NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/29

Mar 29th 2024

Ryan Schwepfinger

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

  • Nikola Jokic (back, hip) — Available

  • Luka Doncic (Achilles) — Available

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (quad) — Out

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (knee) — In

  • Donovan Mitchell (nose) — In

  • Anthony Edwards (back) — In

  • Jimmy Butler (illness) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (rib) — In

  • Darius Garland (ankle) — In

  • Cade Cunningham (injury management) — Available

  • Lauri Markkanen (shoulder) — Out

  • Klay Thompson (knee) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (elbow) — In

  • Jerami Grant (hamstring) — Out

  • Jaden Ivey (knee) — Available

  • Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) — In

  • Jonathan Kuminga (knee) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (knee) — Available

  • Ayo Dosunmu (illness) — In

  • Alex Caruso (ankle) — In

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Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Troy Brown Jr., Tosan Evbuomwan, Jalen Duren

  • Cade Cunningham (injury management) — Available

  • Jaden Ivey (knee) — Available

  • Marcus Sasser (illness) — Out

  • Simone Fontecchio (toe) — Out

  • Quentin Grimes (knee) — Out

  • Taj Gibson (hamstring) — Out

  • Ausar Thompson (blood clot) — Out for season

  • Isaiah Stewart (hamstring) — Out for season

  • Stanley Umude (ankle) — Out for season

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Poole, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Marvin Bagley

  • Tyus Jones (back) — Out

  • Richaun Holmes (toe) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (calf) — Out

  • Eugene Omoruyi (ankle) — Out

  • Bilal Coulibaly (injury) — Out for season

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out for season

Jones will miss his eighth straight game after playing each of the first 66 to open the season. Jordan Poole has been starting at point guard in Jones' absence. Over that span, he's averaged 21.4 points and 5.9 assists in 31.6 minutes per outing.

Holmes is joining the list of unavailable Wizards after leaving Wednesday's game after 12 minutes and not returning. Bagley played 25 minutes off the bench in Holmes' place and is the likely starter at center against Detroit. Bagley has averaged 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game across 21 appearances as a Wizard this campaign.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Trayce Jackson-Davis

  • Klay Thompson (knee) — Out

  • Jonathan Kuminga (knee) — Out

  • Dario Saric (knee) — Out

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Vasilije Micic, Tre Mann, Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards

  • Davis Bertans (nose) — Available

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out for season

  • Cody Martin (ankle) — Out for season

  • Seth Curry (ankle) — Out for season

Los Angeles Clippers News

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

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Gary Harris (foot) — Not on injury report

  • Markelle Fultz (injury maintenance) — Out

Harris has missed each of the last two games with a strained right plantar fascia but is primed to return against the Clippers. He's been a regular starter when available since the All-Star break as Orlando has elected to play Markelle Fultz off the bench. Harris averages 8.5 points in 24.2 minutes per game across 19 appearances in the first five this season.

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (knee) — In

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Out

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) — Injured

  • Christian Wood (knee) — Injured

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (back) — Injured

This is the usual listing for James, who sat out on Tuesday to rest his ankle before returning on Wednesday. He played 35 minutes in that game against Memphis, triple-doubling with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists. The Lakers will be picking and choosing their spots to manage James' ankle down the stretch, so his status is always worth monitoring up until tipoff.

On the other hand, Davis appears genuinely questionable after suffering his knee injury in a heroic 52-minutes, double overtime performance Tuesday, during which he scored 34 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in a win over the Bucks. James would once again be the focal point against Indiana if Davis were unable to return to the lineup.

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Bennedict Mathurin (shoulder) — Out for season

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Ayo Dosunmu (illness) — In

  • Alex Caruso (ankle) — In

  • Julian Phillips (foot) — Injured

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Out for season

  • Patrick Williams (foot) — Out for season

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Noah Clowney (back) — Available

  • Cam Johnson (toe) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Out for season

  • Keita Bates-Diop (leg) — Out for season

  • Dariq Whitehead (shin) — Out for season

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Kyle Lowry, Kelly Oubre, Tobias Harris, Mo Bamba

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Injured

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

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

  • Donovan Mitchell (nose) — In

  • Darius Garland (ankle) — In

  • Caris LeVert (wrist) — Out

  • Craig Porter Jr. (illness) — Out

  • Dean Wade (knee) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

Mitchell is listed questionable for Friday's contest after missing the past six games with a fractured nose and a lingering sore left knee. It was reported earlier in the week that Mitchell was targeting a return as soon as this game. He underwent a nasal procedure last week. His production was noticeably diluted in his original return from a left knee bone bruise, and the surgery provided him additional recovery time. Mitchell's potential return couldn't be timed better for Cleveland, which also got Max Strus (knee) back on Wednesday. The Cavs have gone 6-9 in March including a loss to lowly Charlotte last game; Cleveland is also 33-16 with Mitchell in the lineup this season compared to just 11-13 without him.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Miles McBride, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • Alec Burks (shoulder) — Out

