NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/18

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) — Questionable

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Probably

  • Zion Williamson (Foot) — Questionable

  • Jrue holiday (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Jimmy Butler (Knee) – Off

  • Bam Adebayo (Knee) – Rather doubtful

  • ChrisPaul (Heel) — Doubtful

  • Jarret Allen (Disease) — Doubtful

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (back) — Doubtful

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) – In

  • Aaron Gordon (Disease) — Doubtful

  • Gordon Hayward (Shoulder) — Doubtful

  • Mitchell Robinson (Knee) — Doubtful

  • Markus Smart (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Malcolm Brogdon (thigh) – In

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Caleb Martin (Knee) – Will probably be played

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) – In

  • Grayson Allen (ankle) – Probably

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Miami Heat News

Planned lineup: Kyle Lowry, Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Caleb Martin, Nikola Jovic

  • Bam Adebayo (Knee) – Rather doubtful

  • Jimmy Butler (Knee) – Off

  • Caleb Martin (Knee) – Will probably be played

  • Dewayne Dedmon (Foot) – Probably plays

  • Udonis Haslem (personal) – Off

  • Tyler Herro (Ankle) – Off

  • Victor Oladipo (Knee hurt

  • Omar Yurtseven (Ankle) – Injured

Duncan Robinson and Max Strus could both start if Martin is out. Opposing teams are shooting the fourth best three-point ratio this season against the Wizards (38.5%).

Washington Wizards News

Planned lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, and Kristaps Porzingis

Charlotte Hornet’s News

Planned lineup: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Gordon Hayward (Shoulder) — Doubtful

  • LaMelo ball (Ankle) – Off

  • Cody Martin (Knee hurt

The Cavs have conceded a worst 122.0 points per 100 possessions in the league in their last five games.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

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

  • Jarret Allen (Disease) — Doubtful

  • Dean Wade (Knee) — Doubtful

  • Dylan Windler (Ankle) – Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) – Breached

The Hornets had the league’s worst 102.5 points per 100 possessions for the month of November.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Grayson Allen (ankle) – Probably

  • Jrue holiday (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Pat Connaughton (Calf) – Off

  • Wesley Matthews (Thigh) – Off

  • Chris Middleton (Wrist) – Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) – Breached

The 76ers have had the second fewest points per 100 possession since James Harden’s injury (105.0). They also have the best defensive rating (100.5 points/100 possessions) over the period.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Planned lineup: Tyrese Maxey, De’Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Matisse Thybulle (Ankle) – Not on the injury report

  • Furkan Korkmaz (Knee) – Off

  • James Harden (Injured foot

The Bucks limited Embiid to 15 points in the October 20 6-for-21 shootout.

Orlando Magic News

Planned lineup: Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Chuma Okeke, Wendell Carter Jr., Bol Bol

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) – In

  • gary harris (knee) – Probably

  • Paolo Banchero (Ankle) – Injured

  • ColeAnthony (oblique) – Injured

  • Moe Wagner (Ankle) – Injured

  • Markle Fultz (Toe) – Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) – Breached

Carter Jr’s expected return should result in Bol receiving less stakes and Mo Bamba returning to the bench.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) – In

  • Coby White (Quad) — Available

  • Lonzo ball (Knee hurt

Indiana Pacers News

Planned lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner

The Rockets limit opposing centers to the third fewest field goals and rebounds made per game this season.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (back) — Doubtful

  • Jae’Sean Tate (Ankle) – Injured

  • Bruno Fernando (Knee hurt

Daishen Nix or KJ Martin could start if Porter Jr. is out. The remaining starters would then claim additional use as well as a greater moderator role if Martin receives the start nod.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Planned lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Aleksej Pokusevski, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

  • Tre man (rear) – Off

  • Darius Bazley (Ankle) – Off

  • Ousmane Dieng (G League) – Out

  • Eugene Omoruyi (G League) – Out

  • Chet Holmgren (Injured foot

Memphis Grizzlies News

Planned lineup: Ja Morant, John Konchar, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

  • Xavier Tilmann (G League) – Out

  • Desmond Bane (Toe) – Injured

  • Ziaire Williams (Knee hurt

  • Danny Green (ACL) – Breached

Morant has achieved 36.9% utilization in the two games he has played without Bane so far.

Denver Nuggets News

Planned lineup: Bruce Brown, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, DeAndre Jordan

  • Aaron Gordon (Disease) — Doubtful

  • Isch Smith (Calf) – Doubtful

  • Jamal Murray (Health Logs) – Out

  • Nikola Jokić (Health Logs) – Out

Bones Hyland leads the nuggets with 29.6% usage. He should shoulder much of the offensive load along with Porter Jr., Brown and possibly Gordon.

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Ja Vale McGee (Neck) – Probably

  • Reggie Bullock (Throat) — Doubtful

  • Max Glue (rear) – Off

Boston Celtics News

Planned lineup: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, Al Horford

  • Malcolm Brogdon (thigh) – In

  • Markus Smart (Ankle) – Doubtful

  • Robert Williams (Knee hurt

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) – Breached

Derrick White saw 18.9% usage and a 38.5% support rate when he launched for Smart on Wednesday. His minutes could go down if Brogdon is expected back, but he could play a similar role on the starting line-up if Smart is absent.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

McCollum (27.3%) and Valanciunas (27.1%) led the Pelicans out in action with Williamson in the last two games. McCollum’s assist rate of 36.2% was also 10.1% higher than his season average.

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • ChrisPaul (Heel) — Doubtful

  • Josh Okogie (Thigh) – Doubtful

  • Landry Shamet (Concussion) – Off

  • Cam Johnson (Knee hurt

Devin Booker would play a lesser supporting role, while Cam Payne returns to his bench role if Paul is able to return.

Utah Jazz News

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

New York Knicks News

Planned lineup: Jalen Brunson, Cam Reddish, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Isaiah Hartenstein

The Warriors have the worst away defensive rating in the league (120.8 points allowed/100 possessions). They have the fourth best defensive rating at home (106.7).

News from the Golden State Warriors

Planned lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

Mitchell Robinson is missing seven games and the Knicks have the third-worst defensive rating in the league in each team’s last seven games.

Detroit Pistons News

Planned lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Marvin Bagley

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • Dennis Schroeder (thumbs) – Not in the injury report

  • Thomas Bryant (thumbs) – Not in the injury report

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Probably

  • Lebron James (Foot) — Doubtful

  • Juan Toscano Anderson (back) — Doubtful

  • Max Christie (Health Logs) – Out

Listed as Likely or Doubtful before playing:

LeBron: 10-on-11 AD: 12-on-13 James could return for an ideal matchup against the Pistons, who are bottom in defensive standings, will be back-to-back and just lost their best center back to injury. Davis and Russell Westbrook would play less offensive roles when James rejoins the lineup.


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