NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 4/7

Apr 7th 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

  • Luka Doncic (injury recovery) — Available

  • LeBron James (foot) — In

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — In

  • Devin Booker (rest) — Out

  • Kevin Durant (injury management) — Out

  • Kyrie Irving (injury recovery) — Out

  • James Harden (injury recovery) — Out

  • Jaylen Brown (finger) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler (injury recovery) — Out

  • Bam Adebayo (quad) — Out

  • De'Aaron Fox (ankle) — Out

  • Domantas Sabonis (ankle) — Out

  • DeMar DeRozan (rest) — Out

  • Zach LaVine (rest) — Out

  • Paolo Banchero (back) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (quad) — Out

  • Tobias Harris (injury recovery) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Marcus Smart (neck) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — In

  • Chris Paul (rest) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (rest) — Out

  • Tyrese Maxey (neck) — Out

  • D'Angelo Russell (foot) — In

  • Myles Turner (ankle) — Out

  • RJ Barrett (illness) — Available

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Houston Rockets News

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

  • KJ Martin — Not on injury report

  • TyTy Washington (G League) — Out

  • Jae'Sean Tate (knee) — Injured

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Theo Maledon, Bryce McGowens, Svi Mykhailiuk, 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

  • Mark Williams (ankle) — In

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

Mykhailiuk has logged 23.4% usage and a 27.3% assist rate during the last two games. McGowens logged 19.7% usage in those matches, while Thor registered 14.2% usage and a 13.8% defensive rebound rate. Their responsibilities should remain stable, and the centers should continue playing more prominent offensive roles. However, Theo Maledon will be demoted to the bench, and James Bouknight will play reduced minutes if Smith Jr. returns to lead the facilitating effort.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, RJ Hampton, Jalen Duren, James Wiseman

  • Marvin Bagley (concussion) — Available

  • Isaiah Livers (ankle) — Out

  • Eugene Omoruyi (ankle) — Out

  • Alec Burks (foot) — Out

  • Rodney McGruder (foot) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — Injured

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Achilles) — Injured

  • Hamidou Diallo (ankle) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Bagley, Wiseman, and Jalen Duren could form a three-big-man rotation if Livers or Omoruyi are sidelined. RJ Hampton, Cory Joseph, and Jared Rhoden should play additional time in that event, with one starting if both are unavailable.

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) — Out

  • Myles Turner (ankle) — Out

  • TJ McConnell (hip) — Out

  • Jalen Smith (knee) — Out

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Out

Jackson should play increased minutes if Turner and Smith are sidelined; Turner was questionable for the last four games before being ruled out. Buddy Hield could direct more offense on the second unit, and Nembhard would be assured of maintaining lead facilitating responsibilities if McConnell is unavailable. Nembhard has posted +6.7% usage and +20.9% assist rate differentials with Haliburton and McConnell off the court this season.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Duncan Robinson Haywood Highsmith, Cody Zeller

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler (injury recovery) — Out

  • Bam Adebayo (quad) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (quad) — Out

  • Max Strus (finger) — In

  • Kevin Love (rib) — Out

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Out

The Heat are still technically incentivized to win because they can earn the sixth seed if they win their last two games while Brooklyn loses their last two matches. However, the Nets will face a Magic team that has ruled out their starters for the second game of a back-to-back set before they face a 76ers team with no incentive to win Sunday. If the Heat opt to rest the core of their rotation, Victor Oladipo would likely play a featured offensive role for extended minutes.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Delon Wright, Johnny Davis, Corey Kispert, Anthony Gill, Daniel Gafford

  • Bradley Beal (knee) — Out

  • Kyle Kuzma (ankle) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (illness) — Out

  • Deni Avdija (elbow) — Out

  • Monte Morris (ankle) — Out

  • Delon Wright (illness) — Not on injury report

Kispert (22.3%) and Davis (21.8%) recorded elevated usage rates during the last three games, and their roles should be largely unaffected by Wright rejoining the lineup. Jordan Goodwin should be demoted to the bench while Kendrick Nunn and Quenton Jackson also play reduced time. Additionally, Jay Huff posted 14.6% usage and an 18.8% defensive rebound rate while averaging 28.2 minutes during the last two matches and could continue playing similar minutes.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Shake Milton, Jaden Springer, Jalen McDaniels, Georges Niang, Paul Reed

