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Anthony Davis will play Thursday vs. Bucks [UPDATE]

Well that was quick. The Lakers will have AD for a big matchup in Milwaukee.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis is defended by Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter in the second half at State Farm Arena. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Well that was fast ... AD will play against the Bucks.

With this news, Dudley should go back to the bench and the Lakers will have their normal starting lineup in a huge matchup between the two top teams in the NBA. This means the Lakers line at 4.5 is very appealing unless AD is going to be held back, but I can’t imagine that will be the case. I think he’s fine to roll out in all formats. I wouldn’t really want to play Howard of McGee in DFS with the AD news.

UPDATE: Davis is a game-time decision for Thursday night vs. the Bucks, per coach Frank Vogel.

So we’ll have to wait and see on AD but we do know Kuzma is out. Rondo should also be able to play. If Davis comes back, it’s a downgrade to Jared Dudley and Dwight Howard. It’d also impact the betting lines on DK Sportsbook a bit. Right now the Bucks are favored by 4.5 points, but I imagine things could get closer if AD is going to play. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Davis is officially listed as questionable for Thursday’s game vs. the Bucks. Rajon Rondo (hamstring) is probable while Kyle Kuzma remains out.

UPDATE #5: Davis is “hopeful” to return to the lineup Thursday night for a big matchup vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.

AD said this himself, so it’s hard to take it as concrete. He’ll likely still be listed as questionable heading into Thursday, but we’ll find that out on the 5:30 p.m. ET injury report later Wednesday. If that’s the case, we’ll have to wait and see. JaVale McGee, Dwight Howard and Jared Dudley would continue to eat up front court minutes if AD is out again.

UPDATE #4: Dudley will start in place of AD tonight, so he’s a decent value as I alluded to below. Don’t expect much, but he should see at least 20 minutes in a competitive game.

UPDATE #3: Well that was fast. Instead of being a game-time call, the Lakers have ruled AD out for Tuesday night’s game at Indiana.

SO with AD out and Kyle Kuzma also not expected to play, we should see a ton of JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard tonight against the Pacers. McGee is a great GPP and cash-game value play on DraftKings at $3,900. He’ll likely be very highly owned. Howard is more of a GPP pivot at $4,000. If you’re crazy and want the savings, Jared Dudley could play a decent amount (15-20 minutes), but doesn’t have much upside. LeBron James on the otherhand is now the top tournament play at $10,900 in my eyes.

UPDATE #2: Davis is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

UPDATE: Davis is officially being listed as questionable to play Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

Los Angeles Lakers power forward Anthony Davis is “trying to play” in Tuesday’s game vs. the Indiana Pacers, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

Davis rolled his ankle late in Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Hawks and was noticeably limping the rest of the game. His status is up in the air for tomorrow, plus he’s been dealing with a shoulder issue for what seems like the past month now.

Fantasy Basketball Analysis: Los Angeles Lakers PF Anthony Davis

If Davis were to miss Tuesday’s game, LeBron James is the clear way to pivot in DFS. Depending on his price, LeBron would be considered a top cash-game play and still viable in GPPs despite the potential for high ownership. Outside of that, it’s not so clear. Kyle Kuzma has been out, otherwise he’d probably slide into the starting lineup at PF. If Davis and Kuz are out, we’d likely see more Dwight Howard or the Lakers would opt for smaller lineups with LeBron at PF and three guards.