NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/3

Dec 3rd 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) — Out

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) — Available

  • Paul George (knee) — Out

  • Kawhi Leonard (ankle) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (knee) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (conditioning) — Out

  • Brook Lopez (rest) — Available

  • Klay Thompson (injury management) — Out

  • Christian Wood (illness) — Out

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Out

  • Jalen Suggs (ankle) — Out

  • Mo Bamba (back) — Out

  • Eric Gordon (injury management) — Out

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Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell

  • Kemba Walker (signed) — TBD

  • Christian Wood (illness) — Out

Hardaway Jr. started the last three games and registered 22.1% usage, which is 12.5% higher than Reggie Bullock's season-long usage rate. Doncic posted an assist rate 3.4% higher than his season-long average in the last three games.

New York Knicks News

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

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (ankle) — Out

Brunson leads the Knicks with 28.7% usage in the last six games. He figures to remain aggressive in his first career game against the Mavs, who have allowed opposing guards to shoot the third-best field goal percentage (52.8) since Tim Hardaway Jr. joined the starting lineup three games ago.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Trey Lyles (illness) — Not on injury report

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Terance Mann, Amir Coffey, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Paul George (knee) — Out

  • Kawhi Leonard (ankle) — Out

  • Norman Powell (groin) — Out

  • Luke Kennard (calf) — Injured

John Wall (42.2%), Morris (27.5%), and Jackson (26.4%) led the Clippers in usage with George, Leonard, and Powell sidelined Wednesday.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Jordan Nwora, Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (knee) — Out

  • Brook Lopez (rest) — Expected to play

  • Khris Middleton (conditioning) — Out

  • MarJon Beauchamp (illness) — Out

  • Serge Ibaka (illness) — Out

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

Carter has led the Bucks with a +10.1% usage differential and a +16.4% assist rate differential with Antetokounmpo, Holiday, and Middleton off the floor this season. Allen (+6.4%), Portis (+4.5%), and Nwora (+4.4%) have positive usage differentials in that event as well.

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Rozier has led the Hornets in usage (27.8%) and assist rates (34.8%) as he has played without Hayward and Ball in his last two games.

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

Fultz and Anthony's strict minute restrictions lasted one game: Fultz played 30 minutes Friday, and Anthony played 29 minutes. Fultz's 28.6% assist rate is the highest on the team in the last two games.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Out

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Aleksej Pokusevski, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) — Available

  • Mike Muscala (finger) — Available

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Pokusevski (26.7%), Dort (25.3%), Jalen Williams (24.7%), and Tre Mann (25.0%) led the Thunder in usage with Gilgeous-Alexander sidelined Wednesday.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Wendell Moore Jr., Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Rudy Gobert

  • Jaden McDaniels (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Available

  • Bryn Forbes (illness) — Out

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Injured

Russell and Edwards' usage rates didn't jump in the first game of Towns' absence. Jaylen Nowell played 31.1 minutes, and his 28.4% usage rate led the team. However, Edwards could be more aggressive against a Thunder team that allows the fourth-most points in the paint per game (53.6).

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Eric Gordon (injury management) — Out

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

Martin has averaged 13.4 points and 7.0 rebounds while recording 16.7% usage in 31.1 minutes per game during five starts this season.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Klay Thompson (injury management) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

Thompson rested the second game of a back-to-back while the rest of the starters were available twice this season. Poole posted 26.3% and 31.9% usage rates in those games. Wiggins recorded increased 25.2% usage in those two matches, and Curry's usage was 0.7% lower than his season-long rate of 29.9%.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Anfernee Simons, Justise Winslow, Jerami Grant, Trendon Watford, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Out

  • Drew Eubanks (hip) — Out

  • Keon Johnson (hip) — Injured

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Injured

  • Nassir Little (hip) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

Lillard is targeting a return Sunday, according to Chris Haynes of TNT and Bleacher Report. Nurkic should have a heightened offensive role for one more game, positioning him to exploit a Utah team that allows the most points in the paint per game (56.6) and ranks 29th in defensive rebounding rate (68.0%).

Utah Jazz News

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

  • Mike Conley (knee) — Injured

  • Rudy Gay (hand) — Injured