  • Joel Embiid (rest) — Out

  • James Harden (injury recovery) — Out

  • PJ Tucker (calf) — Out

  • Tyrese Maxey (neck) — Out

  • Tobias Harris (injury recovery) — Out

  • Jaden Springer (ankle) — Available

  • De'Anthony Melton (calf) — Out

Dewayne Dedmon started but played 10.3 minutes, Reed logged 16.8 minutes, and Tucker completed a three-center rotation when Embiid was sidelined last week. Harden, Maxey, and Harris will play elevated roles if they suit up against the Hawks. Shake Milton, Jalen McDaniels, and, if available, Melton could become central to Philadelphia's offense if Maxey, Harris, and Harden join Embiid on the inactive list.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • De'Andre Hunter (knee) — Available

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (injury management) — Not on injury report

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Jeff Dowtin (two-way) — Ineligible

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Siakam led the team with 28 points on 10-for-17 shooting, but the Raptors mustered just 93 points in their 97-93 road loss to the Celtics on Wednesday. VanVleet shot one-for-12 from three, and Toronto shot six-for-33 (18.2%) from downtown as a team. The dynamic of Boston's defense could be altered if Derrick White (ankle, questionable) and Marcus Smart (neck, questionable) are ruled out, but Toronto could remain reliant on Siakam generating offense.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Derrick White, Sam Hauser, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams

  • Jayson Tatum (hip) — Not on injury report

  • Jaylen Brown (finger) — Out

  • Marcus Smart (neck) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (back) — Out

  • Derrick White (ankle) — In

  • Al Horford (back) — Not on injury report

  • Payton Pritchard (heel) — Available

  • Justin Champagnie (signee) — Available

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Smart, White, or Brogdon could assume additional facilitating responsibilities with Tatum and Brown if they play while the other guards are sidelined. After previously facing a strict minute restriction, Robert Williams started and played 31.3 minutes Wednesday. Williams could start in an effort to ramp up his activity before the playoffs, and he should be assured of getting the starting nod if Smart or White are ruled out.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Goga Bitadze

  • Paulo Banchero (back) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — In

  • Franz Wagner (ankle) — In

  • Gary Harris (adductor) — Available

  • Moe Wagner (ankle) — Out

  • Jonathan Isaac (adductor) — Injured

The lineup should be largely static to when the starters were all sidelined for Orlando's 118-94 loss to Cleveland's reserves Thursday, especially if Cole Anthony is a DNP-CD for a second straight game. The difference will be that Moe Wagner started in that contest, and Bitadze or Admiral Schofield should join the starting lineup. Suggs played the most prominent role on the starting unit, scoring 22 points on seven-for-15 shooting and leading the team with four assists. Bol scored 18 points on six-for-15 shooting as he was also featured in the scoring effort.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Dorian Finney-Smith (wrist) — Available

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

There is a good chance for a blowout in this match. The Nets need to win one of their final two games, or the Heat need to lose one of their last two matches for Brooklyn to avoid the Play-In Tournament. Conversely, the Magic will rest their starters for a second straight game after losing to the bottom half of Cleveland's roster by a score of 118-94.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Luke Kennard, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr.

  • Ja Morant (hip) — Not on injury report

  • Xavier Tillman (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Luke Kennard (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Santi Aldama (elbow) — Out

  • Jake LaRavia (calf) — Out

  • Ziaire Williams (foot, ankle) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Lindell Wigginton, AJ Green, MarJon Beauchamp, Jae Crowder, Meyers Leonard

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (rest) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Out

  • Brook Lopez (rest) — Out

  • Pat Connaughton (ankle) — Out

  • Grayson Allen (ankle) — Injured

Carter (+9.2%), Portis (+7.3%), and Beauchamp (+6.8%) have registered positive usage differentials, while Joe Ingles (+15.3%) and Carter (+9.7%) have recorded significant assist rate differentials with Antetokounmpo, Holiday, Middleton, and Lopez off the court this season. Beauchamp, AJ Green, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, and Lindell Wigginton could play additional time if coach Budenholzer doesn't want to play veterans for extended minutes.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • Jalen Brunson (injury maintenance) — Out

