NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/9 | Underdog Network (2024)

Each day, this column will provide live updates for all NBA news. Enjoy up-to-the-minute alerts for injuries and lineup confirmations. TheKey News to Watchsection will highlight notable injuries to monitor for the current NBA slate.

Key NBA News to Watch

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (illness) — In

  • Donovan Mitchell (leg) — Out

  • De'Aaron Fox (foot) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) — Available

  • Lauri Markkanen (illness) — Out

  • Myles Turner (hamstring) — In

  • Mike Conley (knee) — Available

  • Steven Adams (shoulder) — Available

  • De'Andre Hunter (hip) — Out

  • Nic Claxton (hamstring) — Out

  • Trent Forrest (concussion) — Available

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New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (ankle) — Out

  • Obi Toppin (knee) — Injured

Robinson has logged a rebounding rate 4.1% higher than his season-long clip as he has averaged an increased 28.3 minutes during the last five games. Charlotte has recorded the sixth-worst rebounding rate (48.5%) in the league since Gordon Hayward rejoined LaMelo Ball on the inactive list.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, Jalen McDaniels, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • PJ Washington (eye) — Not on injury report

  • Mark Williams (ankle) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Plumlee has secured double-digit rebounds during six of the last seven games. The Knicks have logged the fourth-worst defensive rebounding rate (69.6%) in the league.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) — Available

  • Will Barton (foot) — Out

  • Johnny Davis (G-League) — Out

  • Devon Dotson (G-League) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Injured

  • Rui Hachimura (ankle) — Injured

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

Porzingis and Beal were both sidelined during one game earlier this season. Kuzma logged a +6.5 usage differential and a +14.7% assist rate differential in that match. Avdija also notably registered a +8.7% usage differential and a +3.1% assist rate differential.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner

  • Myles Turner (hamstring) — In

  • Jalen Smith (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Isaiah Jackson (knee) — Out

  • James Johnson (elbow) — Available

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Injured

Smith moved up to center with Turner sidelined Monday, and that could happen again against a Wizards team that utilizes one big man at a time. Aaron Nesmith or Oshae Brissett could pick up a majority of Turner's minutes if he is ruled out.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Christian Koloko

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Out

  • Juancho Hernangomez (ankle) — Injured

  • Precious Achiuwa (ankle) — Injured

Barnes has registered a 25.3% defensive rebounding rate in the last four games, which is 8.0% higher than his season-long clip.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Moe Wagner, Bol Bol

  • Jalen Suggs (ankle) — Out

  • Gary Harris (hamstring) — Out

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Moe Wagner has recorded 18.8% usage and a 21.8% defensive rebounding rate while averaging 30.2 minutes in the last five games.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Aaron Holiday, AJ Griffin, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela

  • Trae Young (illness) — Not on injury report

  • De'Andre Hunter (hip) — Out

  • Trent Forrest (concussion) — Available

  • John Collins (ankle) — Injured

  • Dejounte Murray (ankle) — Injured

Young has registered a +10.2% usage differential and a +12.5% assist rate differential with Murray off the floor this season.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons

  • Ben Simmons (calf) — Available

  • Nic Claxton (hamstring) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) — Out

Irving (-6.6%) and Durant (-5.4%) have recorded negative assist rate differentials with Simmons on the floor this season. Joe Harris and Seth Curry's minutes stand to decline most sharply in Simmons' return.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: Davion Mitchell, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • De'Aaron Fox (foot) — Out

  • Terence Davis (back) — Out

Davion Mitchell started the one game that Fox missed this season and recorded 15.6% usage and a 23.5% assist rate. Malik Monk led the Kings with 33.3% usage and dished out seven assists in 22.0 minutes that game.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Caris LeVert, Lamar Stevens, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Donovan Mitchell (leg) — Out

  • Kevin Love (back) — Out

  • Dean Wade (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Garland scored 51 points while recording 40.0% usage and a 31.6% assist rate in one start without Mitchell this season. Allen's +11.5% usage differential with Mitchell off of the floor is the highest on the Cavs.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverley, Lonnie Walker, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (illness) — In

  • Patrick Beverley (knee) — In

  • Wenyen Gabriel (shoulder) — Injured

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (ankle) — Injured

Listed "Probable" or "Questionable" before playing:

LeBron: 17-for-22AD: 21-for-23

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Not on injury report

  • Georges Niang (foot) — Out

  • Danuel House (foot) — Out

  • Tyrese Maxey (foot) — Injured

Largely due to Embiid's presence, pick-and-roll screeners for the 76ers finish the highest amount of possessions (7.8%) in the league. The Lakers have defended pick-and-roll screeners at the best percentile in the league.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart, Jalen Duren

  • Isaiah Livers (shoulder) — Out

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, John Konchar, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

  • Steven Adams (shoulder) — Available

  • Jake LaRavia (foot) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (toe) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Brandon Clarke has recorded 16.4% usage and a 19.5% rebounding rate in 30.2 minutes per game during his two starts for Adams this season.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Duane Washington Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Dyson Daniels, Trey Murphy, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Out

  • Herb Jones (ankle) — Out

  • Jose Alvarado (rib) — Available

  • Kira Lewis Jr. (G-League) — Available

Williamson has scored an increased 20.8 points in the paint per game with Ingram sidelined for the last five matches. The Suns have allowed the third-most points in the paint per game (55.0) in their last eight contests.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Matt Ryan (signed) — TBD

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Injured

Gobert has recorded a defensive rebounding rate 3.3% above his season-long clip with Towns out for the last three games. He secured 23 rebounds against the Jazz earlier in the season.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Jordan Clarkson, Malik Beasley, Kelly Olynyk, Walker Kessler

  • Lauri Markkanen (illness) — Out

  • Mike Conley (knee) — Available

  • Simone Fontecchio (ankle) — Out

  • Ochai Agbaji (G-League) — Available

  • Leandro Bolmaro (G-League) — Available

  • Johnny Juzang (wrist) — Out

  • Collin Sexton (hamstring) — Injured

Olynyk (+6.0%) and Clarkson (+2.0%) posted positive usage differentials with Markkanen sidelined Wednesday. Malik Beasley started for Markkanen. Olynyk, Clarkson, and Beasley take over 40.0% of their field goal attempts from three, and the Timberwolves have allowed opponents to make the most threes per game (14.0) this season.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Wesley Matthews (health protocols) — Out

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell

Hardaway Jr. has scored 24.4 points per game with a 71.4 eFG% in his last five matches. His heater will be tested in a matchup with a Bucks team that he shot two-for-eight against six games ago.

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