NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 4/14

Apr 14th 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

  • Joel Embiid (injury recovery) — Out

  • Nikola Jokic (hip) — Available

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (eye) — Available

  • Stephen Curry (ankle) — Out

  • Anthony Edwards (illness) — In

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) — In

  • Paul George — Out

  • Brandon Ingram (knee) — In

  • James Harden (foot) — Out

  • Damian Lillard (adductor) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — Available

  • Draymond Green (knee) — Out

  • Klay Thompson (knee) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (foot) — In

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — Out

  • Michael Porter Jr. (illness) — Available

  • Jonathan Kuminga (pelvis) — Available

  • Chris Paul (hamstring) — Available

  • Brandon Miller (wrist) — Out

  • Darius Garland (back) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (knee) — Out

  • Cade Cunningham (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Duren (back) — Out

  • Clint Capela (rest) — Out

  • Miles Bridges (wrist) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (back) — Out

  • Scoot Henderson (hip) — Out

  • Jabari Walker (knee) — Out

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) — Available

  • Russell Westbrook — Out

  • Jordan Poole (illness) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (back) — Available

  • Nick Richards (foot) — Out

  • Duncan Robinson (back) — Out

  • Collin Sexton (illness) — Out

  • Ayo Dosunmu (quad) — Out

  • Grant Williams (ankle) — Out

  • Richaun Holmes (toe) — Out

  • Zach Collins (thumb) — In

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Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Deni Avdija, Corey Kispert, Johnny Davis, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Anthony Gill

  • Jordan Poole (illness) — Out

  • Richaun Holmes (toe) — Out

  • Tristan Vukcevic (ankle) — Out

  • Anthony Gill (knee) — Available

  • Kyle Kuzma (ankle) — Out

  • Tyus Jones (back) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (calf) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (knee) — Injured

  • Bilal Coulibaly (wrist) — Out for season

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Payton Pritchard, Svi Mykhailiuk, Sam Hauser, Jordan Walsh, Luke Kornet

  • Jayson Tatum (rest) — Out

  • Jaylen Brown (rest) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (knee) — Out

  • Derrick White (ankle) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (rest) — Out

  • Al Horford (rest) — Out

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Vasilije Micic, Tre Mann, Bryce McGowens, JT Thor, Marques Bolden

  • Brandon Miller (wrist) — Out

  • Miles Bridges (wrist) — Out

  • Nick Richards (foot) — Out

  • Grant Williams (ankle) — Out

  • Davis Bertans (Achilles) — Out

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out for season

  • Cody Martin (ankle) — Out for season

  • Seth Curry (ankle) — Out for season

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Craig Porter Jr., Isaac Okoro, Max Strus, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Darius Garland (back) — Out

  • Donovan Mitchell (injury management) — Out

  • Caris LeVert (knee) — Out

  • Sam Merrill (neck) — Out

  • Dean Wade (knee) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, De'Andre Hunter, Bruno Fernando

  • Clint Capela (rest) — Out

  • Wesley Matthews (hamstring) — Out

  • Seth Lundy (ankle) — Out

  • Jalen Johnson (ankle) — Injured

  • Onyeka Okongwu (toe) — Injured

  • Saddiq Bey (knee) — Out for season

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Aaron Nesmith, Pascal Siakam, Myles Turner

  • Obi Toppin (ankle) — Available

  • Isaiah Jackson (hamstring) — Available

  • Jalen Smith (ankle) — Available

  • Bennedict Mathurin (shoulder) — Out for season

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Javon Freeman-Liberty, Gary Trent Jr., Gradey Dick, Ochai Agbaji, Kelly Olynyk

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — Out

  • Immanuel Quickley (adductor) — Out

  • DJ Carton (ankle) — Out

  • Mo Gueye (thumb) — Out

  • Jontay Porter (personal) — Out

  • Scottie Barnes (hand) — Injured

  • Jakob Poeltl (finger) — Injured

  • Chris Boucher (knee) — Injured

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyler Herro, Caleb Martin, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo

  • Duncan Robinson (back) — Out

  • Terry Rozier (neck) — Out

  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) — Out for season

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Alex Caruso, Javonte Green, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic

