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LeBron James, Marcus Smart, Tyrese Haliburton headline NBA injury report for Sunday, December 4

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Sunday, December 4 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

Los Angeles Lakers v Milwaukee Bucks
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Fiserv Forum on December 02, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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We’ve got eight games on Sunday’s NBA slate, with a lone nationally televised game on NBA TV. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.

NBA Injury Report: December 4

Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Michael Porter Jr. (heel) - OUT

With Porter Jr. out, Aaron Gordon continues to be a fine DFS play for Denver.

Herbert Jones (ankle) - OUT
Brandon Ingram (toe) - OUT

Trey Murphy might be the best value play, especially given the offense he’s playing in.

Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs

Chris Paul (heel) - OUT
Mikal Bridges (knee) - available

Update - Bridges is in for the Suns.

The Suns have coped well without Paul, leaning on Cam Payne and Devin Booker. If Bridges gets downgraded, Landry Shamet would be in line for more minutes.

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets

Marcus Smart (hip) - OUT

Update - Smart has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

If Smart gets ruled out, Derrick White likely takes on a bigger role and Payton Pritchard would be in the guard rotation.

Ben Simmons (knee) - OUT

This is the third game Simmons was set to miss, and we’ll likely get an update on his status Sunday.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Detroit Pistons

Steven Adams (hip) - OUT

Adams has been ruled out, so Brandon Clarke should be in the starting lineup and becomes a nice filler play.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks

Jarrett Allen (back) - OUT

With Allen out, Evan Mobley continues to be the primary big man for Cleveland.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Washington Wizards

Anthony Davis (back) - available
LeBron James (ankle) - available

Update - Davis and James are both in for the Lakers Sunday.

These are new injuries for both players, so both are worth monitoring. Davis seems likely to suit up and continue his hot play, while James might get an extra day to rest his ankle to avoid aggravation.

Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings

No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.

Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Tyrese Haliburton (groin) - OUT

Update - Haliburton will miss the next two games for the Pacers.

The Pacers have been a pleasant surprise this season with Haliburton leading the way. If he sits out, Bennedict Mathurin would be in line for more minutes.

Josh Hart (ankle) - available
Damian Lillard (calf) - available

Update - Both Hart and Lillard are in for the Blazers.

Update - Hart and Lillard are both listed as questionable. Lillard could make his return after aggravating a calf strain he suffered earlier in the season but we’ll see how the Blazers play this one.

Hart was listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game, so it seems unlikely he suits up here. Justise Winslow and Shaedon Sharpe should get more playing time if Hart is ruled out.