Will Anthony Davis Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Orlando Magic: Injuries, Lineups, & Game Prediction

Published 03/28/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Mar 25, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) gets past Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green (14) for a basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Lakers finally took a W home, and the Cavaliers became their stepping stone. They put an end to their losing spree after the exit of LeBron James, and it looked like they were on a mission. On the other hand, Orlando Magic had a memorable week where they won two big games but also made headlines for a poor trade deadline show.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Magic were on a nine-game losing streak when they defeated the giants in Nets and Suns in a difference of five days. But the two game-winners from those games, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic, are both traded, and they’re no longer the same team. But the Lakers, with their same shorthanded side, are back in the game.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Orlando Magic: Injury updates & lineups prediction

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Lakers’ injured forward LeBron James and Anthony Davis against the Suns during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers have the same injury report continuing this week. They have Anthony Davis (calf) who will stay out for a couple of weeks. Then, they have LeBron James (high-ankle sprain) who might come back only in May. Lastly, the men in golden and purple have Jared Dudley (Knee) on their injury list. 

Probable lineup – Kyle Kuzma (SF), Markieff Morris (PF), Marc Gasol (C), Dennis Schroder (PG), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG)

The Magic shooting guard Terrence Ross is out because of troubles with his knee. Then, the updates (not injury-related) on small forward Otto Porter Jr and center Wendell Carter Jr are still a day-to-day decision.

Probable lineup – Chuma Okeke (PF), James Ennis III (SF), Khem Birch (C), Dwayne Bacon (SG), and Chasson Randle (PG)

Read AlsoFormer NBA Champion Furious With LA Lakers After Kyle Lowry Trade Fail

Who wins?

Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams against Knicks’ Elfrid Payton at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Magic have pushed a reset button, and they have decided to give up on the current season to build the team of the future. As a result, they traded star players Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, and Aaron Gordon for draft picks and younger faces.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The new rookie in the team, guard RJ Hampton (from Nuggets) might or might not play against the Lakers. Also, the Magic starting five without its pillars will look like a filler roster and for them to stand tall against the Lakers would be an uphill task.

The Lakers’ supporting cast, after taking enough criticism, is ready to make a statement. They would like to touch the 30-win mark with this game. For the Lakers, Montrezl Harrell has scored a double-double in the last four of the five games.

That they pulled the Lakers up against the Cavs even after trailing by 7 points until halftime says that they have the hunger to make the statement.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Dennis Schroder and Talen Horton-Tucker can be trustworthy offensive pieces, and it appears that they can win this one. At least, that is what we predict. What do you think? Help us know in the comments.

Trending Stories

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Sourabh Singh

1444 articles

Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT