NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/30

Dec 30th 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

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Trae Young (calf) — Available

  • Jimmy Butler (injury management) — Available

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Out

  • Fred VanVleet (back) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (illness) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — Available

  • Tyrese Maxey (foot) — Available

  • Jusuf Nurkic (illness) — Out

  • Aaron Gordon (shoulder) — Available

  • Draymond Green (foot) — Available

  • De'Andre Hunter (ankle) — Out

  • Donte DiVincenzo (knee) — Available

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Available

  • Bruce Brown (ankle) — Available

  • Dennis Schroder (foot) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Out

  • Lonnie Walker (tailbone) — Out

  • Herb Jones (conditioning) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (shoulder) — Available

  • Patrick Williams (collarbone) — Available

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Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Corey Kispert, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Out

  • Taj Gibson (groin) — Out

Rui Hachimura scored 30 points on 25.4% usage and 11-for-13 shooting in 27.7 minutes Wednesday. He stands to lose minutes along with Corey Kispert and Deni Avdija if Beal returns.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Terrence Ross, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Bol Bol

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (suspension) — Out

  • Cole Anthony (suspension) — Out

  • Moe Wagner (suspension) — Out

  • Jalen Suggs (ankle) — Out

  • Mo Bamba (suspension) — Out

  • Gary Harris (suspension) — Out

  • RJ Hampton (suspension) — Out

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Franz Wagner, Kevon Harris, and Admiral Schofield will serve their one-game suspensions next Wednesday to ensure the Magic can field a complete lineup Friday. Schofield, Kevon Harris, and Caleb Houstan are the available Orlando reserves, and none of the three have registered a usage rate above 13.5% this season. Minutes for the projected starters are likely staggered as they shoulder most of the offense.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverley, Austin Reaves, LeBron James, Thomas Bryant

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Dennis Schroder (foot) — Available

  • Lonnie Walker (tailbone) — Out

  • Austin Reaves (ankle) — Available

  • Max Christie (G League) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Injured

Schroder (30.2%) and Russell Westbrook (29.9%) have posted the highest usage rates on the Lakers with James and Davis off the floor this season. Likewise, Westbrook (23.5%) and Schroder (23.3%) have registered the highest assist rates on the Lakers with James and Davis off the court.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, AJ Griffin, John Collins, Onyeka Okongwu

  • Trae Young (calf) — Available

  • Clint Capela (calf) — Out

  • De'Andre Hunter (ankle) — Out

  • Jarrett Culver (G League) — Out

  • Vit Krejci (G League) — Available

Due to Young's expected return, there should be reduced opportunities available across the lineup. AJ Griffin and Jalen Johnson could continue to absorb most of Hunter's minutes if he remains out.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges, Josh Okogie, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Landry Shamet (Achilles) — Out

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Out

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Injured

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Duane Washington Jr. (+7.9%), Paul (+7.9%), and Ayton (+3.9%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the Suns with Booker, Payne, and Shamet sidelined for the past two games. Washington Jr. was limited to 17.0 minutes Wednesday in a more typical game flow after playing 24.3 minutes in Tuesday's blowout win.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Scottie Barnes, Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Christian Koloko

  • Fred VanVleet (back) — Out

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Neither player started, but Gary Trent Jr. and Malachi Flynn both exceeded 30 minutes with VanVleet sidelined Thursday. Siakam, Barnes, and Anunoby played more prominent offensive roles in VanVleet's absence.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart, Jalen Duren

  • Killian Hayes (suspension) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (illness) — Available

  • Hamidou Diallo (suspension) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (shoulder) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Additional usage should be available for starters if Joseph gets the starting nod, as Joseph's usage is 5.1% lower than Hayes' 19.1% rate. However, Alec Burks could log significant minutes with the starting group, and Burks' usage rate exceeds Hayes' by 4.3%.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Alex Caruso (shoulder) — Available

  • Patrick Williams (collarbone) — Available

  • Coby White (knee) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Available

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Naz Reid

  • Rudy Gobert (illness) — Out

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Available

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Injured

Milwaukee scored 52 points in the paint and shot 9-for-44 from three in the absences of Khris Middleton (knee) and Jrue Holiday (illness) on Wednesday. While Minnesota has allowed the most made threes per game (14.1) this season, they have limited opponents to the seventh-least points in the paint per game (47.3).

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Out

  • George Hill (illness) — Out

Allen (+7.9%), Antetokounmpo (+7.1%), and Bobby Portis (+4.7%) posted the highest usage differentials on the Bucks in Holiday and Middleton's absences on Wednesday. Antetokounmpo led the team with seven assists.

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Tyrese Maxey (foot) — Available

Embiid, Harris, and Harden have recorded negative usage differentials between -1.0% and -2.7% with Maxey on the floor this season. Harden (-5.0%) and Embiid (-3.1%) have logged negative assist rate differentials with Maxey on the court.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Naji Marshall, Trey Murphy, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Herb Jones (conditioning) — Available

  • Larry Nance Jr. (neck) — Out

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Injured

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Haywood Highsmith, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (injury management) — Available

  • Kyle Lowry (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Out

  • Victor Oladipo (injury management) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Available

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — Out

  • Nikola Jovic (G League) — Out

  • Udonis Haslem (Achilles) — Available

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

It isn't clear who on the Nuggets would primarily defend Butler if Aaron Gordon (shoulder) remains sidelined. Michael Porter Jr. or Zeke Nnaji could struggle with that assignment, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Bruce Brown could be too diminutive.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (shoulder) — Available

  • Bruce Brown (ankle) — Available

  • Jeff Green (hand, finger) — Injured

Bones Hyland scored 20 points on 22.1% usage and notched 11 assists while starting at point guard in the absences of Murray and Brown on Wednesday. Brown could start at point guard if he returns while Murray remains out. He has logged a +4.1% usage differential and a +10.4% assist rate differential with Murray sidelined this season.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Drew Eubanks

  • Jusuf Nurkic (illness) — Out

  • Keon Johnson (illness) — Out

  • Greg Brown (illness) — Out

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

  • Nassir Little (hip) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

Simons has recorded a 10.4% assist rate in the last five games after registering a 20.1% assist rate in his first 27 matches.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Poole, Donte DiVincenzo, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) — Out

  • Klay Thompson (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Draymond Green (foot) — Available

  • Donte DiVincenzo (knee) — Available

  • James Wiseman (ankle) — Out

  • JaMychal Green (leg) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

  • Stephen Curry (shoulder) — Injured

Ty Jerome has played a significant reserve role with Curry and Wiggins sidelined for the past seven games. He has averaged 11.3 points and 20.3 minutes while recording a 59.2 eFG% during that time.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Jarred Vanderbilt, Kelly Olynyk

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Trey Lyles (calf) — Available

Sabonis looked relatively unaffected by an injury to the thumb on his non-shooting hand in his return Wednesday, scoring 31 points with 10 rebounds and five assists. He could continue to succeed against a Jazz team that has allowed opponents to score the most points in the paint per game (55.9) and has logged the fourth-worst defensive rebounding rate (69.4%) this season.