UPDATE: Jan. 13, 8:52 p.m. — LeBron is available to play vs. the Cavaliers.
Avery Bradley and LeBron James are both available to play tonight. Anthony Davis remains out. Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo got hurt Saturday at OKC, and had an MRI that revealed a non-displaced plate avulsion fracture of the right ring finger. He’s out tonight and then day-to-day.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 14, 2020
Rajon Rondo and Anthony Davis are out, while Avery Bradley is also available to play. LeBron is in a revenge spot and with no AD he will be a very popular GPP play on this slate.
UPDATE: Jan. 12, 9:12 p.m. — LeBron is not listed on the injury report for Monday vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers and is expected to play. Davis and Rajon Rondo are questionable.
LeBron James is not listed on the Lakers injury report for tomorrow vs. Cleveland. Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo are both questionable.— Bill Oram (@billoram) January 13, 2020
With LeBron back, Rondo would go to the bench if he’s able to play. If AD and Rondo are both out, and Danny Green plays, the backcourt would likely be Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope again. Kuzma would continue to start for Davis.
James is reportedly dealing with a cold and isn’t expected to play tonight. Anthony Davis sat out Friday vs. the Mavericks and he isn’t expected to play either. So with both stars down for the Lakers, there will be a TON of usage to go around the rest of the lineup. I’d imagine Kyle Kuzma will be set for a big role and he’s a top DFS option now. Rajon Rondo could start in place of James and see a lot of time as the primary ball handler, while Dwight Howard will also pick up slack in the frontcourt.
Danny Green has also been ruled out, so between Green, LeBron and AD, the Lakers are potentially missing three starters. Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope should start in the backcourt, with JaVale McGee, Kuzma and Jared Dudley starting in the frontcourt. Dudley probably doesn’t see too much playing time, plus Rondo should also see a decent amount of run.