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Rudy Gobert    C  Jazz

 

 

Rudy Gobert (knee) is unlikely to play in Game 4 on Sunday. Sadly, this isn't a surprise for the Jazz and they'll continue to have to play Derrick Favors more minutes than they probably want to. Favors has looked gassed in the fourth quarter, playing 34.7 minutes per game in his last three. Jeff Withey has also been in the rotation and the Jazz do use Boris Diaw at the five. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles are also getting some added opportunity, and now the Jazz could go smaller a lot more now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out.

Tim MacMahon on Twitter

Apr 22 - 4:04 PM

Gerald Green    G  Celtics

 

 

Green is expected to remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 against Chicago, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

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Apr 22 - 3:34 PM

Kevin Durant    F  Warriors

 

 

Draymond Green said he's not expecting Kevin Durant (calf) to play in Game 4 on Saturday. There is some context here. "I approach every game like he’s not there and then, if he is, that’s great for us," Green said. "I think it’s a lot easier adjustment to make if he’s playing than if he’s not playing. It’s a totally different mindset." Durant also had an icepack on his calf after shootaround and he reportedly didn't do as much work as normal. In other words, Durant's questionable tag looks to be closer to doubtful than probable.

San Jose Mercury News

Apr 22 - 3:08 PM

Austin Rivers    G  Clippers

 

 

Rivers (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's Game 4 against the Jazz, Jazz radio voice David Locke reports.

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Apr 22 - 3:03 PM

Jusuf Nurkic    C  Trail Blazers

 

 

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has gone through non-contact portions of practice in the past two days. He is still doubtful to play and not going through contact isn't the best sign. Pain tolerance was expected to be the biggest hurdle for Nurkic, so it's possible he can play on Saturday. If he is a go, he'll almost certainly have a minutes cap.

Mike Richman on Twitter

Apr 22 - 3:00 PM

Jonas Valanciunas    C  Raptors

 

 

Norman Powell will indeed get the start and Jonas Valanciunas will come off the bench in Game 4 on Saturday. Today's starting lineup for the Raptors has not played together yet, so we're headed for a new frontier. Coach Dwane Casey is going to try to outscore the Bucks and live with Giannis Antetokounmpo having an advantage on the offensive side. JV's minutes may drop below 20 in this game, so he's a tough DFS player to trust.

Raptors on Twitter

Apr 22 - 2:55 PM

Austin Rivers    G  Clippers

 

 

Austin Rivers (hamstring) remains out for Game 4 on Sunday. The Clippers could've used him now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs. With Rivers out, the Clippers will use more small-ball lineups with Luc Mbah a Moute, Marreese Speights and Paul Pierce soaking up minutes at the four. We should see more Brandon Bass and three-guard lineups, as well.

Apr 22 - 2:51 PM

Jonas Valanciunas    C  Raptors

 

 

Valanciunas will shift to the bench for Saturday's Game 4 against Milwaukee, Michael Grange of Sportsnet reports.

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Apr 22 - 2:46 PM

Norman Powell    G  Raptors

 

 

Powell will move into the starting lineup for Saturday's Game 4 against Milwaukee, Michael Grange of Sportsnet reports.

RotoWire

Apr 22 - 2:45 PM

Norman Powell    G  Raptors

 

 

The Raptors are expected to start Norm Powell against the Bucks with Jonas Valanciunas coming off the bench for Game 4. It's not as surprising as the Gerald Green move, but Powell starting over Valanciunas is a surprise. The Raptors just can't have a first half like they did in Game 3, so that likely explains this offense-first approach. Powell hasn't done well in his starts when DeMar DeRozan is active, but he's still in play as a DFS punt.