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Report: LeBron James, Anthony Davis will play on Christmas Day vs. Clippers [UPDATE]

Lakers will have both superstars in lineup for Battle of Los Angeles on Christmas Day at Staples Center.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after a foul call in the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum.  Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Well, we just got confirmation on LeBron and AD. Both are available to play, per coach Frank Vogel.

UPDATE: We still haven’t gotten official word on whether LeBron and AD will play, but as of now there’s not reason to think they won’t play. Both weren’t listed on the 5:30 injury update. Keep an eye out, but I think we’re good on AD and LeBron playing.

UPDATE: James and Davis are both expected to play on Christmas Day against the Clippers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday.

So with that news, we don’t have to worry much about tomorrow’s Christmas slate and whether or not to play both James and Davis. If they’re going to give it a go, both will start and shouldn’t be held back much. I think both are viable tournament options and are good to go in Showdown on DraftKings.

UPDATE, Dec. 23: Both James (rib) and Davis (knee) are listed as questionable to play on Christmas Day vs. the Los Angeles Clippers.

This is bad news for the NBA and the Lakers. This is a huge game against the rival Clippers and Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on the biggest regular-season slate of the year on Christmas.

If both AD and LeBron sit, the Lakers are in a very tough spot. Rondo would likely start again and I imagine Kyle Kuzma will get into the lineup in place of AD. There would be a lot of value open on the Lakers, so we’ll have to keep an eye on this situation the next few days.

UPDATE: Rondo will start in place of James for Sunday’s game vs. the Nuggets.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James (back) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. the Denver Nuggets. Anthony Davis will play.

This will be James’ first missed game of the season. Davis and Kyle Kuzma will be available to play, so there’s a chance that Kuzma will start in place of LeBron. For now, we don’t know who will start, but it also could be Rajon Rondo or even Jared Dudley. As for who will benefit, obviously AD is in a pretty good spot with no LeBron. He should get more touches and have a higher usage rate. Kuzma and Rondo are also benefactors with King James sidelined.