NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/26

Dec 26th 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

  • Jimmy Butler (ankle) — Out

  • Bam Adebayo (illness) — Out

  • Zion Williamson (conditioning) — Out

  • Herb Jones (health protocols) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Available

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Out

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Available

  • Eric Gordon (thumb) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Available

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Available

  • Trey Murphy (illness) — Out

  • Dyson Daniels (illness) — Out

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Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Joe Harris (knee) — Out

  • Seth Curry (illness) — Out

The Nets have led the league in three-point percentage (42.8%) and have recorded the second-most assists per game (24.8) during their eight-game winning streak. Opponents have shot the fifth-worst three-point percentage (33.7%) and recorded the third-fewest assists per game (21.4) against Cleveland in December.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Lamar Stevens, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Robin Lopez (illness) — Out

  • Dean Wade (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

The Cavs have posted the fifth-best defensive rebounding rate (73.7%) this season, and the Nets have registered the worst offensive rebounding rate (23.2%). Garland has recorded reduced 23.8% usage during the previous six games.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Paul George, Nic Batum, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (injury management) — Out

  • John Wall (ankle) — Available

  • Jason Preston (G League) — Out

George has registered the highest usage differential on the Clippers (+2.5%) during games Leonard has missed this season. The Clippers have a 14-4 record against teams with bottom-ten defensive ratings, but they have scored the fourth-fewest points per 100 possessions (111.5) against those teams. The Pistons have the second-worst defensive rating (118.8) league-wide.

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Marvin Bagley (illness) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (shoulder) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

The Pistons have a 1-15 record against teams with top-ten defensive ratings, and Detroit has scored the fewest points per 100 possessions (104.6) against those teams. The Clippers have the fourth-best defensive rating (109.6) this season.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Out

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Out

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Injured

Russell was limited to three points on one-for-five shooting against the Heat earlier in the season, and he has averaged 13.0 points during his previous five matchups against Miami. Naz Reid played roughly 12 minutes with Gobert on Friday, and additional power forward minutes could remain available for Reid if Anderson remains out.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Max Strus, Caleb Martin, Nikola Jovic

  • Jimmy Butler (ankle) — Out

  • Bam Adebayo (illness) — Out

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Available

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — Out

  • Udonis Haslem (Achilles) — Available

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Orlando Robinson and Nikola Jovic will likely man the center position for most of the game if Adebayo is ruled out. Vincent (+7.9%), Herro (+6.9%), Lowry (+5.4%), and Victor Oladipo (+4.5%) have logged the highest usage differentials on the Heat with Butler and Adebayo off the floor this season.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Eric Gordon (thumb) — Available

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

Smith Jr. has registered 20.7% usage in the previous five games after recording 17.3% usage in his first 26 games. He attempted a career-high 17 shots in Gordon's absence Friday, and Smith Jr.'s +2.3% usage differential in games Gordon has missed this season leads Houston's starters.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Alex Caruso (concussion, shoulder) — Out

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Available

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Coach Donovan deployed an eight-man rotation Friday and played Andre Drummond next to Vucevic for roughly 11 minutes. Drummond, Coby White, or Goran Dragic should play additional time if Donovan opts for an eight-man rotation against the Rockets.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Myles Turner

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Available

  • Jalen Smith (ankle) — Available

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

Oshae Brissett's role increased the most in Nesmith's absence Friday. He played 26.4 minutes off the bench, and Bennedict Mathurin logged 19.6 minutes in a start.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: Jose Alvarado, CJ McCollum, Naji Marshall, Jaxson Hayes, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Zion Williamson (conditioning) — Out

  • Herb Jones (health protocols) — Out

  • Trey Murphy (illness) — Out

  • Dyson Daniels (illness) — Out

  • Larry Nance Jr. (Achilles) — Available

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Injured

The Pacers have allowed the seventh-most points in the paint per game (52.2) since coach Carlisle began favoring smaller lineups for extended periods nine games ago.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Jarred Vanderbilt, Walker Kessler

  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) — Out

San Antonio Spurs News

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

Sochan continued to be more involved in San Antonio's offense and posted 23.9% usage and four assists despite Johnson returning Friday. He registered 23.2% usage and a 20.7% assist rate in the previous three games and could retain a more significant offensive role moving forward.

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Nick Richards (ankle) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Available

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Available

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Out

  • Nassir Little (hip) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

The Hornets have played at the fastest pace in the league (105.9 possessions/game) since Ball returned on December 14th. Due partially to their increased pace, the Hornets have allowed the third-most points per game (123.8) during that time.