Los Angeles Lakers have been given a huge boost ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with the Brooklyn Nets, with all-star Anthony Davis upgraded to “probable” (Nets 5/4, Lakers 4/6).
Davis has been missing since the end of December after suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee. A four-week spell on the sidelines has meant that LeBron James has had to lead the Lakers on his own.
The Lakers ended 2021 in poor form, losing since games from December 18, and without Davis, the Lakers hold a 7-10 record.
He is likely to return for Tuesday’s battle against the Nets, though, who are expected to pose a serious test, with Brooklyn third in the Eastern Conference.
Lakers (14/1 – to win the NBA Championship) coach Frank Vogel has yet to decide how many minutes to give Davis, but he says his return has not been rushed.
He told the Los Angeles Times: “I don’t know that yet. And tomorrow, he’s gonna get some work in, and we’ll see how his body is responding at that point in time.
“It’s tough to find practice time and practice bodies. But it’s been really intense work with the coaches and some of the coaching assistants that will get out there and bang with him.”
Meanwhile, the Lakers’ rivals, the Golden State Warriors, will face the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, hoping to put pressure on the Phoenix Suns at the top of the Western Conference (Warriors 4/6, Mavericks 5/4).
The Houston Rockets will tackle the San Antonio Spurs, while the Washington Wizards will do battle with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Elsewhere in the NBA, the Suns extended their winning streak to seven games as they beat Utah Jazz 115-109 on Monday.
Chicago Bulls ended their losing run on the road after beating Oklahoma City Thunder 111-110 in a thriller, while the Cleveland Cavaliers just squeezed past the New York Knicks.
The New Orleans Pelicans were also victorious in a close game, beating Indiana Pacers 117-13 after trailing 62-61 at half-time.