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LeBron James
LeBron James (ankle) probable Tuesday vs. Pelicans
Mon, Apr 15, 2024, 11:44 AM
NBA injury report
LeBron James (left ankle peroneal tendinopathy) is listed as probable for Tuesday's Lakers-Pelicans play-in contest.
Analysis: James is likely to play after finishing off the regular season with a triple-double. There's no reason to believe he won't be active in an important game that could drastically affect the Lakers' playoff outlook.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis (back) questionable Tuesday vs. NOP
Mon, Apr 15, 2024, 11:39 AM
NBA injury report
Anthony Davis (back spasms) is questionable for the Lakers' Tuesday play-in game matchup with the Pelicans.
Analysis: Davis logged 30 points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes in a dominant win over the Pelicans on Sunday. However, the oft-injured big man is a question mark for his team's huge play-in game on Tuesday. Los Angeles will have to lean on Rui Hachimura and Jaxson Hayes more than usual if the star center sits.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis dominates former team in blowout win
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 12:46 PM
Anthony Davis put up 30 points in the Lakers' 124-108 win over the Pelicans, adding 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals across 33 minutes.
Analysis: Davis was a monster in this one, doing it all on both ends of the court. The only knock on this performance was a lack of blocks, though he finished behind only Victor Wembanyama, Walker Kessler and Brook Lopez in that category, so we'll cut him some slack here. AD has been hit with the “injury-prone” label too many times in his career, but he appeared in a career-high 76 games this season to silence the haters and show that he doesn't have glass bones and paper skin. Davis finished the 2023-24 campaign with averages of 24.7 points, 12.6 boards (career high), 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.3 blocks. He was the fourth-ranked player in per-game value and third-ranked player in totals. Davis finished as a top-5 per-game player for the ninth time in 12 seasons, and as a top-5 totals player for the sixth time. He'll surely be a first-round pick in 2024-25 fantasy drafts.
LeBron James
LeBron James ends 21st season w/ triple-double
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 12:33 PM
LeBron James finished Sunday's blowout win over New Orleans with 28 points, 11 rebounds, 17 assists, five steals and a block across 38 minutes.
Analysis: James ended the season with a statement win over New Orleans to secure the No. 8 seed for his team and knock New Orleans back to the No. 7 seed. As a result of the victory, the Lakers will face the Pelicans again on Tuesday with a trip to the playoffs on the line. James posted the 122nd triple-double of his career, becoming the second-oldest player to achieve that feat at 39 years and 106 days old. King James was spectacular in his 21st season, showing that age really is just a number. He averaged 25.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists, and no other player in NBA history has reached those statistical milestones after their 10th season. James surpassed 40,000 career points this season and appeared in his 20th All-Star game, and he looks like he's still got at least a couple of seasons left in the tank. His real-life performance was phenomenal, but his fantasy production was equally impressive. James provided top-20 per-game fantasy value, and he appeared in 71 games - his most since joining the Lakers. It's hard to keep coming up with superlatives for James, a man who's reached unprecedented territory in terms of longevity and sustained success.
LeBron James
LeBron James, Anthony Davis available vs. Pelicans
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 8:54 AM
Khobi Price on X
LeBron James (left ankle peroneal tendinopathy) and Anthony Davis (left eye contusion) will play against New Orleans on Sunday.
Analysis: Both of LA's stars were listed as probable, but they were never actually going to miss this game. A loss could potentially drop them to 10th in the West, while a win will lock them in as the 8th seed.
LeBron James
LeBron James, Anthony Davis probable Sunday
Sat, Apr 13, 2024, 12:59 PM
NBA Injury Report
LeBron James (left ankle peroneal tendinopathy) and Anthony Davis (left eye contusion) are probable for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.
Analysis: The Lakers can finish anywhere from eighth to tenth in the Western Conference standings, so there's a lot on the line for them on Sunday. With New Orleans playing for the 6-seed, the Pelicans will also play all their available stars. James and Davis are probable on the initial injury report and should be available. If they sit, Spencer Dinwiddie (LeBron) and Jaxson Hayes (AD) would be the replacements in the starting lineup.
