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NBA: Vogel relaxed on Davis return date

Head coach Frank Vogel remains confident Anthony Davis will be able to make a return for Los Angeles Lakers during their ongoing six-game road trip.

The Lakers head to Brooklyn on Tuesday and they are 20/31 to win in the Money Line, while the Nets can be backed at 27/20.

Davis has missed the last 17 games with a sprained MCL in his left knee and the Lakers are 7-10 in his absence and while the 28-year-old big man's status was upgraded to questionable ahead of Sunday's loss at Miami Heat, he didn't feature in the end.

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Vogel has no major concerns regarding his starting center, but he isn't willing to take any risks with Davis' fitness as the Lakers are keen to ensure he is fully fit before he does make a return.

"We've got to make sure we do it safely and at the right pace and at the right time," Vogel told the Los Angeles Times.

"In terms of what pushed it, we just knew he was getting close, so we wanted to have transparency with reporting that it wasn't 100 per cent, that he wouldn't play - so we had him as questionable.

"But we knew that it was probably unlikely. There were no setbacks or anything like that, it's just a matter of him getting closer."

Vogel has selection issues

Long-term absentee Kendrick Nunn remains sidelined with a knee injury, but he is Vogel's only other injury concern ahead of Tuesday's game.

James Harden will be the only member of the Nets' big three involved, as Kevin Durant will miss a fifth straight game with a knee injury and Kyrie Irving is unable to play in home games.

Joe Harris, Nick Claxton and Paul Millsap are also missing for the hosts.

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