NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/22

Feb 22nd 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

  • Donovan Mitchell (illness) — Out

  • Brandon Ingram (illness) — Out

  • Domantas Sabonis (illness) — In

  • Jamal Murray (leg) — In

  • Paolo Banchero (illness) — In

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Out

  • Cade Cunningham (injury management) — Available

  • Isaiah Hartenstein (Achilles) — In

  • Dereck Lively II (nose) — Available

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (hamstring) — In

  • Isaiah Stewart — Suspended

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Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ben Simmons, Cam Thomas, Mikal Bridges, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Dariq Whitehead (shin) — Out for season

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Kelly Olynyk (back) — Not on injury report

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 — Suspended

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Bennedict Mathurin, Pascal Siakam, Myles Turner

  • Myles Turner (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Bennedict Mathurin (knee) — Not on injury report

  • James Johnson (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Jalen Smith (back) — Available

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Out

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, Precious Achiuwa, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) — Not on injury report

  • Isaiah Hartenstein (Achilles) — In

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Available

  • DaQuan Jeffries (signed) — TBD

  • Jacob Toppin (signed) — TBD

  • Julius Randle (shoulder) — Injured

  • OG Anunoby (elbow) — Injured

  • Mitchell Robinson (ankle) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Buddy Hield, Tobias Harris, Nicolas Batum, Paul Reed

  • Tobias Harris (hip) — Not on injury report

  • Kyle Lowry (reconditioning) — Available

  • Nicolas Batum (hamstring) — In

  • Darius Bazley (signed) — Available

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Injured

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Paolo Banchero (illness) — In

  • Jalen Suggs (groin) — Not on injury report

  • Markelle Fultz (injury maintenance) — Out

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Isaac Okoro, Max Strus, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Sam Merrill (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Dean Wade (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Donovan Mitchell (illness) — Out

  • Tristan Thompson — Suspended

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

The Cavs have gone 6-3 in nine games sans Mitchell this season. If he doesn't suit up, Garland will likely have the ball in his hands more often. In four games without Mitchell, Garland has seen a +7.6% usage rate increase and has averaged 7.9 more points per contest. Cleveland will match up against Orlando, who allow the third-most points per game (26.5) to point guards this season.

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Out

  • Thaddeus Young (signed) — TBD

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, PJ Washington, Dereck Lively II

  • Luka Doncic (nose) — Available

  • Dereck Lively II (nose) — Available

  • Maxi Kleber (nose) — Available

  • Dante Exum (knee) — Out

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Jaden Springer (ankle) — Available

  • Kristaps Porzingis — Not on injury report

  • Jaylen Brown (shoulder) — Not on injury report

  • Xavier Tillman (knee) — Available

  • Al Horford (toe) — Not on injury report

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic

  • Patrick Williams (foot) — Injured

  • Torrey Craig (knee) — Injured

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Out for season

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Jalen Green, Dillon Brooks, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Cam Whitmore (ankle) — In

  • Fred VanVleet (adductor) — In

  • Reggie Bullock (back) — Available

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Brandon Ingram (illness) — Out

  • Cody Zeller (knee) — Available

  • Dyson Daniels (knee) — Injured

Ingram played at least 35 minutes in each of his final five appearances before the All-Star break and has been rather healthy this season. However, after Ingram missed Wednesday's practice, the Pelicans could be forced to lean more on Williamson, who has attempted 17.5 field goal attempts per contest in two outings sans Ingram this season. Williamson has taken 14.9 shots per game when playing alongside Ingram.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (adductor) — Not on injury report

  • PJ Tucker — Not on injury report

  • Bones Hyland — Not on injury report

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Gordon Hayward (calf) — Available

  • Bismack Biyombo (signed) — Available

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Keyonte George, Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, Taylor Hendricks, John Collins

  • Otto Porter Jr. (not with team) — Out

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Bilal Coulibaly, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Marvin Bagley

  • Kyle Kuzma (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Jamal Murray (leg) — In

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (hamstring) — In

  • Julian Strawther (ankle) — Available

  • Braxton Key (illness) — Out

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles, hip) — In

  • Cam Reddish (ankle) — Out

  • Max Christie (ankle) — Available

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Out

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) — Injured

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

  • Christian Wood (knee) — Injured

James will miss his second consecutive regular season contest despite participating in the All-Star game on Sunday. Davis and Russell will likely absorb more usage in his absence, as they've seen respective usage rate differentials of +4.2% and +1.9% sans James this season. The Lakers will face the Warriors, who won six of their final seven outings leading up to the All-Star break.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Brandin Podziemski, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, Draymond Green

  • Gary Payton II (illness) — Out

  • Chris Paul (hand) — Injured

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Domantas Sabonis (illness) — In

  • Sasha Vezenkov (ankle) — Injured

Sabonis has played every game this season, and the Kings could struggle against Victor Wembanyama in Sabonis' possible absence. Wembanyama had 27 points and nine rebounds in his lone appearance against the Kings this season. If he sees more matchups against Alex Len or Trey Lyles, he could have his way with a Sacramento team whose 115.4 Defensive Rating over the last 10 games has been middle-of-the-pack league-wide.