NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/4

Feb 4th 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

  • Tyrese Haliburton (injury management, back) — Available

  • Jaylen Brown (back) — Out

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Available

  • Damian Lillard (ankle) — Available

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — In

  • Tyler Herro (headache) — Out

  • Cade Cunningham (injury management) — Available

  • Myles Turner (ankle) — Available

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — In

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (back) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (knee) — Out

  • Brook Lopez (personal) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — In

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (finger) — Probable

  • Tyus Jones (ankle) — Available

  • Vince Williams Jr. (wrist) — Out

  • John Konchar (calf) — Out

  • Santi Aldama (tailbone) — Out

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Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Kevin Knox, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jalen Duren

  • Cade Cunningham (injury management) — Available

  • Mike Muscala (concussion protocol) — Available

  • Isaiah Stewart (ankle) — Injured

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Jordan Poole, Bilal Coulibaly, Deni Avdija, Daniel Gafford

  • Tyus Jones (ankle) — Available

  • Bilal Coulibaly (back) — Available

  • Kyle Kuzma (shoulder) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (back) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Jacob Gilyard, Luke Kennard, David Roddy, GG Jackson, Trey Jemison

  • Vince Williams Jr. (wrist) — Out

  • John Konchar (calf) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) — Out

  • Santi Aldama (tailbone) — Out

  • Xavier Tillman (knee) — Out

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Ziaire Williams (hand) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (ankle) — Injured

  • Jake LaRavia (ankle) — Injured

  • Marcus Smart (finger) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (shoulder) — Out for season

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Jaylen Brown (back) — Out

  • Luke Kornet (hamstring) — Available

The Celtics have won all three games they've played sans Brown this season. If he can't suit up against the Grizzlies, look for Tatum to garner more usage. Tatum has posted a 29.9% usage rate when playing with Brown, which has increased to 33.0% when Brown's been unavailable. Memphis has lost four consecutive games, and their top scorer in each of those four outings, Jaren Jackson Jr. (hip), will be sidelined.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Aaron Nesmith, Pascal Siakam, Myles Turner

  • Tyrese Haliburton (injury management, back) — Available

  • Myles Turner (ankle) — Available

  • Jalen Smith (back) — Available

  • Bennedict Mathurin (toe) — Available

Haliburton has had his minutes limited since returning from an extended absence, as he's played 22 minutes in each of the last three games. Whether or not he is sidelined for Sunday's game, the Pacers will likely continue to feel the aftereffects of his injury. Luckily, Indiana will face the Hornets, who will be without LaMelo Ball (ankle). Charlotte has lost its last six outings and 17 of its previous 20.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ish Smith, Bryce McGowens, Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Frank Ntilikina (hip) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Kyle Lowry (acquired) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (calf) — Injured

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

Los Angeles Clippers News

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

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — In

  • Moussa Diabate (hand) — Injured

Zubac has been sidelined for the previous nine games. Over that span, the Clippers have gone 7-2, and their 123.8 Offensive Rating has been the league's best. Despite those numbers, the Clippers are a better team with Zubac on the floor. He would be helpful against the Heat, who have won two consecutive games after losing seven in a row. The last time the Clippers faced Miami, they won by 17 points, led by a combined 47 points from George and Leonard.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Josh Richardson, Jimmy Butler, Haywood Highsmith, Bam Adebayo

  • Tyler Herro (headache) — Out

  • Jamal Cain (illness) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (concussion protocol) — Out

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Jock Landale (wrist) — Available

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — In

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — In

  • Jontay Porter (back) — Out

Since joining the Raptors on the first of January, Barrett has averaged a team-high 21.0 points per game, but Toronto has won just five of 16 games over that span. If Barrett can't suit up, the Raptors will have to look elsewhere for scoring against a Thunder team whose 111.0 Defensive Rating is the third-best league-wide. However, Oklahoma City's starting lineup and bench will be a bit hampered by injuries, which should result in Toronto being more competitive throughout the contest.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Cason Wallace, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Chet Holmgren

  • Tre Mann (personal) — Out

  • Jalen Williams (ankle) — Out

  • Isaiah Joe (sternum) — Out

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Malik Beasley, Jae Crowder, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Available

  • Damian Lillard (ankle) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Out

  • Brook Lopez (personal) — Out

  • Andre Jackson Jr. (wrist) — Available

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Kris Dunn, Collin Sexton, Simone Fontecchio, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Anfernee Simons, Matisse Thybulle, Kris Murray, Jabari Walker, Deandre Ayton

  • Jerami Grant (back) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (knee) — Out

  • Shaedon Sharpe (abdomen) — Injured

  • Moses Brown (wrist) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (finger) — Available

  • Peyton Watson (knee) — Available

  • Collin Gillespie (ankle) — Available

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured