NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 4/22

Apr 22nd 2024

Jay Persson

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

  • Tyrese Maxey (illness) — In

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Orlando Magic News

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

The Magic will look to bounce back on Monday after a disappointing performance in Game 1 on Saturday. In the double-digit loss, the team shot just 32.6% from the field while missing 11 of 30 free throws.

Jonathan Isaac remained in the starting lineup ahead of Wendell Carter Jr. after starting in the final game of the regular season. Coach Mosley utilized a 10-man rotation with each player logging double-digit minutes. Carter Jr. logged just 15 minutes in the second unit.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

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

  • Craig Porter Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Dean Wade (knee) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Joel Embiid (injury recovery) — In

  • Tyrese Maxey (illness) — In

  • De'Anthony Melton (injury recovery) — Out

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

Embiid remains on the injury report due to left knee injury recovery. He was grabbing at his knee in the first half of Saturday's loss after throwing an alley-oop to himself off the backboard. He was able to start the second half and ended up playing 37 minutes.

Coach Nurse said Embiid felt "pretty good" on Sunday. He also revealed that it's possible he'll play Embiid and Paul Reed together in the frontcourt to combat the Knicks' rebounding. The Sixers will need a healthy Embiid to tie up the series on Monday, but the big uncertainty is how long his knee will hold up during the remainder of the postseason.

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

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured