LeBron James Expected to Play vs. Wizards in 40K Points Chase

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Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Assistant Coach Phil Handy talks to LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron James is just 40 points away from reaching an entirely new stratosphere on the NBA all-time scoring list as he nears 40,000 points. However, James has popped up on the NBA injury report for the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of their game against the Washington Wizards.

Will LeBron play tonight and go for 40K against the Wizards? Here's what we know about James' status for tonight's Wizards vs Lakers Game.

LeBron is officially listed as questionable (left ankle) on the NBA's injury report, as of 7:30 p.m. ET. However, ESPN's Dave McMenamin says that James is expected to play against the Wizards on the second night of a back-to-back after he played 37 minutes, including the entire fourth quarter in the Lakers' comeback win Wednesday.

LeBron James 40K Points Chase Odds

DateOpponentOpening Odds
Feb. 29vs. Wizards+1100
March 2vs. Nuggets-430
March 4vs. Thunder+500
March 6vs. Kings+3500
Odds as of Feb. 29 via FanDuel.

Method of LeBron's 40,000th Point

Shot TypeOdds
3-point field goal+300
Free Throw+500
Odds as of Feb. 29 via FanDuel.

FanDuel had odds listed for when James would break the 40,000-point threshold for weeks, and earlier on Thursday, had him +1900 to hit 40K against the Wizards. That number has moved to +1100 since. His odds to break the record against the Denver Nuggets — a game that will be played Saturday night in primetime on national television — has the shortest odds on the board at -430 but was listed at -125 earlier.

LeBron James Scoring Props

Thursday, Feb 29
10:30 p.m. ET
NBA League Pass
Wizards Odds
-110o / -110u
Lakers Odds
-110o / -110u
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NBA odds here.

The Lakers are favored by double digits at home against the lowly Wizards despite the fact that the Lakeshow just played a game less than 24 hours ago. The over/under on James' points prop at FanDuel is set at 25.5 and the under has -118 odds at the time of writing. There are alternate props for James at FanDuel, but they max out at 35+ at +650 odds. At DraftKings, James' odds to go under 25.5 are listed at -135 and his odds to get 35+ are +425.

You can check out Action Network's NBA PRO projections for player props to see our recommendation for betting LeBron's points against the Wizards.

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