christopher (G League) — Available

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

Martin has posted 17.0% usage while averaging 7.0 rebounds in 30.5 minutes during six starts this season.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Naji Marshall, Trey Murphy, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Zion Williamson (health protocols) — Out

  • CJ McCollum (calf) — Available

  • Larry Nance Jr. (Achilles) — Out

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Injured

McCollum scored 40 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out nine assists, and led the Pelicans with 34.4% usage with Williamson and Ingram both sidelined Thursday. Valanciunas' 28.1% usage was second on the team, and eight players exceeded 20 minutes in a balanced rotation.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Tre Mann (G League) — Available

  • Jaylin Williams (G League) — Out

  • Ousmane Dieng (wrist) — Injured

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

The Pelicans have registered the fourth-worst defensive rating (118.9) league-wide over their previous seven games. New Orleans allowed the third-fewest points per 100 possessions (107.6) during their first 24 matches.

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Damian Lillard (wrist) — Available

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Available

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Available

  • Drew Eubanks (hip) — Available

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Out

  • Nassir Little (hip) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

Nurkic was limited to 22.6 minutes Wednesday after being sidelined by a sore calf during Monday's game. It isn't clear if Nurkic will face a formal restriction in the near future.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — Available

  • Michael Porter Jr. (heel) — Said he'll play

  • Jeff Green (back) — Available

  • Peyton Watson (ankle) — Available

Jokic (+2.1%) and Gordon (+1.5%) have logged the highest usage differentials on the Nuggets in games Porter Jr. has missed this season, and their usage could decline roughly by those amounts if Porter Jr. and Murray both return. Bruce Brown started at point guard with Murray sidelined Tuesday, and Gordon posted 30.3% usage.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

  • Desmond Bane (toe) — Available

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

The Grizzlies' projected starting lineup has yet to play together this season, and they shared the floor for only 109 minutes last season. Brooks led the group with 27.1% usage during those minutes. Morant (23.9%), Jackson Jr. (20.2%), and Bane (19.4%) logged reduced usage in that lineup.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Out

  • Chris Paul (shoulder) — Not on injury report

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Out

  • Josh Okogie (hip) — Available

  • Jock Landale (concussion) — Available

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Ayton (+8.3%), Paul (+6.5%), Landry Shamet (+5.0%), and Bridges (+4.3%) have logged positive usage differentials with Booker and Payne both sidelined for the last two games.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Kristaps Porzingis (illness) — In

  • Deni Avdija (back) — Out

  • Will Barton (back) — Out

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Available

Beal (35.1%) and Kuzma (28.8%) have led Wizards starters in usage by over 10.0% with Porzingis out for the last two games. Daniel Gafford has averaged 24.5 minutes and Taj Gibson 21.8 minutes during Porzingis' absence.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Richaun Holmes (illness) — Available

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Terry Rozier (hip) — Available

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Ball (34.4%) and Kelly Oubre (29.2%) have logged heightened usage with Rozier out for the past two games. Hayward and Washington haven't exceeded 18.0% usage during either game Rozier missed.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverley, Lonnie Walker, LeBron James, Thomas Bryant

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Russell Westbrook (foot) — Available

  • Austin Reaves (ankle) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Injured

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (ankle) — Injured

The Lakers have recorded the second-worst defensive rating (124.5) league-wide with Davis sidelined for the last three games. Charlotte has posted the fifth-worst offensive rating (109.6) since LaMelo Ball returned five games ago.