  • DeMar DeRozan (rest) — Available

  • Nikola Vucevic (rest) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Ayo Dosunmu (quad) — Out

  • Javonte Green (rest) — Available

  • Onuralp Bitim (wrist) — Available

  • Andre Drummond (ankle) — Out

  • Julian Phillips (foot) — Injured

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Out for season

  • Patrick Williams (foot) — Out for season

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, OG Anunoby, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • Isaiah Hartenstein (injury management) — Available

  • Miles McBride (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Julius Randle (shoulder) — Out for season

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Patrick Beverley, Khris Middleton, Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez

  • Damian Lillard (adductor) — Available

  • MarJon Beauchamp (ankle) — Available

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo (hamstring) — Available

  • AJ Green (ankle) — Out

  • Jaylin Galloway (ankle) — Out

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) — Injured

The Bucks can finish as the second, third, or fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. They are currently the number two team in the East, and coach Rivers doesn't seem too concerned with where they ultimately finish in the standings. "The good news is, no matter what, we'll be at home for Game 1," Rivers said. Middleton was also nonchalant when asked about playoff seeding and potential opponents. "You're going to play somebody good in the playoffs no matter what," Middleton stated. "There is no easy path. We learned that in the past." Antetokoumpo will be sidelined again as he remains without a specific timeline for a return. Milwaukee has gone 4-4 this season without him.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Jonathan Isaac, Paolo Banchero

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (back) — Available

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Cam Thomas, Mikal Bridges, Trendon Watford, Noah Clowney, Nic Claxton

  • Cam Johnson (toe) — Out

  • Day'Ron Sharpe (wrist) — Out

  • Jaylen Martin (ankle) — Out

  • Dennis Schroder (Achilles) — Out for season

  • Dorian Finney-Smith (knee) — Out for season

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) — Out for season

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Out for season

  • Keita Bates-Diop (leg) — Out for season

  • Dariq Whitehead (shin) — Out for season

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Kyle Lowry, Kelly Oubre, Tobias Harris, Mo Bamba

  • Joel Embiid (injury recovery) — Out

  • KJ Martin (toe) — Out

  • De'Anthony Melton (injury recovery) — Out

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

With just one game remaining, the 76ers are still fighting to avoid the Play-In tournament. However, a win from them doesn't guarantee anything, as they'll also need help from other teams around the Eastern Conference. Embiid is uncertain to play after tweaking his previously injured knee in Friday's contest. He returned and started the second half of that last outing, and coach Nurse said the injury responded well at Saturday's practice. If Embiid were to be ruled out, Philadelphia would need their other key players, particularly Maxey, to step up on both ends of the floor against the Nets. The 76ers have gone 31-8 with Embiid available this season, but just 15-27 when he's been sidelined.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Nikola Jokic (hip) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (foot) — In

  • Michael Porter Jr. (illness) — Available

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) — Available

  • Zeke Nnaji (adductor) — Available

  • Reggie Jackson (calf) — Available

  • Collin Gillespie (knee) — Out

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

The Nuggets are currently the third seed in the Western Conference but still have a chance at moving up to first or second in the standings with losses from the Thunder, Wolves, or both. If Denver, Oklahoma City, and Minnesota all win, the Thunder would secure the one seed, while the Nuggets would be locked into the third spot. Because the opportunity to gain ground does exist, it's a bit puzzling that all five Denver starters (and their top bench player) landed on the injury report. It doesn't seem like a spot where coach Malone would rest his core guys, but if he thinks the most likely outcome is his team finishing as the three seed, he may believe they can benefit from a game off as the postseason approaches.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Scotty Pippen Jr., Jordan Goodwin, Jake LaRavia, GG Jackson, Trey Jemison

  • Scotty Pippen Jr. (eye) — Not on injury report

  • Luke Kennard (injury recovery) — Out

  • Santi Aldama (foot) — Out

  • Brandon Clarke (hand) — Out

  • John Konchar (foot) — Out

  • Lamar Stevens (groin) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (personal) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (back) — Injured

