NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/5

Dec 5th 2023

Cooper Boni

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

  • LeBron James (calf) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — Available

  • Eric Gordon (knee) — In

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New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • Evan Fournier (illness) — Out

  • DaQuan Jeffries (illness) — Out

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Malik Beasley, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Andre Jackson Jr. (back) — Available

  • Pat Connaughton (ankle) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (adductor, abdomen) — Injured

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Eric Gordon, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Eric Gordon (knee) — In

  • Bradley Beal (back) — Injured

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

In the last game sans Gordon, Josh Okogie got a spot start but scored just three points in 25.9 minutes. The Suns still won the contest, primarily because of Booker's performance, as he led the team in points (34), rebounds (10), and assists (7). He'll now match up against a Lakers team that has allowed the seventh-most points per game (25.3) to opposing point guards. Booker wasn't available for either of the two meetings with the Lakers this season, and Phoenix lost both games.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Cam Reddish, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (calf) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — Available

  • Rui Hachimura (nose) — Available

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

James and Davis are once again seemingly procedural listings on the injury report, as there is no real fear that either is in danger of missing the contest. Hachimura was active in the last outing after a four-game absence but didn't receive any minutes. He mentioned that he ultimately wasn't ready to go after surgery forced him to miss around a week, but that he thinks he'll play in this contest. Vanderbilt made his season debut in that last outing and played 13.7 minutes, and he will continue to be eased into action as the season progresses.