NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/14

Feb 14th 2024

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

  • Luka Doncic (nose) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles, hip) — In

  • Jaylen Brown (shoulder) — Out

  • Tyrese Haliburton (injury management) — In

  • Kyrie Irving (thumb) — Available

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — In

  • Jamal Murray (leg) — Out

  • Darius Garland (illness) — In

  • Cade Cunningham (injury management) — Available

  • Kristaps Porzingis (back) — Not on injury report

  • Al Horford (injury management) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (adductor) — Not on injury report

  • Kyle Kuzma (illness) — Out

  • RJ Barrett (personal) — Available

  • Myles Turner (illness) — Out

  • Jalen Suggs (groin) — Out

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (hamstring) — Out

  • Dereck Lively II (nose) — Available

  • Markelle Fultz (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Alex Caruso (toe) — Available

  • Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) — Out

  • Isaiah Hartenstein (Achilles) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — In

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Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Saddiq Bey, Jalen Johnson, Bruno Fernando

  • Patty Mills (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Onyeka Okongwu (toe) — Out

  • AJ Griffin (illness) — Out

  • Wesley Matthews (illness) — Out

  • Clint Capela (adductor) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

With Okongwu and Capela both sidelined, the Hawks will be without both of their primary centers against the Hornets. Fernando is the top candidate to start at the five against the Hornets, and he hasn't started an NBA game since December 31, 2022. Luckily for Atlanta, Charlotte has given up the most points (26.9) and second-most rebounds 16.5 rebounds per game to centers this season, so Fernando could have an enticing matchup if he starts for the first time in over a year.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Mann, Cody Martin, Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards

  • Cody Martin (knee) — In

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Caleb Martin, Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (personal) — Out

  • Terry Rozier (knee) — Injured

  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Buddy Hield, Kelly Oubre, KJ Martin, Paul Reed

  • Tobias Harris (hip) — Out

  • Kyle Lowry (reconditioning) — Out

  • Nicolas Batum (hamstring) — Out

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Injured

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Alec Burks, Josh Hart, Precious Achiuwa, Jericho Sims

  • Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) — Out

  • Isaiah Hartenstein (Achilles) — Out

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Out

  • Julius Randle (shoulder) — Injured

  • OG Anunoby (elbow) — Injured

  • Mitchell Robinson (ankle) — Injured

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Anthony Black, Caleb Houstan, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Jalen Suggs (groin) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Gary Harris (injury maintenance) — Out

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Cam Thomas, Mikal Bridges, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton

  • Cam Johnson (adductor) — Not on injury report

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Out

  • Dariq Whitehead (shin) — Out for season

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Sam Hauser, Jayson Tatum, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Jaylen Brown (shoulder) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (back) — Not on injury report

  • Al Horford (toe) — Out

  • Jaden Springer (ankle) — Out

  • Xavier Tillman (knee) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic, Andre Drummond

  • Torrey Craig (toe) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (toe) — Available

  • Dalen Terry (knee) — Available

  • Patrick Williams (foot) — Injured

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Out for season

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Max Strus, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Darius Garland (illness) — In

  • Sam Merrill (illness) — Out

  • Dean Wade (illness) — Out

  • Tristan Thompson — Suspended

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Aaron Nesmith, Pascal Siakam, Isaiah Jackson

  • Tyrese Haliburton (injury management) — In

  • Myles Turner (illness) — Out

  • Bennedict Mathurin (knee) — Out

  • James Johnson (illness) — Out

  • Jalen Smith (back) — Out

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Immanuel Quickley, Gary Trent Jr., RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes, Jakob Poeltl

  • RJ Barrett (personal) — Available

  • Jontay Porter (ankle) — Available

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Amen Thompson, Jalen Green, Dillon Brooks, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Reggie Bullock (back) — Out

  • Cam Whitmore (ankle) — Out

  • Fred VanVleet (adductor) — Injured

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Luke Kennard, John Konchar, Vince Williams, Santi Aldama, Jaren Jackson Jr.

  • GG Jackson — Not on injury report

  • Derrick Rose (ankle) — Available

  • Ziaire Williams (hand) — Available

  • Jordan Goodwin (signed) — TBD

  • Jacob Gilyard (G League) — Out

  • Scotty Pippen Jr. (back) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (ankle) — Injured

  • Marcus Smart (finger) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Jake LaRavia (ankle) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (shoulder) — Out for season

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Jordan Poole, Bilal Coulibaly, Deni Avdija, Marvin Bagley

  • Kyle Kuzma (illness) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — In

  • Cody Zeller (knee) — Out

  • Dyson Daniels (knee) — Injured

Williamson was questionable for the previous game before ultimately being made available and playing 35 minutes. If he can't suit up, chances are that Trey Murphy III will receive a spot start. In six contests as a starter this season, Murphy III has averaged 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He's shot 50% or better from beyond the arc in four of those six outings. If he winds up in the starting lineup, he'll look to improve upon his most recent performance when he shot 37.5% from the field.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Julian Champagnie, Jeremy Sochan, Victor Wembanyama

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, PJ Washington, Daniel Gafford

  • Luka Doncic (nose) — Available

  • Kyrie Irving (thumb) — Available

  • Dereck Lively II (nose) — Available

  • Maxi Kleber (toe, nose) — Out

  • Dante Exum (knee) — Out

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Ausar Thompson, Simone Fontecchio, Jalen Duren

  • Cade Cunningham (injury management) — Available

  • Quentin Grimes (knee) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (ankle) — Injured

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Eric Gordon, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Thaddeus Young (signed) — TBD

  • Drew Eubanks (face) — In

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Taurean Prince, Rui Hachimura, Anthony Davis

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles, hip) — In

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Out

  • Max Christie (ankle) — Injured

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) — Injured

  • Cam Reddish (ankle) — Injured

  • Gabe Vincent (injury) — Injured

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Keyonte George, Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, Walker Kessler

  • Otto Porter (foot) — Not on injury report

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Trey Lyles (illness) — Available

  • Sasha Vezenkov (ankle) — Injured

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Justin Holiday, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

  • Jamal Murray (leg) — Out

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (hamstring) — Out

  • Julian Strawther (ankle) — Out

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

The Nuggets lost Murray and Caldwell-Pope to their respective injuries last game as both players exited the contest before the second half began. Regardless of their final statuses on Wednesday, Denver will have a tough matchup against the Kings. However, with the Nuggets at home, and Sacramento set to play the second leg of a back-to-back set, Murray and Caldwell Pope's likely absences have a better chance of being overcome. Jokic has seen a +4.9% usage rate differential sans Murray this season.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Amir Coffey, Paul George, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (adductor) — Out

  • PJ Tucker (not with team) — Out

  • Bones Hyland (not with team) — Out

The Clippers have gone 2-2 without Leonard this season compared to 33-15 when he's been available. They average 5.1 fewer points per game sans Leonard, and Harden sees a +5.3% usage rate differential. Los Angeles will face the Warriors, who have won six of seven games in February, including the last five. After losing in their first meeting with Golden State, the Clippers won the next two matchups, as they hold a 2-1 lead in the season series. Wednesday's contest will be the final time the teams meet during the 2023-2024 regular season.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, Draymond Green

  • Chris Paul (hand) — Injured