NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 4/6

Apr 6th 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

  • Bam Adebayo (quad) — In

  • Talen Horton-Tucker (ankle) — Out

  • Paulo Banchero (back) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Franz Wagner (ankle) — Out

  • Shaedon Sharpe (knee) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (thumb) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Available

  • Tyrese Maxey (neck) — Out

  • Aaron Gordon (shoulder) — Out

  • Zach Collins (finger) — Available

  • Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) — Out

  • Lu Dort (shoulder) — Available

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (illness) — Out

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Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Ricky Rubio, Cedi Osman, Lamar Stevens, Dean Wade, Robin Lopez

  • Donovan Mitchell (finger) — Out

  • Darius Garland (leg) — Out

  • Evan Mobley (rest) — Out

  • Jarrett Allen (groin) — Out

  • Caris LeVert (knee) — Out

  • Isaac Okoro (knee) — Out

  • Dylan Windler (foot) — Out

Raul Neto, Sam Merrill, Danny Green, Isaiah Mobley, and Mamadi Diakite are the available projected reserves. Rubio and Osman likely play the most active offensive roles in the starting lineup; Neto and Merrill could similarly direct offense in the reserve unit. Osman logged 25.8% usage and a 24.1% assist rate in the 51 minutes he's played with Mitchell, Garland, LeVert, and Evan Mobley off the floor this season.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Caleb Houstan, Bol Bol, Chuma Okeke, Moe Wagner

  • Paulo Banchero (back) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Franz Wagner (ankle) — Out

  • Gary Harris (adductor) — Out

  • Jonathan Isaac (adductor) — Injured

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Gabe Vincent, Tyler Herro, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo

  • Bam Adebayo (quad) — In

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Available

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Out

The Heat need to win their final three games, and the Nets need to lose their last two matches for Miami to avoid the Play-In Tournament. Adebayo could be compelled to play through his injury, but Cody Zeller and Kevin Love should split the center minutes if Adebayo is sidelined. Vincent (+3.8%), Herro (+3.2%), and Butler (+2.4%) have posted positive usage differentials, while Herro (+4.5%) and Butler (+3.1%) have registered positive assist rate differentials with Adebayo off the floor this season.

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Tyrese Maxey (neck) — Out

  • De'Anthony Melton (calf) — In

  • PJ Tucker (calf) — In

Jalen McDaniels and Georges Niang have been preferred in the rotation to Shake Milton and Danuel House lately. All four could be needed if at least two of Philadelphia's questionable players are ruled out. Embiid could still be incentivized to perform at a high level, be featured more in the offense if Maxey is sidelined, and have a more favorable matchup if Bam Adebayo (quad, questionable) is ruled out.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Skylar Mays, Jeenathan Williams, Trendon Watford, John Butler Jr., Drew Eubanks

  • Shaedon Sharpe (knee) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (foot) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (quad) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (knee) — Out

  • Drew Eubanks (back) — Available

  • Trendon Watford (ankle) — Available

  • Nassir Little (ankle) — Out

  • Kevin Knox (knee) — Available

  • Matisse Thybulle (knee) — Out

  • Cam Reddish (back) — Out

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Injured

  • Keon Johnson (finger) — Injured

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

Mays and Shaq Harrison will be the lone Trail Blazers with lead distributing ability if Sharpe is ruled out, but Eubanks and, if available, Watford could facilitate more offense out of the post in that event. Mays, Harrison, Knox, and Jabari Walker could lead the scoring effort if Sharpe and Watford are unavailable.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Malaki Branham, Keldon Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop, Zach Collins

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Available

  • Zach Collins (finger) — Available

  • Devin Vassell (injury management) — Out

  • Jeremy Sochan (knee) — Out

  • Doug McDermott (ankle) — Out

  • Devonte' Graham (adductor) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (injury management) — Available

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Injured

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Injured

Julian Champagnie, Blake Wesley, and Dominick Barlow should play extended minutes, and one will likely start if Johnson is ruled out. Collins (23.7%), Branham (23.6%), and Jones (20.8%) have posted heightened usage rates, while Jones has led the Spurs with a 35.6% assist rate with Johnson, Vassell, Sochan, and McDermott off the court since March 1st.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Lu Dort (shoulder) — Available

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (knee) — Out

  • Kenrich Williams (wrist) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

If Dort is sidelined, Isaiah Joe or Aaron Wiggins will likely start as both play extended minutes. However, coach Daigneault could utilize Jaylin Williams, Dario Saric, and potentially Jeremiah Robinson-Earl in that event to counter a larger Jazz frontline. Gilgeous-Alexander (+4.5%) and Jalen Williams (+2.5%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the team with Dort off the court this season.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Kris Dunn, Ochai Agbaji, Luka Samanic, Kelly Olynyk, Udoka Azubuike

  • Talen Horton-Tucker (ankle) — Out

  • Lauri Markkanen (hand) — Out

  • Jordan Clarkson (finger) — Out

  • Collin Sexton (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Rudy Gay (back) — Out

  • Walker Kessler (concussion) — Injured

Horton-Tucker and Olynyk will continue leading the facilitating effort, though Kris Dunn should assume a more significant sixth-man role sans Sexton. Horton-Tucker posted 34.8% usage in the five games Markkanen and Clarkson recently missed and should remain similarly featured. Olynyk, Agbaji, and Dunn could play heightened secondary scoring roles compared to those matches now that Sexton and Kessler are also inactive.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Christian Braun, Bruce Brown, Peyton Watson, DeAndre Jordan

  • Nikola Jokic (calf) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (thumb) — Out

  • Aaron Gordon (shoulder) — Out

  • Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) — Out

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (illness) — Out

  • Zeke Nnaji (knee) — Available

The Nuggets have clinched the top seed in the Western Conference and might not be incentivized to have Jokic and Murray play through injuries. Gordon (29.0%), Porter Jr. (27.4%), and Bruce Brown (24.7%) have led the Nuggets in usage, while Gordon (+16.2%) and Brown (+12.6%) have logged the highest assist rate differentials on the team with Jokic, Murray, and Bones Hyland off the court this season.

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • TJ Warren (illness) — Out