Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns: Will LeBron James Play Tonight? Injury Updates, Lineup and Game Predictions

Published 03/02/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) takes the ball down court in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


So far, the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings are the only two teams that the Los Angeles Lakers haven’t met this season. Out of the two, it is obvious that the Suns will be the better competitors. After going 8-0 in the Orlando Bubble last season, they set the bar very high and are living up to it.

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Holding the fourth position in the West, the Suns have a 22-11 record. The Lakers are in the second position with a 24-11 record. Both these teams are entering this battle with two wins on their side and hoping to add another W to their tally. So who will it be?

Los Angeles Lakers injury update and lineup prediction

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Dennis Schroder‘s return has helped the Lakers pick themselves up from their four-game losing slump and get back on track. In their last outing against the Golden State Warriors, they didn’t even give Steph Curry a chance to make a comeback. Their incredible lead by halftime was enough to decide the winner.

LeBron James ended up scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Whereas, both Alex Caruso and Markieff Morris finished with 13 points and Schroder also had 12 points for himself. Unfortunately, James, Kyle Kuzma, and Jared Dudley are questionable for this matchup. So, the responsibility of this game falls on Schroder.

Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) gets past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and guard Mychal Mulder (15) for a basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Schroder’s defense is integral for this game because he needs to be efficient enough to contain Chris Paul. The purple and gold will have a lot less to worry about if Dennis takes care of this business. This is the first time the Lakers are facing the Suns without Anthony Davis.

With that, the predicted lineup would be Markieff Morris, Dennis Schroder, Marc Gasol, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Wesley Matthews.

Phoenix Suns injury update and lineup prediction

The best decision Phoenix Suns made was bringing in Chris Paul. It has drastically changed the course of their fate, making the team title contenders this season. Their last game was against Minnesota Timberwolves, which they won 118-99.

Their star scorer was Devin Booker at 43 points and DeAndre Ayton, who put up 22 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul, too, had 11 points and 15 assists to add to the scoreboard. This matchup is the biggest test for the Suns to see how they perform against one of the biggest contenders in the league.

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Feb 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrate during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

With only Dario Saric questionable, the predicted lineup would be Frank Kaminsky, DeAndre Ayton, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, and Chris Paul.

Game prediction

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If Bron doesn’t play this matchup, Booker and Chris Paul are likely to eat the Lakers alive. However, if he does play, then expect this to be a high-scoring affair with the Lakers as the favorites to win.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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