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NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/23

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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — available

  • Ja Morant (ankle) — out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle, wrist) — Out

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Chris Middleton (knee) — available

  • Killian Hayes (Shoulder) — Out

  • Jabari Smith Jr. (ankle) — out

  • Robert Williams (knee) — out

  • Steven Adams (knee) — out

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Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — available

  • Chris Middleton (knee) — Available

  • Serge Ibaka (not with team) — Out

Antetokounmpo (33.8%) and Middleton (21.0%) recorded reduced usage rates in the five matches they played with Holiday in early December. Antetokounmpo could similarly be tasked with a lighter workload, and Middleton’s activity should be ramped up over several games.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Livers, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jalen Duren

  • Killian Hayes (Shoulder) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (Shoulder) — Out

  • Corey Joseph (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Marvin Bagley (hand) — injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — injured

Coach Casey opted for a larger starting lineup when Hayes was suspended for three games roughly three weeks ago, resulting in Bogdanovic (30.2%) and Ivey (24.0%) logging the highest assist rates on the Pistons during those matches. Duren was limited to 18.2 minutes off the bench as he returned from a five-game absence Thursday, but coach Casey may not have the luxury of restricting Duren’s minutes again.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Blake Griffin

  • Jason Tatum (wrist) — Not on injury report

  • Marcus Smart (ankle) — out

  • Robert Williams (injury management) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (personal) — out

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Payton Pritchard recorded 17.8% usage and a 22.2% assist rate in 24.2 minutes off the bench in the one match Brogdon and Smart missed previously this season. White and Tatum led the Celtics with 10 and eight assists, respectively, while Brown (+8.2%), Grant Williams (+6.2%), and White (+3.0%) recorded positive usage differentials.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Jonathan Isaac (conditioning) — Available

  • RJ Hampton (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — injured

Isaac was recently limited to 17.7 minutes during three G League games as he prepared to make his season debut following a 29-month absence. His time could be even more restricted Monday and will be carefully managed moving forward. Minutes for Bol Bol, Moe Wagner, and Mo Bamba on the second unit are likely reduced as the frontcourt rotation will be further crowded.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • De’Andre Hunter (illness) — Out

  • Onyeka Okongwu (hamstring) — Out

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Goran Dragic (illness) — Out

  • Javonte Green (knee) — injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — injured

The Bulls allowed the second-highest three-point percentage (37.5%) through December 30th. However, they’ve limited opponents to the fifth-lowest three-point percentage (33.5%) during their last ten games. This improvement will be tested against a Hawks team that has recorded the third-highest offensive rating (124.2) as they’ve gone 5-1 and shot the highest three-point percentage (44.8%) league-wide during their last six games.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • Rudy Gobert (groin) — Available

  • Taurean Prince (ankle) — out

  • Bryn Forbes (illness) — available

  • Wendell Moore Jr. (G League) — Available

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf)—injured

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf)—injured

Naz Reid has averaged just 21.1 minutes per game as coach Finch has utilized a three-center rotation during Gobert’s absence. Minnesota has the fourth-lowest rebound rate (45.1%) with Gobert sidelined for the last three games, including a paltry 38.1% clip against Houston on Saturday.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, KJ Martin, Tari Eason, Alperen Sengun

Tari Eason contributed 14 points and nine rebounds on five-for-11 shooting in 26.8 minutes while starting in Smith Jr.’s stead against Minnesota on Saturday. Six Rockets attempted between nine and 13 field goals, and Green was limited to 10 points on three-for-13 shooting.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, Jalen McDaniels, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle, wrist) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — out

  • Theo Maledon (G League) — Available

  • James Bouknight (G League) — Available

  • Kelly Oubre (hand) — injured

If Ball is ruled out, Dennis Smith Jr., Jalen McDaniels, and Bryce McGowens should continue to play additional minutes. Additionally, facilitating opportunities would again be dispersed across the lineup. Plumlee (+7.0%), Rozier (+5.6%), and Smith Jr. (+5.4%) posted the highest usage differentials on the Hornets with Ball sidelined Saturday.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Malik Beasley, Lauri Markkanen, Walker Kessler

San Antonio Spurs News

Projected Lineup: Tre Jones, Romeo Langford, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

While Poeltl hasn’t been facing a formal restriction, his time has been limited as he’s averaged 25.8 minutes during the previous six matches. Zach Collins averaged 24.0 minutes during the last two contests, splitting the center position evenly with Poeltl.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

The Trail Blazers have the second-highest point differential (+9.0) and have scored the fourth-most points per 100 possessions (121.4) in the league on zero days of rest this season. Conversely, the Spurs have the third-lowest point differential (-8.6) and have allowed the third-most points per 100 possessions (119.8) against teams playing the second game of a back-to-back set this season.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman

  • Ja Morant (ankle) — out

  • Steven Adams (knee) — out

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Adams has averaged 8.3 offensive rebounds in three games against the Kings this season, including 13 offensive rebounds during their most recent matchup earlier this month. Defensive rebounding has been typically a strength for Sacramento, whose 73.5% rate ranks 4th in the league.

Sacramento Kings News

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

Malik Monk has averaged just 15.2 minutes as he’s registered a 34.7 eFG% during the last five games. As a result, the starters have played additional time and have been asked to generate more offense while Monk has struggled.

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