NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 4/12

Apr 12th 2023

Connor Learn

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

  • Larry Nance Jr. (ankle) — Out

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Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Patrick Beverley, Alex Caruso, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

DeRozan averaged 14.0 points on dramatically reduced 18.2% usage, while LaVine (28.3%) and Vucevic (25.1%) posted increased usage rates during Chicago's three games against Toronto this season. All three Bulls-Raptors matches finished with 217 or fewer points, and two totaled 208 points or less.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl

  • Jeff Dowtin (two-way) — Ineligible

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

The Raptors scored the fourth-most points in the paint per game (57.9) and made the third-fewest threes per game (10.3) during their last 15 matches. The Bulls allowed the second-fewest points in the paint per game (44.9) and the sixth-most made threes per game (13.7) during their last 15 contests. VanVleet attempted 10.7 threes per game against the Bulls this season; his and Gary Trent Jr.'s shooting should be vital.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Jaylin Williams

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (knee) — Out

  • Kenrich Williams (wrist) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 31.7 points on 35.1% usage in seven matchups with the Pelicans over the last two seasons, scoring below 31 points just twice in those contests. Additionally, New Orleans registered the second-best defensive rating (109.3) during their last 15 matches. Oklahoma City posted a 10-18 record against teams with top-ten defensive ratings this season (including 1-3 against the Pelicans), scoring the eighth-fewest points per 100 possessions (111.3) during those games.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Trey Murphy, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Larry Nance Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Jose Alvarado (leg) — Injured

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

Despite the potential for Valanciunas' size to be impactful against a smaller Oklahoma City frontline, he posted reduced usage (18.8%) and rebound rates (17.1%) while averaging 24.1 minutes when healthy for the first three matchups against the Thunder this season. Murphy averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 three-point attempts per game against the Thunder this year. Oklahoma City allowed the third-highest rate of corner three tries (10.8%) league-wide, and Murphy has led New Orleans in that category (1.8 per game).