Is LeBron James Playing Tonight? (Latest Injury Updates and News for Lakers vs Rockets on April 2)

Is LeBron James playing tonight? Latest injury updates and news for Lakers vs Rockets on April 2.
Is LeBron James playing tonight? Latest injury updates and news for Lakers vs Rockets on April 2. / (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Los Angeles Lakers are back in action Sunday night as they take on the Houston Rockets. One player's status to keep an eye on ahead of tip-off is LeBron James, who is playing through a foot injury.

LeBron James Injury Update (4/2/2023)

The Lakers have listed LeBron as questionable for Sunday's contest. This doesn't come as a major surprise considering the serious foot issue he's dealing with, but it hasn't prevented him from suiting up recently. He likely has a good chance to play, unless L.A. decides to rest him against the lowly Rockets.

James has earned the questionable tag ahead of each of the past three games, but he's played in all three. The 19-time All-Star had previously missed 13 straight contests while nursing this foot issue.

The 38-year-old's looked good since returning, though it's clear he's limited in some ways. He's averaging 20.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists over the last three contests following his absence. His PPG and APG have taken hits compared to his season-long numbers (29.0/6.8), and he's been less aggressive as a scorer, attempting nearly six less field goals during this stretch.

Though he's still getting back to his normal self, James being in the lineup is crucial for the Lakers, who are in the middle of a heated playoff race. Every win matters for L.A., so it'd be no shock if James suits up tonight for what should be an easy win.

LeBron James Fantasy Outlook and Prop Bets Today

LeBron has plenty of prop bets available on April 2. He's listed with totals of 25.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds. The over (+122) on James' assists could be the best target here considering the matchup. Houston is giving up the third-most PPG and eighth-most APG, so there's obvious holes to exploit here. With LeBron being less intent on scoring recently as well, he could focus on his playmaking in this one.

James is listed among the top options on the FanDuel DFS slate, checking in with the sixth-most expensive price tag overall ($10,600). Though LeBron hasn't been up to his standards lately, his FanDuel fantasy production has improved every game since his return, most recently posting 45.0 fantasy points on March 31. In a matchup against the lackluster Rockets, he could easily continue to trend upward.

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