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NBA: LeBron to miss Lakers' Hawks trip

Los Angeles Lakers will be without LeBron James for a third straight game when they head to Atlanta Hawks in one of eight games in the NBA on Sunday.

The Lakers can be backed at 53/20 to win in the Money Line, while Atlanta are 10/11 with a -7.5 handicap in the Point Spread.

Left knee bothering LeBron

James managed 33 points in the win at Brooklyn Nets earlier this week, but then missed the defeats at Philadelphia 76ers and Charlotte Hornets due to swelling in his left knee.

The 37-year-old was listed as questionable ahead of the games against the Sixers and Charlotte, but has now been downgraded to out for Sunday's match-up, which is the final game of a six-game road trip.

The Lakers are not in action again until they host Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday and it is likely the team will carry out further testing when they do return to LA.

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The Lakers big three of James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook have only played 16 games together this season and they will be hoping to get all three on court for an extended run of games when James is fit as the play-offs approach.

The Lakers' trip to Atlanta is one of two early games on Sunday as city rivals the Clippers are in action at Charlotte.

Chicago Bulls and Portland meet at the United Center and Cleveland Cavaliers are in action at Detroit Pistons.

Defending champions Milwaukee Bucks entertain Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic host Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz travel to Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns welcome San Antonio Spurs to the Footprint Center.

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