Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis Play Tonight? – Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks – Predictions, Injury Updates, and Lineups

Published 04/22/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Mar 21, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis against the Phoenix Suns during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Dallas Mavericks tonight in an important Western Conference game. For the Lakers, they need to start building momentum going into the final stretch of the season. The absences of LeBron James and Anthony Davis dropped them to the fifth seed. But as both players near a return, the Lakers are going to make a final push to get a good seed.

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For the Dallas Mavericks, they have been unimpressive this season. While Luka Doncic has been at his brilliant best so far, the rest of the team hasn’t matched his effort. The Mavericks have been very inconsistent this season, failing to build on their good form for a long period of time. The Mavericks will push to get a higher seed as well, possibly to a secured playoff spot rather than a play-in.

With that in mind, take a look at the Lakers facing the Mavericks.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks – Predictions

Mar 31, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; A general overall view of the opening tip-off between Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) and Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers will finally welcome Anthony Davis back to the team after two months. However, the rest of the team has struggled for form. In recent weeks, the Lakers have performed better, but they have still struggled. With Anthony Davis playing on a minutes restrictions, the Lakers could find it difficult to stop the Mavericks.

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Los Angeles Lakers – Team News

Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) controls the ball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (left) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers have received a significant boost ahead of the game. Anthony Davis will make his return to the lineup for the first time in two months. Furthermore, Dennis Schroder, Markieff Morris, Andre Drummond, and Marc Gasol will be playing in the game despite dealing with their own injuries. LeBron James is still yet to be fit.

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Predicted Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond

Dallas Mavericks – Team News

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Apr 5, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and forward Maxi Kleber (42) and guard Jalen Brunson (13) react during the second quarter against the Utah Jazz at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are relatively unscathed when it comes to injuries. The Mavs will be without Maxi Kleber after he suffered a major bruise on his back. Tyrell Terry is also out for personal reasons. The rest of the squad is fully fit and ready for selection going into the game.

Predicted Lineup: Luka Doncic, Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Kristaps Porzingis, Dwight Powell

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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