  • Julius Randle (shoulder) — Injured

  • OG Anunoby (elbow) — Injured

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Keldon Johnson (knee) — Available

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) — Available

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Nurkic missed Wednesday's game at Denver, allowing Drew Eubanks to start and play 27 minutes in his absence. It was the most minutes Eubanks had played since January 28. He averages 4.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 22.6 minutes across five starts this season. Notably, Thaddeus Young joined the Phoenix rotation in the game against Denver, playing 18 minutes off the bench.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Aaron Wiggins, Chet Holmgren

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (quad) — Out

Gilgeous-Alexander's missed game Wednesday was just his second absence of the year and his first since November 3. Wallace filled in in the starting lineup and recorded four points in 25 minutes. Williams and Giddey each took 20 or more shots in the loss to the Rockets; Giddey's usage rate is nearly 10 percentage points higher in the two games without SGA this campaign.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Scoot Henderson, Rayan Rupert, Kris Murray, Jabari Walker, Deandre Ayton

  • Deandre Ayton (elbow) — In

  • Matisse Thybulle (ankle) — Available

  • Jerami Grant (hamstring) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (knee) — Out

  • Toumani Camara (rib) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (elbow) — Injured

  • Shaedon Sharpe (core) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Coach Billups has options with Camara slated to miss just his third game since January 3. Portland could move the red-hot Banton into the starting lineup in Camara's place, pushing Murray down to the four, or Jabari Walker could start in a more like-for-like move. Over Portland's last three games, all without Simons, Banton has averaged a team-leading 36.1 minutes per game with 24.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Patty Mills, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (illness) — Available

  • Jaime Jaquez Jr. (ankle) — Available

  • Kevin Love (heel) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (back) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (foot) — Injured

  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) — Out for season

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Naz Reid, Rudy Gobert

  • Anthony Edwards (back) — In

  • Rudy Gobert (rib) — In

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) — Injured

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Edwards has been procedurally listed on the injury report of late with a finger ailment, but the back spams are a new notation. He has played through questionable tags all season long, so if he misses against the champion Nuggets on Friday, his back must really be bothering him. Edwards snapped a streak of 11 straight games with 35 or more minutes on Wednesday, only totaling 29 against the Pistons. He didn't play at all in the fourth quarter with the game largely out of hand.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Nikola Jokic (back, hip) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — Out

  • Zeke Nnaji (adductor) — Out

  • Vlatko Cancer (knee) — Injured

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Jalen Green, Dillon Brooks, Amen Thompson, Jabari Smith Jr.

  • Alperen Sengun (ankle, knee) — Injured

  • Cam Whitmore (knee) — Injured

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Out for season

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

The surging Rockets will put their 10-game winning streak on the line against Utah on Thursday. Houston is 12-1 in March, boasting the best winning percentage in the league this month. The Rockets are also second in net rating over that span, trailing only the NBA-leading Celtics.

Jalen Green has been a huge reason for the surge. He's fifth in the NBA in scoring this month, averaging 28.5 points per game on 50.4% shooting. Despite all the positivity around the Rockets right now, however, Houston remains one game behind Golden State for the 10th seed in the West and the last spot in the play-in tournament.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Keyonte George, Collin Sexton, Brice Sensabaugh, Taylor Hendricks, John Collins

  • Lauri Markkanen (shoulder) — Out

  • Johnny Juzang (back) — Available

  • Jordan Clarkson (back) — Out

After missing some time due to a strained right groin, Clarkson played one game before injuring his back, and he'll now be out for the second game in a row. Coach Hardy ran an extremely tight rotation against the Spurs on Wednesday, with only one bench player exceeding 13 minutes. George and Collin Sexton should both have extremely high minutes floors with Clarkson out of the lineup against Houston.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Jones Jr., PJ Washington, Daniel Gafford

  • Luka Doncic (Achilles) — Available

  • Maxi Kleber (knee) — Available

  • Josh Green (ankle) — Injured

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Keon Ellis, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Sasha Vezenkov (ankle) — Out

  • Kevin Huerter (shoulder) — Injured

  • Trey Lyles (knee) — Injured