NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 4/2

Apr 2nd 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

  • Nikola Jokic (calf) — Out

  • LeBron James (foot) — Available

  • Anthony Edwards (illness) — In

  • Lauri Markkanen (hand) — Available

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (illness, calf) — In

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — Available

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Out

  • Jarrett Allen (groin) — In

  • Myles Turner (ankle) — Out

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre (shoulder) — Out

  • RJ Barrett (illness) — Out

  • Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) — Available

  • Gordon Hayward (thumb) — Out

  • Monte Morris (ankle) — Out

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Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Gary Trent Jr. (back) — Out

  • Will Barton (ankle) — Out

  • Dalano Banton (thumb) — Available

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Theo Maledon, Svi Mykhailiuk, Bryce McGowens, JT Thor, Mark Williams

  • Terry Rozier (foot) — Out

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre (shoulder) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (thumb) — Out

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (toe) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

Theo Maledon and Mykhailiuk will handle additional distributing responsibilities, while James Bouknight will retain a lead facilitating role off the bench if Smith Jr. is unavailable. Bryce McGowens will start if Oubre is sidelined, and JT Thor should start if Washington is inactive. Maledon, Mykhailiuk, and Bouknight should be featured in the scoring effort if Smith Jr., Oubre, and Washington are ruled out.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Talen Horton-Tucker, Ochai Agbaji, Lauri Markkanen, Kelly Olynyk, Walker Kessler

  • Lauri Markkanen (hand) — Available

  • Jordan Clarkson (finger) — Out

  • Rudy Gay (back) — Out

  • Collin Sexton (hamstring) — Injured

Horton-Tucker's role wasn't diminished by Olynyk rejoining the lineup Friday, and Horton-Tucker has recorded 35.4% usage and a 32.0% assist rate in the last four games Markkanen and Clarkson missed. Markkanen has posted a +5.0% usage differential in games Clarkson has missed after the All-Star break, and Horton-Tucker's role will diminish most sharply if Markkanen returns.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

In a near-complete reversal of their early-season dynamic, the Jazz have allowed the sixth-fewest points in the paint per game (47.0) and the most made threes per game (16.1) during their last 10 contests. Bridges (3.0), Johnson (2.5), and Royce O'Neale (1.9) connected on the most threes per game on the Nets, while Dinwiddie shot 28.8% from downtown in March.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman

  • John Konchar (hip) — Available

  • Vince Williams Jr. (shoulder) — Available

  • Ziaire Williams (foot, ankle) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

Luke Kennard finished with 17 points on six-for-11 shooting (five-for-10 from three) in 33.5 minutes with Konchar sidelined for Friday's comfortable win. Santi Aldama was limited to backup center duties against a Clippers team that utilized one big man at a time, which could persist similarly against Chicago. As a result, Kennard could continue playing a more significant sixth-man role if Konchar remains out against a Bulls team that allowed the fourth-most made threes per game (14.2) during their last 15 contests.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Alex Caruso (foot) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Skylar Mays, Shaedon Sharpe, Matisse Thybulle, Trendon Watford, Drew Eubanks

  • Anfernee Simons (foot) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (quad) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (knee) — Out

  • Trendon Watford (ankle) — Available

  • Nassir Little (ankle) — Out

  • Cam Reddish (back) — Out

  • Jeenathan Williams (not with team) — Available

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Injured

  • Keon Johnson (finger) — Injured

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (waived) — Out

Mays assumed a lead facilitating role as he led the team with six assists while scoring 14 points on five-for-eight shooting in 30.1 minutes during his team debut Friday. Watford, Kevin Knox, and Jabari Walker will play expanded secondary scoring roles in Little's absence, especially if Reddish doesn't rejoin the lineup to play extended minutes.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Anthony Edwards (illness) — In

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (illness, calf) — In

  • Austin Rivers (illness) — Out

  • Jaylen Nowell (knee) — Out

  • Naz Reid (wrist) — Injured

Edwards will battle to play in every game possible, but Towns could sit instead of facing a Trail Blazers team that has played one competitive match in their last five games. Kyle Anderson will rejoin the starting lineup, and the remaining starters will play heightened offensive roles if Towns is ruled out.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, Dwight Powell

  • Frank Ntilikina (knee) — Available

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Saddiq Bey, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Out

Bey scored 16 points on six-for-14 shooting in 29.5 minutes as the rotation tightened to nine with Hunter sidelined Friday. Hunter's absence will be mostly felt on the defensive end, as Atlanta could be hard-pressed to defend Dallas' two lead guards without him.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Delon Wright, Johnny Davis, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Daniel Gafford

  • Bradley Beal (knee) — Out

  • Kyle Kuzma (ankle) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (illness) — Out

  • Monte Morris (ankle) — Out

Morris has posted +10.3% usage and +4.5% assist rate differentials with Beal, Kuzma, Porzingis, and Rui Hachimura off the court this season and could play a more significant role if available. Alternatively, Wright and Johnny Davis' roles will expand if Morris is sidelined. Wright logged 19.1% usage and a 30.0% assist rate, while Davis logged 28.2% usage in 15.7 minutes in the second half of Friday's 116-109 loss when Morris didn't return.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, Obi Toppin, Mitchell Robinson

  • RJ Barrett (illness) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (illness) — Out

