NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 10/26

Every day this column provides live updates for all NBA news. Enjoy up-to-the-minute injury notifications and lineup confirmations. That Important news to watch Section will highlight notable injuries to monitor for current NBA roster.

Important NBA news to watch

  • Lebron James (foot) – Probably

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Probably

  • Terry Rozier (Ankle) – Off

  • Scottie Barnes (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Russell Westbrook (paralyze) — Doubtful

  • Michael Porter Jr. (Injury Management) – Off

  • Myles Turner (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Devin Vasell (Knee) – Off

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Orlando Magic News

Planned lineup: Cole Anthony, Terrence Ross, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Jalen Suggs (Ankle) – Injured

  • Moe Wagner (Ankle) – Injured

  • Markle Fultz (Toe) – Injured

  • gary harris (Knee hurt

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) – Breached

Orlando’s 46.2 percent assist ratio ranks the lowest in the league.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Planned lineup: Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Caris LeVert, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Darius garland (eye) – Off

  • Dylan Windler (Ankle) – Off

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) – Breached

The Cavs rank fifth in the league with 20.7 points per game from turnovers. The Magic ranks 23rd when it comes to 20.5 points per night.

Atlanta Hawks News

Planned lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De’Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela

Detroit Pistons News

Planned lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart

Charlotte Hornet’s News

Planned lineup: Dennis Smith Jr., Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Terry Rozier (Ankle) – Off

  • Cody Martin (Square) – Off

  • LaMelo ball (Ankle) – Off

Dennis Smith Jr. started as point guard for Rozier on Sunday and recorded a 22.7% utilization rate in 34 minutes of play. Mason Plumlee also had a 25.1% support rate and Kelly Oubre had a 28.4% usage rate.

New York Knicks News

Planned lineup: Jalen Brunson, Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson

The Knicks rank sixth in the league for offensive rebound percentage at 34.3%. Charlotte ranks third from bottom in terms of defensive rebound percentage at 65.7%.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Planned lineup: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

Shake Milton and either Matisse Thybulle or Furkan Korkmaz are likely to play longer if Melton is ruled out.

Toronto Raptors News

Planned lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam

In Monday’s first full game without Barnes, Precious Achiuwa grabbed 22 rebounds and averaged 34 minutes in the second game in a row. Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and Gary Trent Jr. recorded usage rates of 32.8%, 25.2%, and 21.3%, respectively.

Brooklyn Nets News

Planned lineup: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Royce O’Neale, Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton

  • Seth Curry (Ankle) – Off

  • TJ Warren (Injured foot

  • Markieff Morris (personal) – Off

The Nets’ defensive rebound rate of 61.3% is considered the worst in the league.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Planned lineup: Jrue Holiday, Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Brook Lopez

  • Chris Middleton (Wrist) – Injured

  • Pat Connaughton (Calf) – Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) – Breached

The Bucks’ defensive rating of 99.5 leads the league through their two games. The networks will test their improved defense performance.

Indiana Pacers News

Planned lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner

Turner is expected back sometime during the Pacers’ road trip, which extends into next Monday. Jalen Smith posted a 24.4% utilization rate with a 17.4% rebound rate earlier this season, and his stats should drop if Turner can return.

Chicago Bulls News

Planned lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

San Antonio Spurs News

Planned lineup: Tre Jones, Josh Richardson, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

Vassell’s usage of 23.3% needs to be replaced. Jeremy Sochan, Doug McDermott, Josh Primo and Josh Richardson are likely to play longer if Vassell is out.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Planned lineup: D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

The Timberwolves turned to a three-guard rotation in the final game, and Jaylen Nowell plays an average of 23.1 minutes per game while posting a 28.3% utilization rate, with Anderson largely absent. Bryn Forbes has received some of Anderson’s minutes, with Jaden McDaniels averaging 30.0 minutes and Taurean Prince also averaging 16.8 minutes a night.

Houston Rockets News

Planned lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr.

  • Jae’Sean Tate (Ankle) – On track to play

  • Bruno Fernando (Knee hurt

  • Alperen Sengun (illness) – Off

The Rockets started Monday with Jabari Smith Jr. at center and could turn to similar lineups against a Jazz team that has conceded the most points in the paint and the second-highest defensive rebound rate. KJ Martin started and was also given 34 minutes, but Tate’s forthcoming return numbers are reducing his and Tari Eason’s roles.

Utah Jazz News

Planned lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Jarred Vanderbilt, Kelly Olynyk

The Jazz rank sixth in the league in points in the suit, with the Rockets allowing the third most points in the suit.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Planned lineup: Kendrick Nunn, Patrick Beverley, Lonnie Walker, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • Lebron James (foot) – Probably

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Probably

  • Russell Westbrook (Thigh) – Doubtful

  • Dennis Schroeder (thumbs) – Hurt

  • Thomas Bryant (thumbs) – Hurt

On the pre-game injury report:

LeBron: 3-for-3 AD: 3-for-3

Kendrick Nunn, Austin Reaves and Troy Brown Jr. are the likeliest candidates to claim Westbrook’s record. The Lakers also need to replace Westbrook’s 22.3 percent usage.

Denver Nuggets News

Planned lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Bruce Brown, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

Porter received 35 minutes in the opening game and has already played back-to-back games this season. If Porter is out, Bruce Brown is expected to start without making his 22.7% consumption, with Jeff Green, Christian Braun and Vom Reed also picking up minutes.

Miami Heat News

Planned lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

Portland Trail Blazers News

Planned lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

Winslow’s absence resulted in Jusuf Nurkic recording 35 minutes against the Nuggets, with Drew Eubanks getting all the backup center minutes. Keon Johnson also entered the rotation and Shaedon Sharpe and Nassir Little saw slightly increased playing time.


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