Friday update: James will play Friday against the Sixers.
Thursday update: James is listed as probable for Friday’s game, so he should return against the 76ers.
We are getting an early look at the injury report for Wednesday’s NBA games. The Los Angeles Lakers are on the road to take on the Toronto Raptors. They will be doing so without star LeBron James, who has already been ruled out with left ankle soreness. The Lakers did just play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, making this the second game in a back-to-back. James previously battled a groin injury before picking up the ankle issue over the weekend. This is his first back-to-back on the schedule with this injury, so the Lakers are playing it safe.
Injury report for tonight in Toronto:— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 7, 2022
Davis: out (non-Covid illness)
LeBron: out (left ankle soreness)
Gabriel: out (left shoulder sprain)
Beverley: doubtful (right knee soreness)
LeBron James injury updates
James has played in 17 of the team's 23 games so far this season. He was listed as dealing with an ankle injury on December 3 and December 5, but that didn’t stop him from playing in the team’s game against the Cavs on Tuesday. Los Angeles is next in action on Friday, December 9, against the Philadelphia 76ers, so James will have an extra day to recover.
Fantasy basketball impact
Missing James is going to leave a gaping hole in your fantasy basketball lineup. It will be tough to replace his average of 25.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. You likely will need to sub in a bench player with upside while likely turning to a less well-rounded player.
The Raptors are 12-point favorites for this game at DraftKings Sportsbook. With the team missing James and Anthony Davis, Toronto is likely to cover this double-digit spread.