  • Duane Washington Jr. (hip) — Out

  • DaQuan Jeffries (calf) — Out

  • Julius Randle (ankle) — Injured

Brunson emphatically proved that an injury to his non-shooting hand wouldn't affect his performance as he scored a career-high 48 points on 18-for-32 shooting in New York's 130-116 win over Cleveland on Friday. Toppin logged 18.6 minutes despite starting, with Josh Hart and Immanuel Quickley playing at least 29.4 minutes in smaller lineups instead.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Isaiah Livers, Marvin Bagley, James Wiseman

  • Alec Burks (foot) — Out

  • Rodney McGruder (foot) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — Injured

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Achilles) — Injured

  • Hamidou Diallo (ankle) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Cory Joseph has carved out a significant sixth-man role during the last three games, logging 16.8% usage and a 19.3% assist rate while averaging 27.6 minutes and the third-most touches per game (53.3) on the Pistons.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Kevon Harris (elbow) — Out

  • Jonathan Isaac (adductor) — Injured

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devonte' Graham, Malaki Branham, Keita Bates-Diop, Zach Collins

  • Zach Collins (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (injury management) — Out

  • Jeremy Sochan (knee) — Out

  • Keita Bates-Diop (ankle) — Available

  • Doug McDermott (elbow) — Available

  • Romeo Langford (injury management) — Available

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Injured

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Injured

Branham scored 19 points on eight-for-21 shooting with Johnson available Friday and could become increasingly featured in the offensive effort with Johnson expected to join Vassell on the inactive list. Julian Champagnie will likely start as Dominick Barlow, Devonte' Graham, and Blake Wesley play extended minutes if Bates-Diop or Langford are ruled out. McDermott was excluded from the rotation during the last two games, and the reserves could also play extended minutes if that trend continues.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Matthew Dellavedova (finger) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, LeBron James, Jarred Vanderbilt, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (foot) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — In

  • Mo Bamba (ankle) — Injured

Though Russell (23.3%), Dennis Schroder (22.2%), and Reaves (18.9%) posted three of the four highest assist rates on the team while all three averaged at least 25.8 minutes as James returned for the last three matches, their scoring roles diminished sharply. All three posted usage rates between 17.0% and 18.5% as Davis' role remained steady, and James led the team with 29.0% usage.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Jae'Sean Tate (knee) — Out

  • TyTy Washington (G League) — Out

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Josh Okogie, Kevin Durant, Deandre Ayton

Though he could now handle fewer offensive responsibilities with Durant active, Booker's success against the Thunder in three games since February 24th is notable. He averaged 38.3 points on 37.2% usage and 61.1% shooting, scoring 44 and 46 points during the two most recent contests.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Kenrich Williams (wrist) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Andrew Nembhard, Bennedict Mathurin, Aaron Nesmith, Jordan Nwora, Isaiah Jackson

  • Tyrese Haliburton (ankle, elbow) — Out

  • Myles Turner (ankle) — Out

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Out

The Cavs have struggled against lead guards since Isaac Okoro (knee, out) was injured: Jalen Green scored 30 points during last Sunday's game, Dejounte Murray scored 29 points during Cleveland's next match, and Jalen Brunson dropped 48 points against the Cavs on Friday. Though Cleveland limited Trae Young and Kevin Porter Jr. during those contests, Okoro's absence will make it easier for Indiana's guards to succeed in what has typically been a difficult matchup.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Dean Wade, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Jarrett Allen (groin) — In

  • Isaac Okoro (knee) — Out

  • Dylan Windler (foot) — Out

Compared to the rest of his production in 2023, Mobley has been less productive in the six games Allen has missed, registering -3.2% usage and +0.2% rebound rate differentials during those contests. Stevens will be likelier than LeVert to be demoted to the bench, while Cedi Osman and Dean Wade will also play reduced time if Allen rejoins the lineup.

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Tobias Harris (illness) — Not on injury report

Since joining the 76ers, Harden has excelled in three matchups with the Bucks, averaging 33.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 9.3 assists on heightened 33.9% usage. Maxey logged reduced 17.6% usage during those matches as Harden played a more prominent role.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Jevon Carter (knee) — Available

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo (suspension) — Out

  • Meyers Leonard (calf) — Out

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Donte DiVincenzo, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Andrew Wiggins (personal) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (wrist) — Injured

  • Ryan Rollins (foot) — Injured

Kuminga remained in the starting lineup for a second straight game Friday, and coach Kerr has generally preferred to deploy Green at the five instead of Looney for extended periods in past matchups with Denver. Green has posted a +1.9% rebound rate differential with Kuminga on the court and Looney off the floor this season.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Jeff Green

  • Nikola Jokic (calf) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — Available

  • Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) — Available

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (illness) — Available

  • Zeke Nnaji (knee) — Out

Three of Thomas Bryant, DeAndre Jordan, Jeff Green, and Nnaji will likely form a three-center rotation if Jokic remains sidelined, with Green positioned to play the most minutes in a matchup with Golden State. Murray (+9.0%), Bruce Brown (+7.9%), and Gordon (+5.5%) have registered positive assist rate differentials, while the four remaining Nuggets starters and Brown have logged usage differentials between +2.4% and +6.3% with Jokic and Bones Hyland off the court this season.