  • RJ Barrett (illness) — Available

  • Mitchell Robinson (rest) — Out

  • Duane Washington Jr. (hip) — Out

  • DaQuan Jeffries (calf) — Out

  • Julius Randle (ankle) — Injured

Though a matchup against a Pelicans team that posted the second-best defensive rating (107.3) during their last 10 games will be challenging, the dynamic from Wednesday's game will persist if Barrett remains out. Quickley, Grimes, and Toppin scored at least 32 points and attempted 18 or more field goals as they were featured in the offensive effort. Alternatively, Barrett could return to assume an expanded role: Barrett has logged +4.9% usage and +2.2% assist rate differentials with Brunson and Randle off the court this season.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

  • Jose Alvarado (leg) — Injured

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Coby White, Alex Caruso, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • DeMar DeRozan (rest) — Out

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — Out

  • Patrick Beverley (rest) — Out

  • Nikola Vucevic (rest) — Not on injury report

  • Alex Caruso (injury management) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

DeRozan and LaVine being ruled out would provide additional opportunities, and Vucevic not playing his typical workload could as well. Vucevic has played all 80 games this season and appears to value keeping that streak intact, but Andre Drummond could man the center position for the majority of the game if Vucevic doesn't play after the first half. Drummond (29.2%), White (20.3%), Dosunmu (19.9%), and Williams (19.9%) have posted elevated usage rates with Vucevic, LaVine, and DeRozan off the court this season.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Frank Ntilikina, Jaden Hardy, Reggie Bullock, Dwight Powell

  • Luka Doncic (injury recovery) — Available

  • Kyrie Irving (injury recovery) — Out

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Maxi Kleber (injury recovery) — Out

  • Josh Green (rest) — Out

  • Christian Wood (rest) — Out

  • JaVale McGee (ankle) — Available

If confirmed available, Doncic will be increasingly featured in the offensive effort. Hardy will assume an expanded role as his shot-creation ability is valued, and he should be central to the offensive effort when he's on the floor without Doncic.

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Klay Thompson (back) — Not on injury report

  • Andrew Wiggins (personal) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (wrist) — Injured

  • Ryan Rollins (foot) — Injured

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: Davion Mitchell, Terence Davis, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Alex Len

  • De'Aaron Fox (ankle) — Out

  • Domantas Sabonis (ankle) — Out

  • Kevin Huerter (injury management) — Out

  • Keegan Murray (foot) — In

  • Malik Monk (leg) — Out

  • Davion Mitchell (knee) — In

  • Trey Lyles (shoulder) — In

  • Matthew Dellavedova (finger) — Injured

Keon Ellis, Chimezie Metu, Richaun Holmes, and Neemias Queta are the Kings not on the injury report or in their projected lineup. Barnes has played all 80 games this season and could be incentivized to start but not finish the remainder of the game if the rest of the rotation is given a day to recover. Davis will likely be featured in the offense and play extended minutes along with Dozier, Edwards, and Ellis with most of Sacramento's available players being big men in that event.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Cam Payne, Landry Shamet, Josh Okogie, Torrey Craig, Bismack Biyombo

  • Devin Booker (rest) — Out

  • Kevin Durant (injury management) — Out

  • Chris Paul (rest) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (rest) — Out

  • TJ Warren (illness) — Out

Payne (32.1%), Terrence Ross (28.0%), and Shamet (24.5%) have led the Suns in usage, while Payne has led the team with a 46.7% assist rate with Booker, Paul, Ayton, Durant, Duane Washington Jr., Mikal Bridges, and Cam Johnson off the court this season.

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • LeBron James (foot) — In

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — In

  • D'Angelo Russell (foot) — In

  • Dennis Schroder (neck) — Out

Davis said, "I’ve been better, but I’ll be fine,” after he and James played on zero days of rest Wednesday, but there haven't been any reported setbacks. The Lakers are still actively seeking to avoid the Play-In Tournament, but James or Davis could be sidelined if the Suns rule their key players out. Rui Hachimura, Wenyen Gabriel, and Mo Bamba could play increased minutes if Davis is unavailable; Troy Brown Jr. should start if James is sidelined.