NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/9

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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) – Probably

  • Lebron James (foot) – Probably

  • Trae Young (Shin) – Doubtful

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Probably

  • Damien Lillard (Calf) – Probably

  • Paolo Banchero (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Jrue holiday (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Fernee Simons (foot) – Probably

  • ChrisPaul (Heel) — Doubtful

  • Yusuf Nurkic (Adductors) – Probably

  • Jerami Grant (ankle) – Probably

  • Steven Adams (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Jared Vanderbilt (Adductors) – Doubtful

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (Hip) – Doubtful

  • Aaron Nesmith (Foot) — Questionable

  • Quentin Grimes (Foot) — Questionable

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Portland Trail Blazers News

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

  • Damien Lillard (Calf) – Probably

  • Fernee Simons (foot) – Probably

  • Jerami Grant (ankle) – Probably

  • Yusuf Nurkic (Adductors) – Probably

  • Justify Winslow (ankle) – Probably

  • Keon Johnson (Hip) – Doubtful

  • Gary Payton II (Core) – Injured

Simons has received 26.8% usage and Lillard has received 32.9% usage over the six games the duo has played together this season. Lillard’s support rate of 24.8% is 7.1% higher than Simons.

Charlotte Hornet’s News

Planned lineup: Terry Rozier, Dennis Smith Jr., Kelly Oubre, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Cody Martin (Square) – Doubtful

  • Gordon Hayward (Shoulder) – Off

  • LaMelo ball (Ankle) – Off

Rozier has a 19.0% assist rate in the last two games, returning to a more unprepared role while Smith Jr. and James Bouknight served as main distributors.

Denver Nuggets News

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

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Aaron Nesmith (Foot) — Questionable

  • Daniel Theis (Knee) – Off

  • Chris Duarte (Ankle) – Injured

Andrew Nembhard played 34 minutes on Monday, posting a 17.3% utilization and 20.0% assist rate in the first game without Nesmith and Duarte.

Dallas Mavericks News

Planned lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney Smith, Dwight Powell

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (Hip) – Doubtful

  • Christian Holz (Knee) – Off

  • Davis Bertans (Knee hurt

Wood is second in the Mavs and Hardaway Jr. is third. Josh Green would benefit the most if Hardaway Jr. is ruled out, while Maxi Kleber, JaVale McGee and Dwight Powell should play bigger roles in Wood’s absence.

Orlando Magic News

Planned lineup: Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr., Bol Bol

  • Paolo Banchero (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • KevinHarris (Rib) — Doubtful

  • ColeAnthony (oblique) – Injured

  • Moe Wagner (Ankle) – Injured

  • Markle Fultz (Toe) – Injured

  • gary harris (Knee hurt

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) – Breached

Chuma Okeke and Bol could get the gist of Banchero’s minutes if he’s ruled out. Banchero’s 29.4% usage leads available Magic players by a 6.5% lead.

Utah Jazz News

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

Malik Beasley would likely get another start, with Rudy Gay, Walker Kessler and Talen Horton-Tucker taking over more minutes again if Vanderbilt misses.

Atlanta Hawks News

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

Murray recorded 32.1% usage and a 61.1% support rate Monday without Young. Aaron Holiday started and got extra minutes along with Justin Holiday and AJ Griffin, who had a career-high 24 point shooting with 66.6%.

Detroit Pistons News

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

Detroit has the second fewest points per game from reserves (23.5 per game).

Boston Celtics News

Planned lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Luke Kornet (Personal) – Not in the injury report

  • Robert Williams (Knee hurt

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) – Breached

The Pistons are 0-5 from home and have the league’s worst defensive rating, which allows for 116.5 points per 100 possessions.

New York Knicks News

Planned lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Isaiah Hartenstein

The Knicks’ offensive rebound rate of 31.8% ranks sixth in the league. The Nets have secured just 65.7% of their defensive boards, which ranks last.

Brooklyn Nets News

Planned lineup: Ben Simmons, Joe Harris, Royce O’Neale, Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton

  • Yuta Watanabe (Ankle) – Off

  • Kyrie Irving (Suspension) – Off

  • TJ Warren (Injured foot

Durant averaged 37.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 9.7 assists in three games against the Knicks last season, including a monster 53 point performance.

Houston Rockets News

Planned lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

Jalen Green (26.6%) and Kevin Porter Jr. (25.6%) lead the Rockets in action. The Raptors have the stingiest guard defense in the league, allowing their opponents just 10.8 field goals per game.

Toronto Raptors News

Planned lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, and Christian Koloko

Toronto’s 22.5 fastbreak points per game outperforms the rest of the league by 3.8 points each night. Houston’s 18.5 allowed fast break points per game ranks 29th.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Planned lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Larry Nance Jr. (Knee) — Questionable

  • Garrett Temple (personal) – Off

  • Kira Lewis (ACL) – Breached

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Andre Drummond (Shoulder) — Doubtful

  • Coby White (Square) – Off

  • Lonzo ball (Knee hurt

Phoenix Suns News

Planned lineup: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

Cam Payne should start if Paul is excluded. Booker had a +5.3% difference in assist rate when Paul wasn’t down last season.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

Gobert’s return should cut the minutes for Kyle Anderson, Taurean Prince and Naz Reid.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Planned lineup: George Hill, Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) – Probably

  • Jrue holiday (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Chris Middleton (Wrist) – Injured

  • Pat Connaughton (Calf) – Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) – Breached

Antetokounmpo had a +15.2% support rate last season without Holiday and Middleton on the floor.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Planned lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Memphis Grizzlies News

Planned lineup: Yes Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Santi Aldama, Steven Adams

  • Steven Adams (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Ziaire Williams (Knee hurt

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (Injured foot

  • Danny Green (ACL) – Breached

Brandon Clarke played 31 minutes at center and Xavier Tillman 17 when Adams was out on Monday.

San Antonio Spurs News

Planned lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Romeo Langford (Toe) – Not on the injury report

  • Doug McDermott (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • ZachCollins (Leg) – Injured

  • Blake Wesley (Knee hurt

San Antonio’s 71.4% assist rate is the best in the league. The last team to record an assist rate this high was the 2003-2004 New Jersey Nets.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Planned lineup: LeBron James, Patrick Beverley, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker, Anthony Davis

  • Patrick Beverly (Disease) – Not in the injury report

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Probably

  • Lebron James (foot) – Probably

  • Lonnie Walker (Disease) — Doubtful

  • Dennis Schroeder (thumbs) – Hurt

  • Thomas Bryant (thumbs) – Hurt

On the pre-game injury report:

LeBron: 9 for 10 AD: 9 for 10

Six of the eight players who could get more time if Walker is eliminated have usage rates of 16.2% or less.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Planned lineup: Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Paul George, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

The Clippers’ defensive rating of 107.7 places them fourth in the league. The Lakers’ offensive rating of 103.5 ranks last.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Planned lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

The Kings allow the guards to shoot 49.6% from the field, which ranks 28th in the league.

Sacramento Kings News

Planned lineup: De’Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

Barnes and Murray’s minutes would be safer as Davion Mitchell, Terence Davis and Trey Lyles would all take more time if Monk is ruled out.



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