NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/9

Feb 9th 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

  • Jayson Tatum (illness) — Available

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles, hip) — Available

  • Tyrese Maxey (illness) — Out

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — Available

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Available

  • Damian Lillard (ankle) — Available

  • Dejounte Murray (back) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (leg) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (ankle) — Out

  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) — Available

  • Jonas Valanciunas (calf) — Available

  • Buddy Hield (traded) — Available

  • Michael Porter Jr. (knee) — Out

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (hamstring) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Available

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Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Saddiq Bey, Jalen Johnson, Onyeka Okongwu

  • De'Andre Hunter (injury management) — Available

  • Dejounte Murray (back) — Out

  • Patty Mills (illness) — Out

  • Wesley Matthews (illness) — Out

  • Clint Capela (adductor) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Cam Payne, Buddy Hield, Kelly Oubre, Tobias Harris, Paul Reed

  • Tyrese Maxey (illness) — Out

  • Buddy Hield (traded) — Available

  • Cam Payne (knee, traded) — Available

  • Nicolas Batum (hamstring) — Out

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Injured

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

The 76ers made numerous moves in the hours leading up to Thursday's deadline, including trading Marcus Morris, Furkan Korkmaz, and three second-round picks for Hield. They also traded away Patrick Beverley in exchange for Payne. While the latter move has layers, the former makes obvious sense for Philadelphia. Hield is a career 40.1% shooter from beyond the arc, and the 76ers' 36.2% three-point percentage is a bottom-10 mark league-wide.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Jordan Poole, Bilal Coulibaly, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma

  • Patrick Baldwin Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Richaun Holmes (traded) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (back) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Jrue Holiday (elbow) — Not on injury report

  • Jayson Tatum (illness) — Available

  • Jaden Springer (ankle) — Out

  • Xavier Tillman (knee, traded) — Injured

If Tatum is ultimately sidelined, it would be his fourth missed contest. In games sans Tatum this season, the Celtics are 2-1 and have managed to score a shocking 131.7 points per game. Boston has a nice matchup against the Wizards, who have lost 12 of 15 games over the past month. The Celtics have the best Net Rating (+9.7) league-wide, while Washington's Net Rating (-8.8) is the second-worst of any team.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Fred VanVleet (adductor) — Injured

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Jontay Porter (back) — Available

  • Kelly Olynyk (traded) — Available but unlikely to play

  • Ochai Agbaji (traded) — Available but unlikely to play

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Cody Martin, Brandon Miller, Leaky Black, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Available

  • Grant Williams (traded) — Out

  • Seth Curry (traded) — Out

  • Tre Mann (traded) — Out

  • Davis Bertans (knee, traded) — Out

  • Vasilije Micic (traded) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Kyle Lowry (acquired) — Out

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Available

  • Damian Lillard (ankle) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (ankle) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (ankle) — Available

  • Patrick Beverley (traded) — Available

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Justin Holiday, Peyton Watson, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

  • Jamal Murray (leg) — Available

  • Michael Porter Jr. (knee) — Out

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (hamstring) — Out

  • DeAndre Jordan (foot) — Available

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — Available

  • Jonas Valanciunas (calf) — Available

  • Naji Marshall (back) — Out

With two starters uncertain to play, New Orleans could look for Ingram to carry the load offensively. During the Pelicans' current four-game win streak, Ingram has averaged 24.8 points per contest, shooting 56.5% from the field and 45.0% from beyond the arc. He'll face the Lakers, who he scored 26 points against the last time he faced them. Los Angeles presents a challenging matchup, as their 112.2 Defensive Rating in February is a top-10 mark.

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles, hip) — Available

  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) — Available

  • Max Christie (ankle) — Out

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) — Injured

  • Cam Reddish (ankle) — Injured

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

Russell was not dealt before the trade deadline but missed the first leg of a back-to-back set. The Lakers lost that contest to Denver, and they'll hope to get Russell back for a matchup with the Pelicans. New Orleans is on a four-game win streak, and over that span, they've posted a top three Offensive (122.5) and Defensive Rating (106.9). The last time these teams met, the Pelicans won by 20 points as they got a combined 52 points from Ingram and Williamson.