NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/31

Dec 31st 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

  • Luka Doncic (ankle) — Available

  • Jimmy Butler (injury management) — Out

  • James Harden (injury management) — Out

  • Darius Garland (thumb) — Out

  • Anthony Edwards (hip) — Available

  • Jalen Brunson (hip) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (illness) — Available

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Tyrese Maxey (injury management) — Out

  • Evan Mobley (ankle) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (illness) — In

  • Reggie Jackson (Achilles) — Available

  • Alperen Sengun (back) — Out

  • Victor Oladipo (injury management) — Available

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Available

  • Trey Murphy (ankle) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (quad) — Questionable

  • Herb Jones (conditioning) — Not on injury report

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Los Angeles Clippers News

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

  • Reggie Jackson (Achilles) — Available

  • Nic Batum (ankle) — Out

  • Jason Preston (G League) — Out

  • Brandon Boston (G League) — Out

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Chris Duarte (head) — Not on the injury report

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

The Pacers have generated the fourth-highest amount of their offense from three (39.6%) in December. Conversely, the Clippers have limited opponents to making the fewest threes per game (10.3) this month.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Ben Simmons (illness) — In

  • Joe Harris (knee) — Out

  • Edmond Sumner (thumb, ankle) — In

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • Kelly Oubre (hand) — Out

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Jalen McDaniels and JT Thor should again absorb most of Oubre's minutes, and McDaniels' usage is 9.3% lower than Oubre's 26.0% rate. Minutes for the starters could be staggered to enable them to shoulder more of the offense.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert, Lamar Stevens, Kevin Love, Jarrett Allen

  • Darius Garland (thumb) — Out

  • Evan Mobley (ankle) — Out

  • Cedi Osman (back) — Available

  • Robin Lopez (illness) — Available

  • Mamadi Diakite (G League) — Available

  • Dean Wade (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Mitchell has logged a +3.5% usage differential and a +9.7% assist rate differential with Garland off the floor this season. Caris LeVert has registered a +2.3% usage differential and a +3.6% assist rate differential when sharing the floor with Mitchell while Garland is off the court.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (ankle) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (shoulder) — Available

  • Coby White (knee) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Available

  • Goran Dragic (rest) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

The Cavs have allowed opponents to make the most threes per 100 possessions (17.7) and shoot 53.9% from three during their past four games. LaVine (7.5) and Vucevic (4.6) have attempted the most threes per game on the Bulls.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Miles McBride, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • Jalen Brunson (hip) — Out

  • RJ Barrett (finger) — Injured

  • Obi Toppin (knee) — Injured

Grimes (+7.8%), Quickley (+4.6%), and Randle (+2.0%) have posted positive usage differentials with Brunson and Barrett sidelined for most of the past two games. Similarly, Quickley (+15.8%) and Randle (+5.0%) have recorded positive assist rate differentials.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Bruno Fernando

  • Alperen Sengun (back) — Out

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Luka Doncic (ankle) — Available

  • Reggie Bullock (illness) — Not on injury report

  • JaVale McGee (illness) — Out

  • Dorian Finney-Smith (adductor) — Injured

  • Josh Green (elbow) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Injured

The Mavs have a 9-3 record and have scored the third-most points per 100 possessions (121.3) against teams ranked in the bottom ten of defensive rating. The Spurs have allowed the most points per 100 possessions (119.9) this season.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Romeo Langford, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Out

  • Keita Bates-Diop (illness) — Out

  • Blake Wesley (G League) — Available

Langford scored a career-high 23 points on 23.9% usage and 11-for-16 shooting in 28.2 minutes while starting for Vassell on Thursday. Johnson led the Spurs with 32.9% usage.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Trey Murphy, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Herb Jones (conditioning) — Not on injury report

  • Trey Murphy (ankle) — Available

  • Larry Nance Jr. (neck) — Out

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Injured

Williamson played against the Grizzlies once this season, scoring 14 points on six-for-12 shooting in Jaren Jackson Jr.'s first game back. He could again struggle against a Memphis team that has allowed the second-fewest points in the paint per game (43.8) since that point.

Memphis Grizzlies News

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

  • Santi Aldama (ankle) — Out

  • David Roddy (G League) — Available

  • Jake LaRavia (G League) — Available

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Bane's minutes have escalated since returning from a sprained toe four games ago, and he could be ready to clear the 30-minute threshold. However, Bane has still been finding his footing offensively: his usage (22.3%), assist rate (8.8%), and 36.3 eFG% from the last four contests are well below his season-long stats.

Detroit Pistons News

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

  • Killian Hayes (suspension) — Out

  • Kevin Knox (knee) — Available

  • Isaiah Livers (shoulder) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Burks (40.0%), Bogdanovic (33.3%), and Ivey (31.6%) recorded heightened assist rates in Hayes' absence Friday. Bey, Kevin Knox, and Cory Joseph absorbed much of Hayes' time due to Ivey getting the nod at point guard.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • Anthony Edwards (hip) — Available

  • Rudy Gobert (illness) — Available

  • Kyle Anderson (back) — Available

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Injured

The Pistons have a 1-7 record on zero days of rest this season. Naz Reid scored 16 points on 26.9% usage and grabbed seven rebounds in 29.8 minutes while starting for Gobert on Friday.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Anthony Melton, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid

  • James Harden (injury management) — Out

  • PJ Tucker (injury management) — Out

  • Tyrese Maxey (injury management) — Out

Shake Milton recorded 22.6% usage and a 23.4% assist rate in four games while Harden and Maxey were sidelined with Embiid available roughly a month ago. Melton logged a +2.0% usage differential, and Embiid recorded a +12.7% assist rate differential during those contests.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Ousmane Dieng (wrist) — Injured

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Tre Mann has returned from a stint in the G League for the past three games. He played a sizable sixth-man role for the last two matches, averaging 17.0 points on 26.0% usage and a 50.0 eFG% in 25.5 minutes per game.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Max Strus, Haywood Highsmith, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (injury management) — Out

  • Victor Oladipo (injury management) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (quad) — Out

  • Dewayne Dedmon (health protocols) — Out

  • Udonis Haslem (Achilles) — Available

  • Nikola Jovic (G League) — Out

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Oladipo (+3.5%) and Adebayo have posted the highest usage differentials on the Heat in games Butler has missed this season. Herro (+4.7%) and Adebayo (+4.0) have logged the highest assist rate differentials on the team with Butler sidelined.

Utah Jazz News

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

Markkanen has averaged 31.2 points in Utah's last five games. His 27.2% usage has been 3.5% higher than his season-long rate, and he has logged a 67.3 eFG% in that time. He could continue to succeed against a Heat defense that has allowed opponents to make the fourth-most threes per game (13.4) this season.