NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/25

Feb 25th 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Available

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles, hip) — In

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — Available

  • Donovan Mitchell (illness) — In

  • Brandon Ingram (illness) — Available

  • Paul George (knee) — Out

  • Paolo Banchero (illness) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (leg) — Available

  • Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) — In

  • Markelle Fultz (injury maintenance) — Not on injury report

  • Eric Gordon (groin) — Out

  • Dereck Lively II (nose) — Available

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (finger) — Available

  • Deni Avdija (heel) — Out

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Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Malik Beasley, Jae Crowder, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (ankle) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Kyle Lowry (reconditioning) — Not on injury report

  • KJ Martin (ankle) — Out

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Injured

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles, hip) — In

  • Cam Reddish (ankle) — Out

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) — Injured

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

  • Christian Wood (knee) — Injured

The Lakers have won seven of their last 10 games and have had the league's fourth-best Offensive Rating (119.5) over that span. They'll face the Suns in an enticing matchup, as Phoenix has the eighth-best Defensive Rating (111.3) in February. Despite being consistently listed on the injury report, Davis has missed just four outings this season. James has missed eight games, including three this month.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Grayson Allen, Royce O'Neale, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) — In

  • Eric Gordon (groin) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Out

  • 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

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Jalen Smith (back) — Available

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Out

Cleveland Cavaliers News

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

  • Donovan Mitchell (illness) — In

  • Tristan Thompson — Suspended

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

Mitchell scored 40 points in his last appearance versus Washington, who has lost 10 games in a row. Over that span, the Wizards' -13.5 Net Rating has been the league's second-worst, and their 44.3% field goal percentage has also ranked bottom-two. Meanwhile, without Mitchell, the Cavs have lost their last two contests. Before those outings, Cleveland had won seven of their first eight games this month.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Landry Shamet, Bilal Coulibaly, Kyle Kuzma, Marvin Bagley

  • Corey Kispert (illness) — Questionable

  • Deni Avdija (heel) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Torrey Craig (knee) — Injured

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Out for season

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

  • Patrick Williams (foot) — Out for season

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: Zion Williamson, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Trey Murphy III, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — Available

  • Brandon Ingram (illness) — Available

  • CJ McCollum (ankle) — Out

  • Naji Marshall — Suspended

  • Jose Alvarado — Suspended

  • Dyson Daniels (knee) — Injured

Without Ingram in the previous two games, the Pelicans went 1-1. In the most recent contest, they scored just 95 points in a loss to the Heat. New Orleans will get a bit of an easier matchup against the Bulls, who have lost three of their last four contests and have posted the seventh-worst Defensive Rating (119.2) in February. Even without their starting point guard, the Pelicans should be able to handle Chicago, as long as one of Williamson or Ingram can ultimately suit up.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Jamal Murray (leg) — Available

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (finger) — Available

  • Jay Huff (knee) — Available

  • Hunter Tyson (finger) — Out

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Reggie Jackson started sans Murray in the last game and the Nuggets beat the Blazers by 15 points. Denver was led by Porter Jr., who scored a team-high 34 points. After an enticing matchup against Portland, they'll have a more challenging one against the Warriors. Golden State has quietly won eight of its last 10 outings. These teams have met three times this season with the Nuggets winning all three games, and Sunday's contest marks their final meeting of the season.

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Gui Santos (knee) — Out

  • Chris Paul (hand) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Wendell Carter Jr., Goga Bitadze

  • Markelle Fultz (injury maintenance) — Not on injury report

  • Paolo Banchero (illness) — Out

  • Gary Harris (injury maintenance) — Out

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Dejounte Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Saddiq Bey, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela

  • Trae Young (finger) — Injured

  • Onyeka Okongwu (toe) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Utah Jazz News

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

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

Charlotte Hornets News

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

  • Davis Bertans (knee) — Out

  • Seth Curry (hip) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Anfernee Simons, Kris Murray, Toumani Camara, Jerami Grant, Deandre Ayton

  • Scoot Henderson (adductor) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (elbow) — Injured

  • Shaedon Sharpe (core) — Injured

  • Moses Brown (wrist) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Alex Len (illness) — Out

  • Sasha Vezenkov (ankle) — Injured

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Norman Powell, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac

  • Paul George (knee) — Out

  • Norman Powell (ankle) — In