NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/7

Dec 7th 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) — In

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — In

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Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Bruce Brown, Buddy Hield, Obi Toppin, Myles Turner

  • Jalen Smith (knee, heel) — Injured

The Pacers' 123.6 Offensive Rating is the league's highest. They've been even better recently, made apparent by their rating of 126.6 over the last five games. They'll face a Bucks team that has taken a step back defensively. Last season, Milwaukee's 110.9 Defensive Rating ranked fourth-best league-wide, but their rating of 115.3 this season is in the league's bottom ten. The Pacers won and scored 126 points the last time these teams met.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Pat Connaughton (ankle) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (adductor, abdomen) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Matt Ryan (elbow) — Out

  • Larry Nance Jr. (rib) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

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

  • LeBron James (calf) — In

  • Anthony Davis (adductor, hip) — In

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

James and Davis combined for 58 points on 51 field goal attempts in the previous contest as the Lakers won their second consecutive game. Davis led the team in rebounding as he'd done the last nine outings. They'll now face the Pelicans for the first time this season after winning three of four games against them last season. Zion Williamson has found success against the Lakers throughout his career, averaging 27.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest through five games against them.