LeBron James
LeBron James scores 37 with 10 rebounds Friday
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 5:21 PM
LeBron James finished Friday's win over Memphis with 37 points (13-of-20 FGs, 8-of-11 FTs), 10 rebounds, five assists, and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.
Analysis: The lone issue for James was the turnover count, as he was responsible for eight on the night. That matched his season-high, which he previously hit on two other occasions. However, he's recorded a double-double in three straight games, scoring 30 or more in the last two. The Lakers can't escape the Play-In tournament, but Friday's victory kept them alive in the race for the 8-seed. LeBron and company visit the Pelicans on Sunday in their final game of the regular season.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis posts 36/14/5/1/2 line vs. Grizzlies
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 5:16 PM
Anthony Davis logged 43 minutes in Friday's 123-120 win over Memphis, accounting for 36 points (11-of-22 FGs, 13-of-17 FTs), 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks, and one 3-pointer.
Analysis: Active after sitting out Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, Davis made up for lost time by posting a robust stat line in Memphis. The 30-point double-double was his second in four appearances, and he's recorded a double-double in ten of his last 11. The victory keeps the Lakers in the race for the 8-seed, as they need to finish a game ahead of the Kings due to the head-to-head tiebreaker. Look for Davis to take on a heavy workload when the Lakers end their regular season on Sunday against the Pelicans.
LeBron James
LeBron James, Anthony Davis active Friday
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 1:20 PM
NBA injury report
LeBron James (left ankle peroneal tedinopathy) and Anthony Davis (left eye contusion) will play for the Lakers against the Grizzlies on Friday.
Analysis: The Lakers' usual starters are good to go ahead of the weekend. James and Davis have missed one game apiece this week but will likely handle full workloads against the Grizzlies.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis probable, LeBron questionable Friday
Thu, Apr 11, 2024, 12:44 PM
NBA Injury Report
Anthony Davis (left eye contusion) is probable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies, while LeBron James (left ankle peroneal tendinopathy) is questionable.
Analysis: Davis is on track to play after sitting out Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, which would push Jaxson Hayes to the bench. As for LeBron, he has been upgraded from questionable to available in the past, and whether or not that happens Friday may depend on the stakes. Spencer Dinwiddie will move into the starting lineup if he cannot play.
LeBron James
LeBron James drops 33, but Dubs come away w/ win
Tue, Apr 9, 2024, 11:24 PM
LeBron James accumulated 33 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and a three-pointer across 36 minutes in Tuesday's loss to Golden State.
Analysis: James sat out Sunday against the Timberwolves due to an illness, but he returned after just one game on the shelf to deliver a strong performance against Golden State. The veteran averaged 25.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 12 games before sitting out Sunday, and he picked up right where he left off on Tuesday. James will face the Pelicans and Grizzlies to close out the 2023-24 regular season, and he'll look to keep up the strong play in those two outings.
Rui Hachimura
Rui Hachimura scores 20 on 21 shots in loss
Tue, Apr 9, 2024, 6:30 PM
Rui Hachimura accounted for 20 points on 7-of-21 shooting, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal, two blocks and two three-pointers across 31 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.
Analysis: Hachimura continued his recent surge on offense, though it took a highly inefficient and voluminous shooting performance to get there. He came into this one sporting averages of 19.0 points, 7.0 boards and 1.9 triples over his last eight games, though his defensive numbers have been nearly non-existent in that span. For that reason, his well-rounded line with three stocks was a welcomed sight. Hachimura has provided top-60 fantasy value over the last three weeks, coming through for fantasy managers when they needed him the most.
LeBron James
LeBron James (illness) cleared to play vs. GSW
Tue, Apr 9, 2024, 3:21 PM
Dave McMenamin on X
LeBron James (flu-like symptoms) will play against the Warriors on Tuesday.
Analysis: LeBron missed their last game and still hadn't arrived to the arena for this game just two hours before it was schedule to tip off. However, with Anthony Davis sidelined, James will attempt to put the team on his back to help the Lakers maintain their advantage over the Warriors in the standings. Spencer Dinwiddie started in his place in their last game, but he should return to playing a role off the bench.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis (headache) ruled out vs. Warriors
Tue, Apr 9, 2024, 2:23 PM
Chris Mannix on X
Anthony Davis (headache, nausea) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Warriors.
