Will Anthony Davis & LeBron James Play Tonight? Denver Nuggets vs LA Lakers: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 02/14/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Feb 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) battle for a loose ball during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The two teams can’t seem to get enough of each other! After the Los Angeles Lakers began their five-game home run by hosting the Denver Nuggets, it is time for their counterparts to welcome them back on the road. The Nuggets will be looking to strengthen their playoff hopes while the Lakers will bid to increase the pressure on Utah Jazz at the top.

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Date & Time: February 14, 2021, 10pm ET

Venue: Ball Arena, Denver

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Dec 28, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots over Houston Rockets forward Christian Wood (35) in the first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Denver Nuggets

They looked like a revelation in the Orlando Bubble. However, so far this season, they have blown hot and cold. They lie seventh in the Western Conference table (14-11 record) with the likes of Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors breathing down their necks.

If it wasn’t for the MVP-level play of Nikola Jokic, they wouldn’t be anywhere close to contention. But he’s failed to replicate that level of play against the Lakers. A dominant Anthony Davis seems to always lock him up in the paint.

Though, they have a chance to turn the tide in their favor. Jamal Murray is slowly looking like the player he was promising to be in the Bubble. He recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in their comeback victory against the OKC.

Starting 5 for the Denver Nuggets

Guard – Will Barton

Guard – Jamal Murray

Center – Nikola Jokic

Forward – Michael Porter Jr.

Forward – Paul Millsap

Preview | LA Lakers

The only concern for the Lakers currently is the form and more importantly the fitness of Anthony Davis. LeBron’s commander-in-chief was out for a few games previously with an Achilles injury. Though, he made a return against the Memphis Grizzlies and notched 35 points along with 9 rebounds.

Led by LeBron James who does not wish to take a rest, the high-flying Lakers are on a seven-game winning run.

Starting 5 for the LA Lakers

Guard – Dennis Schroder

Guard – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Center – Marc Gasol

Forward – LeBron James

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Forward – Anthony Davis

Pick | LA Lakers

You have to respect the form that they are in. While they are still prone to a few blips, the Lakers look even stronger with AD nearing a return to his best level. A dominant night from him could see them minimize the threat of Jokic.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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