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (quad) — Injured

  • Marcus Smart (finger) — Injured

  • Vince Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Derrick Rose (back, groin) — Injured

  • Ziaire Williams (hip, back) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (shoulder) — Out for season

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Eric Gordon (migraine) — Out

  • Drew Eubanks (ankle) — Available

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Anthony Edwards (illness) — In

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) — In

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (eye) — Available

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) — Injured

  • Christian Wood (knee) — Injured

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (back) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Larry Nance Jr. (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Brandon Ingram (knee) — In

  • Naji Marshall (shoulder) — In

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jaden Hardy, Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, Olivier-Maxence Prosper, Dwight Powell

  • Luka Doncic (ankle) — Out

  • Kyrie Irving (hamstring) — Out

  • Daniel Gafford (elbow) — Out

  • PJ Washington (ankle) — Out

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (shoulder) — Out

  • Dante Exum (foot) — Out

  • Maxi Kleber (back) — Out

  • Greg Brown III (personal) — Out

  • Dereck Lively II (knee) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Josh Giddey (hip) — Not on injury report

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Sasser, Jaden Ivey, Troy Brown Jr., Chimezie Metu, James Wiseman

  • Cade Cunningham (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Duren (back) — Out

  • Simone Fontecchio (toe) — Out

  • Ausar Thompson (blood clot) — Out for season

  • Isaiah Stewart (hamstring) — Out for season

  • Quentin Grimes (knee) — Out for season

  • Stanley Umude (ankle) — Out for season

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Blake Wesley, Julian Champagnie, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Zach Collins

  • Zach Collins (thumb) — In

  • Victor Wembanyama (injury management) — Out

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Out

  • Cedi Osman (ankle) — Out

  • Malaki Branham (concussion protocol) — Out

  • Dominick Barlow (knee) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (foot) — Out for season

  • Jeremy Sochan (ankle) — Out for season

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Keyonte George, Johnny Juzang, Luka Samanic, Taylor Hendricks, Omer Yurtseven

  • Collin Sexton (illness) — Out

  • Jordan Clarkson (back) — Out

  • John Collins (back) — Out

  • Walker Kessler (nose) — Out

  • Kris Dunn (foot) — Out

  • Lauri Markkanen (shoulder) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, Trayce Jackson-Davis

  • Stephen Curry (ankle) — Out

  • Draymond Green (knee) — Out

  • Klay Thompson (knee) — Available

  • Jonathan Kuminga (pelvis) — Available

  • Chris Paul (hamstring) — Available

  • Gary Payton II (calf) — Out

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Amen Thompson, Jalen Green, Cam Whitmore, Jabari Smith Jr., Jock Landale

  • Fred VanVleet (hip) — Out

  • Dillon Brooks (adductor) — Out

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

  • Alperen Sengun (ankle, knee) — Out for season

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Out for season

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Xavier Moon, Terance Mann, Amir Coffey, PJ Tucker, Mason Plumlee

  • Paul George — Out

  • James Harden (foot) — Out

  • Russell Westbrook — Out

  • Bones Hyland (quad) — Out

  • Kawhi Leonard (knee) — Out

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dalano Banton, Rayan Rupert, Justin Minaya, Kris Murray, Moses Brown

  • Deandre Ayton (back) — Out

  • Scoot Henderson (hip) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (knee) — Out

  • Jabari Walker (knee) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (hamstring) — Out

  • Matisse Thybulle (ankle) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (elbow) — Injured

  • Shaedon Sharpe (core) — Out for season

  • Toumani Camara (rib, kidney) — Out for season

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Keon Ellis, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Trey Lyles (illness) — Available

  • Malik Monk (knee) — Injured

  • Kevin Huerter (shoulder) — Out for season

The Kings can secure the eighth seed in the Western Conference if they win, and the Lakers lose to the Pelicans. If Sacramento loses, they could finish as the ninth or 10th seed. Luckily, they're facing a Blazers team that is both injured and playing for nothing. Portland has gone 2-8 in its last 10 contests, losing by an average of 12.8 points per game. However, the Kings haven't looked great recently either, as they've lost five of their seven games this month.