NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 4/17

Apr 17th 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

  • Jordan Poole (ankle) — Available

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Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

The Nets have played the 76ers twice with their current roster intact and scored 98 and 101 points in two losses. Bridges will remain central to the scoring effort, and Johnson scored an efficient 18 points on seven-for-11 shooting in Brooklyn's 121-101 Game 1 loss. The Nets scored only 38 points in the paint and shot 13-for-29 (44.8%) from three during that contest after scoring the fewest points in the paint per game (42.5) during the last 15 games of the season. Johnson, Dinwiddie, Finney-Smith, and Royce O'Neale will need to connect on a higher volume of threes for the Nets to contend in this series.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

Embiid finished with 26 points on 29.3% usage in Philadelphia's decisive 121-101 series-opening victory over the Nets, continuing a regular-season trend of Embiid being less involved offensively against the Nets. Harden led the team with 29.4% usage as he finished with 23 points, four rebounds, and 13 assists, with Harris adding 21 points on nine-for-14 shooting. Maxey scored 13 points on just eight field goal attempts and should be more involved moving forward. Philadelphia's offense could remain balanced if the Nets succeed in making everyone but Embiid beat them.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Jordan Poole (ankle) — Available

  • Andre Iguodala (wrist) — Injured

  • Ryan Rollins (foot) — Injured

Due partially to an injury, Poole logged just 21.7 minutes in Golden State's 126-123 series-opening loss, with Gary Payton II playing a nearly identical 20.4 minutes for defensive reasons. Poole could continue playing similarly reduced time if available. Payton II, Donte DiVincenzo, and Jonathan Kuminga should absorb most of Poole's minutes if he's ruled out. Curry, Thompson, and Wiggins will handle more scoring responsibilities if Poole is inactive or again plays fewer minutes. Green has led the Warriors with a +3.2% assist rate differential with Poole off the court this season and led the team with 11 assists in Game 1.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Matthew Dellavedova (finger) — Injured

Continuing a regular-season trend against the Warriors, Malik Monk played increased minutes as he assumed an important secondary scoring role in Sacramento's 126-123 series-opening win, finishing with 32 points on eight-for-13 shooting from the field and 14-for-14 from the line. Monk's efficiency and success at getting to the free-throw line should be outliers, but he could continue seeing additional opportunities in this series. Fox's heightened role should be more stable across the series after he finished with 38 points on 13-for-27 shooting from the field and eight-for-12 from the line.