NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/9

Dec 9th 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

  • Austin Reaves (illness) — Plans to play

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Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Andrew Nembhard (knee) — Out

  • Jalen Smith (knee, heel) — Injured

Haliburton recorded his third outing with at least 25 points, 15 assists, and no turnovers this season in the In-Season Tournament semifinals last game. No other player has done that more than once in their career since turnovers started being tracked in the 1977-1978 season. He and the Pacers have a matchup with the Lakers, who have held opponents to 112.0 points per contest but have given up the eighth-most points per game (24.8) to point guards, setting up nicely for Haliburton to find success once again.

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

  • Austin Reaves (illness) — Plans to play

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

James was the best player on the floor last game in an outing that his team won handily. He had a game-high 30 points and added eight assists despite only playing 23 minutes due to the lopsided score. The Lakers have the seventh best Defensive Rating in the league (110.3) and will now face a Pacers team with the league's top Offensive Rating (123.5). James had been listed as questionable before each of the last 13 games but played in every match, and his playing time hasn't been affected by his lingering ailment.