NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 4/20

Apr 20th 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) — In

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Orlando Magic News

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

The Magic finished the season with a 47-35 record and drew the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs. Orlando won two of four meetings against Cleveland this year and will go into Game 1 with a clean bill of health. Look for Franz Wagner and Banchero to continue leading the way after averaging a combined 39.0 points per game against the Cavs during the regular season. The Magic will be playing their first postseason series since 2020.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Max Strus, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Sam Merrill (neck) — Not on injury report

  • Craig Porter Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Dean Wade (knee) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Kyle Lowry, Kelly Oubre, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid

  • Joel Embiid (injury recovery) — In

  • De'Anthony Melton (injury recovery) — Out

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

The 76ers will begin their first-round series against the Knicks, who they went 1-3 against during the regular season. Embiid was only available for one of those meetings, and he's uncertain to play in Saturday's game. Paul Reed and Mo Bamba will handle most of the minutes at center if Embiid is sidelined. Despite ruling Melton out for Game 1, coach Nurse wasn't comfortable ruling him out for an extended period. “I wouldn’t rule him out for the whole series just yet. The series is gonna be long, but he didn’t practice today and he’s not playing tomorrow.”

New York Knicks News

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

  • Julius Randle (shoulder) — Out for season

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • Cam Reddish (ankle) — Out

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) — Injured

  • Christian Wood (knee) — Injured

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (back) — Injured

The Lakers and Nuggets have a history dating back to last year's postseason. Now, they'll meet in the opening round of the 2024 playoffs. Denver has won eight consecutive games versus Los Angeles, but James isn't thinking about his team's recent history against the Nuggets. "I think you're putting a little bit too much emphasis on it," James said. "This is our first-round matchup. I mean, we're looking forward to the postseason. But I haven't been, like, looking forward to the rematch. The game is played how it's being played, and this is the matchup. So we're looking forward to that challenge."

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured