NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/23

Dec 23rd 2023

Cooper 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

  • Luka Doncic (quad) — Not on injury report

  • Jayson Tatum (ankle) — Available

  • Kawhi Leonard (hip) — Out

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (foot) — Available

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (ankle) — In

  • Zion Williamson (illness) — In

  • Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) — Available

  • Victor Wembanyama (ankle) — Out

  • Dejounte Murray (forearm) — Available

  • Terry Rozier (knee) — Out

  • Mark Williams (back) — Out

  • Jalen Suggs (wrist) — Out

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (back) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (heel) — Available

  • Brandin Podziemski (back) — Available

  • Killian Hayes (illness) — Out

  • Jordan Clarkson (thigh) — Available

  • Dante Exum (leg) — Not on injury report

  • Toumani Camara (thumb) — Available

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Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Malik Beasley, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (foot) — Available

  • MarJon Beauchamp (elbow) — Available

  • Jae Crowder (adductor) — Injured

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • DaQuan Jeffries (illness) — Out

  • Jericho Sims (ankle) — Injured

  • Mitchell Robinson (ankle) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Jayson Tatum (ankle) — Available

  • Svi Mykhailiuk (heel) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) — Out

  • Luke Kornet (adductor) — Injured

In the previous outing sans Tatum, the Celtics didn't miss a beat as they converted 52.4% of their threes, scoring 66 points from beyond the arc. Brown led the team with a 35.5% usage rate, while Porzingis scored 24 points and added six blocks. With Porzingis set to miss the contest, Boston will likely insert Horford into the starting lineup. He'll have no easy task against a Clippers team that allows the third-fewest points per game to centers and has the league's ninth-best Defensive Rating (112.5).

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Paul George, Amir Coffey, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (hip) — Out

  • Moussa Diabate (hip) — Out

  • Mason Plumlee (knee) — Injured

George sat two games ago, while Leonard missed the previous contest. The Clippers won the outing sans George but lost to the Thunder when Leonard sat. Harden had a team-high 29.6% usage rate in that loss. Leonard is uncertain to play again, and his team could use his services against Boston. The Celtics are tied for most wins league-wide with 21, and their +9.1 Net Rating ranks second to only the 76ers. The Clippers have won nine of their last 10 games, and their 125.2 Offensive Rating over that span is the league's highest.

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

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ish Smith, Brandon Miller, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards

  • Terry Rozier (knee) — Out

  • Mark Williams (back) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Available

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

  • Frank Ntilikina (leg) — Injured

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Anthony Black, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Suggs (wrist) — Out

  • Joe Ingles (ankle) — Out

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Obi Toppin, Myles Turner

  • Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) — Available

  • Bruce Brown (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Smith (knee, heel) — Available

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Available

  • Reggie Bullock (illness) — Out

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Zion Williamson (illness) — In

  • Cody Zeller (ankle) — Out

  • Matt Ryan (elbow) — Injured

  • Larry Nance Jr. (rib) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Vince Williams, Jaren Jackson Jr., Bismack Biyombo

  • Marcus Smart (foot) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) — Injured

  • Luke Kennard (knee) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Atlanta Hawks News

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

  • Dejounte Murray (forearm) — Available

  • Onyeka Okongwu (heel) — Available

  • Kobe Bufkin (thumb) — Available

  • Vit Krejci (thumb) — Available

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Out

  • AJ Griffin (personal) — Out

  • Jalen Johnson (wrist) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Ausar Thompson, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Out

  • Killian Hayes (illness) — Out

  • Monte Morris (quad) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Lonnie Walker (hamstring) — Injured

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Collin Sexton, Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, Kelly Olynyk, John Collins

  • Jordan Clarkson (thigh) — Available

  • Talen Horton-Tucker (foot) — Out

  • Keyonte George (foot) — Injured

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Craig Porter Jr., Max Strus, Isaac Okoro, Dean Wade, Jarrett Allen

  • Donovan Mitchell (illness) — Out

  • Caris LeVert (knee) — Out

  • Sam Merrill (wrist) — Out

  • Evan Mobley (knee) — Injured

  • Darius Garland (jaw) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio — NWT

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Henri Drell (thumb) — Out

  • Onuralp Bitim (nose) — Out

  • Torrey Craig (foot) — Injured

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: LeBron James, Cam Reddish, Taurean Prince, Jarred Vanderbilt, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (ankle) — In

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — In

  • Rui Hachimura (wrist) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (back) — Available

The Lakers have lost four straight, including the previous game when they were without James. After that outing, Davis acknowledged the team's recent struggles. "It's the NBA season. There's going to be ups, there's going to be downs. Right now we're in that down period," said Davis. "We just got to continue to fight and continue to play hard. Play with some effort, some energy and we're treating Saturday as a must-win." He also noted that he expects the team to be fully healthy for the upcoming game.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Cason Wallace, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Chet Holmgren

  • Josh Giddey (ankle) — Out

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Malaki Branham, Devin Vassell, Julian Champagnie, Jeremy Sochan, Zach Collins

  • Victor Wembanyama (ankle) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (back) — Available

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dante Exum, Derrick Jones Jr., Grant Williams

  • Luka Doncic (quad) — Not on injury report

  • Dante Exum (leg) — Not on injury report

  • Kyrie Irving (heel) — Injured

  • Dereck Lively II (ankle) — Injured

  • Josh Green (elbow) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (toe) — Injured

Doncic was sidelined for the first leg of the back-to-back set, and the Mavericks lost by 26 points. Jaden Hardy received a spot start in that contest and will likely do so again if Doncic remains out. Regardless of who starts, they should be able to find success against a Spurs team that gives up 27.5 points per game to point guards, the second-most league-wide. San Antonio has lost 21 of its last 22 games, and the last time Dallas faced them, the Mavericks put up 126 points in a win.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Malcolm Brogdon, Anfernee Simons, Toumani Camara, Jerami Grant, Deandre Ayton

  • Toumani Camara (thumb) — Available

  • Shaedon Sharpe (adductor) — Out

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

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

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) — Out

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Towns went down during the fourth quarter of the previous outing and never reemerged from the locker room. After that game, coach Finch didn't have an update on Towns' injury but hoped it was not too serious. The extent of his injury remains unclear, but it's being called a sore left knee. In his absence, Edwards should have free reign in terms of usage. Edwards has seen a +1.9% usage rate increase when on the floor sans Towns this season. The Timberwolves will face the Kings, who give up the fourth-most points per game (23.8) to shooting guards and have a bottom-10 Defensive Rating (115.9).

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Malik Monk (foot) — Out

  • Alex Len (ankle) — Injured