NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/4

Dec 4th 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

  • Tyrese Haliburton (illness) — In

  • Obi Toppin (ankle) — In

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Boston Celtics News

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

  • Kristaps Porzingis (calf) — Out

Even without Porzingis, the Celtics have a league-best +14.8 Net Rating over the last three games. Their opponents have scored 106.3 points per game over that span, the fifth-fewest league-wide. Boston will now face a Pacers team that scores a league-high 128.8 points per contest. However, the Celtics held Indiana to 104 points in their first meeting of the season. The Pacers were without Tyrese Haliburton in that outing, which could be the case again as he continues to deal with an upper respiratory infection.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Bruce Brown, Buddy Hield, Obi Toppin, Myles Turner

  • Tyrese Haliburton (illness) — In

  • Obi Toppin (ankle) — In

  • Jalen Smith (knee, heel) — Injured

Before being sidelined last game, Haliburton was the Pacers' leading scorer in five consecutive contests. In his absence, Bruce Brown scored a team-high 30 points in a win. Brown (+5.2%) and Andrew Nembhard (+11.9%) see the team's highest usage rate increase when Haliburton doesn't play, and that would likely remain the case if Haliburton is ruled out on Monday. In the first meeting with the Celtics, Haliburton wasn't available as Indiana suffered a 51-point loss. Brown and Nembhard combined to attempt 23 field goal attempts in that outing.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Matt Ryan (elbow) — Out

  • Larry Nance Jr. (rib) — Injured

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Chris Duarte (knee) — Out

  • Alex Len (ankle) — Injured