3 NBA FanDuel Studs to Target on 3/6/19
LeBron James, SF, Los Angeles Lakers
If you thought LeBron James' workload was already impressive (it was), get ready to be really blown away tonight. The Los Angeles Lakers have already announced some injury news for tonight's game against the Denver Nuggets, and Kyle Kuzma has been ruled out while Brandon Ingram is also questionable.
Since returning from injury on January 31, LeBron has played in 12 games. He got some respite early in that stretch, seeing his minutes cut short in a pair of 20-plus point blowouts. The other 10 games have seen him average 39.9 minutes per game, topping 40 minutes in half of those games. That included playing 42.4 in his last outing on Monday.
Kuzma is third on the team with 32.7 minutes per game since LeBron returned, and Ingram is second with 36.9. Kuz' absence all but locks The King in for another 40-minute night, and that's extreme enough that Ingram's status may not even matter for James' workload.
These aren't empty minutes for LeBron, either, averaging 59.8 FanDuel points per game in those 10 non-blowouts.
Despite the Lakers' struggles, there's not a ton of blowout risk tonight, either, as they sit as only 4.5-point underdogs at home against the Nuggets. Another 40-plus minutes for LeBron makes him an elite play in all formats.