NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/30

Mar 30th 2024

Cooper Boni

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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (hamstring) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (ankle) — Available

  • Jalen Johnson (ankle) — Out

  • Santi Aldama (illness) — Out

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Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Al Horford (toe) — Not on injury report

  • Jaden Springer (knee) — Out

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Trey Murphy III, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Dyson Daniels (knee) — Available

  • Jose Alvarado (oblique) — Out

  • Brandon Ingram (knee) — Injured

Daniels hasn't played since the second week of February but is expected to return for the Pelicans' game against the Celtics. Before being sidelined, he was more involved than he had been in his rookie season. After averaging 17.7 minutes per contest last year, Daniels received 21.9 minutes per game this season before his injury occurred. New Orleans and Boston have been two of the league's best defensive teams this season, and the Pelicans will need to maintain that defensive success as the Celtics are scoring a league-high 122.9 points per game this month.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Scotty Pippen Jr., Luke Kennard, GG Jackson, Jake LaRavia, Jaren Jackson Jr.

  • Luke Kennard (personal) — In

  • John Konchar (heel) — Out

  • Santi Aldama (illness) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (back) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (personal) — Out

  • Marcus Smart (finger) — Injured

  • Vince Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Derrick Rose (back, groin) — Injured

  • Ziaire Williams (hip, back) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (shoulder) — Out for season

Coach Jenkins mentioned that Rose and Ziaire Williams are unlikely to return this season, adding to the long list of injury-related absences that Memphis has dealt with throughout the 2023-2024 campaign. The Grizzlies' depth will be tested against the Magic, who will be playing the second leg of a back-to-back set. Memphis has lost eight of its last 10 outings, posting the league's sixth-worst Net Rating (-10.7) in those games.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Caleb Houstan, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Markelle Fultz (injury maintenance) — Available

  • Jonathan Isaac (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Gary Harris (injury maintenance) — Out

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (hamstring) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (ankle) — Available

  • MarJon Beauchamp (back) — Available

  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) — Available

  • Damian Lillard (personal) — Out

The Bucks have gone 0-5 sans Lillard this season, averaging 11.5 fewer points per game in those outings. Antetokounmpo, if available, will likely garner more usage against the Hawks, as he's seen huge usage and production bumps in Lillard's absence this season. He's posted 33.0 points per contest on a team-high 39.0% usage in those games despite the Bucks going winless. Milwaukee will be tested against the Hawks, who are riding a four-game win streak, including two victories against the Celtics.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Dejounte Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Vit Krejci, De'Andre Hunter, Clint Capela

  • Jalen Johnson (ankle) — Out

  • Onyeka Okongwu (toe) — Out

  • Trae Young (finger) — Injured

  • Kobe Bufkin (toe) — Injured

  • AJ Griffin (ankle) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (knee) — Injured

  • Saddiq Bey (knee) — Out for season