NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 4/16

Apr 16th 2024

Ryan Schwepfinger

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

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Available

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Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (back) — Available

  • Cam Reddish (ankle) — Out

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) — Injured

  • Christian Wood (knee) — Injured

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (back) — Injured

The first game of the Play-In Tournament is an exact rematch of a season finale we saw on Sunday, as the Lakers return to New Orleans to face the Pelicans in the 7-8 game. The winner of this contest earns the West's seventh seed and a matchup with the defending champion Nuggets in the first round. The Lakers went 3-1 against New Orleans in the regular season, with Sunday's win ensuring a 1-1 split at the Smoothie King Center.

While Davis is officially listed questionable, he emphatically said "there's no doubt" that he would play in this game following Sunday's tilt, when he landed awkwardly late in the win.

New Orleans Pelicans News

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

The Pelicans are at full health for their Play-In Tournament encounter with the Lakers. Brandon Ingram returned from a 12-game absence due to a knee injury to play Sunday's regular-season finale against the Lakers. He started and was limited at just 23 minutes. His minutes restriction will likely be increased for this game, per coach Green, but Trey Murphy III (32 minutes off the bench Sunday) will have an elevated role if Ingram is managed in any way.

Larry Nance Jr. also returned after a two-game absence for a personal matter and effectively iced Valanciunas, finishing at 31 minutes off the bench compared to Valanciunas' seven from the starting lineup. Expect a nine-man rotation from the Pelicans, with Jose Alvarado and Dyson Daniels also getting playing time as reserves.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Trayce Jackson-Davis

  • Gary Payton II (calf) — Out

Green and Jonathan Kuminga have been in and out of the lineup to conclude the regular season, but for each of the last two games when all three have been available, coach Kerr has started Green at the four and Trayce Jackson-Davis at center, electing to bring Kuminga off the bench. Jackson-Davis himself has started 11 straight games to end the campaign, and he should be considered the favorite to start against the Kings in the 9-10 game.

The winner of this clash advances to take on the loser of the Lakers-Pelicans clash, with that winner then earning the West's eighth seed.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Malik Monk (knee) — Injured

  • Kevin Huerter (shoulder) — Out for season

The Kings played the last nine games of the regular season without both the injured Monk and Huerter, finishing with a 4-5 record . However, in six games against playoff teams over that span, Sacramento went just 1-5, with the lone win coming against the Clippers on April 2. Domantas Sabonis, Keegan Murray, and De'Aaron Fox all played at least 34.6 minutes per game over that nine-game stretch, with Fox leading the way at 37.5 minutes per outing.

The Kings went 2-2 against Golden State over the course of the regular season, but their last meeting was all the way back on January 25.