Analysis: AD exited early from their last game due to an issue with his left eye, but it appears that it has escalated a bit. Jaxson Hayes should start at center after having 19 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and a block in 33 minutes against Minnesota on Sunday.
Gabe Vincent
Gabe Vincent (knee) off injury report vs. Warriors
Mon, Apr 8, 2024, 1:58 PM
Mike Trudell on X
Gabe Vincent (left knee injury management) is not on the injury report for Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors.
Analysis: After missing most of the season, Vincent will be able to play for the fourth time in their last six games after sitting out on Sunday. He has played around 14 minutes per game since his return, and while he will likely see a similar role, he has provided virtually no value in fantasy basketball. He shouldn't be considered as a streaming option.
LeBron James
LeBron James, Anthony Davis questionable vs. GSW
Mon, Apr 8, 2024, 1:56 PM
Mike Trudell on X
LeBron James (flu-like symptoms) and Anthony Davis (left eye soreness) are questionable to play against the Warriors on Tuesday.
Analysis: LeBron missed Sunday's game against Minnesota, while AD exited early with this eye issue. While both stars are questionable to play in this game, it would be surprising if either sat out, given how important this game is for the standings out West. Just in case, Spencer Dinwiddie started in place of LeBron on Sunday, while Jaxson Hayes took on extra minutes after AD's departure.
Jaxson Hayes
Jaxson Hayes records double-double in 33 minutes
Sun, Apr 7, 2024, 6:11 PM
Dave McMenamin on Twitter
Jaxson Hayes shot 8-of-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from the foul line in Sunday's 127-117 loss to the Timberwolves, tallying 19 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, and one blocked shot in 33 minutes.
Analysis: The Lakers lost Anthony Davis after the first quarter of Sunday's loss after he suffered a left eye injury, resulting in extended minutes for Hayes. He took advantage of the opportunity, recording his first double-double since February 1 against the Celtics. Hayes was also responsible for a career-high five steals; the six “stocks” were the most for him in a game this season. With Davis expected to be available for Tuesday's game against the Warriors, Hayes' chances of duplicating Sunday's performance are slim.
Rui Hachimura
Rui Hachimura scores team-high 30 points in defeat
Sun, Apr 7, 2024, 5:58 PM
Rui Hachimura played 36 minutes in Sunday's loss to Minnesota, tallying 30 points (11-of-17 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), six rebounds, one assist, and four 3-pointers.
Analysis: With LeBron James (illness) sidelined and Anthony Davis (eye) not returning after the first quarter, the stage was set for Hachimura to have a big night. He did, hitting the 30-point mark for the second time in seven games. Rostered in 58% of Yahoo leagues, Hachimura provided 8th-round per-game value in 9-cat formats over the last month. Although Davis and James are expected to be available on Tuesday, Hachimura is worth a look among standard-league managers needing a frontcourt player who will log starters' minutes.
Spencer Dinwiddie
Spencer Dinwiddie posts 18/5/7 line vs. Minnesota
Sun, Apr 7, 2024, 5:51 PM
Spencer Dinwiddie amassed 18 points (4-of-7 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), five rebounds, seven assists, and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes in Sunday's 127-117 loss to the Timberwolves.
Analysis: Dinwiddie started Sunday's game due to the absence of LeBron James, who did not play due to flu-like symptoms. Unlike the first two times he started for James, both of the Lakers' games against Milwaukee, Dinwiddie was productive playing alongside D'Angelo Russell. Anthony Davis (eye) exiting after playing 12 minutes was also a factor, but fantasy managers may have gotten a little more than they expected from Dinwiddie. With Davis expected to play on Tuesday and LeBron likely back as well, Dinwiddie in a reserve role isn't a good option for fantasy managers whose leagues will still be active.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis (eye) will not return Sunday vs. MIN
Sun, Apr 7, 2024, 4:22 PM
Mike Trudell on Twitter
Anthony Davis (left eye injury) has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Timberwolves.
Analysis: Davis took a hit to the eye while completing a dunk during the first half of Sunday's game, exiting and heading back to the locker room shortly after that. The left eye is the same one he injured during a March 16 game against the Warriors, but Davis did play in the next game two nights later. Jaxson Hayes started the third quarter and will take on the starting center responsibilities if Davis misses time.

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