NBA Odds: Will King James Return for Lakers-Warriors?

The Los Angeles Lakers (26-25 SU, 21-28-2 ATS) could have LeBron James back in the lineup any day now – but they might need more than King James to beat the Golden State Warriors (36-14 SU, 23-26-1 ATS) this Saturday. Tip-off from Oracle Arena is at 8:30 PM ET on ABC.

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The Warriors are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS since center DeMarcus Cousins made his season debut. The addition of Cousins gives Golden State five All-Stars in their starting rotation – plus a former All-Star in Andre Iguodala, who’s enjoying one of his better seasons at age 35. Cousins also gives the Dubs some valuable bench strength with Kevon Looney resuming his reserve role.

James remains day-to-day for the Lakers with the tender groin that has kept him out of action since December 25. However, James has practiced at close to full capacity in recent days, and might return as soon as Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Lonzo Ball (ankle) and Kyle Kuzma (hip) are also listed as day-to-day; they could become trade bait if the Lakers pursue a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis. His agent (and LeBron’s), Rich Paul, says Davis wants out of NOLA.

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