Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat – Predictions, Injury Updates & Lineup

Published 04/08/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward Anthony Davis (left) talks to Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half against the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Miami Heat tonight. For the Lakers, they have struggled in the absence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. So, players like Dennis Schroder and Kyle Kuzma have been forced to step up their game and take charge. The Lakers will be hoping that the rest of the team can stay afloat as James and Davis hurry to recover and return before the end of the season.

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The Miami Heat have had their good run of form halted. They have won four out of the last five games but lost their most recent game to the Memphis Grizzlies. The addition of Victor Oladipo has made Miami a genuine contender in the Eastern Conference. But the franchise is still not looking as strong as they were last year and will hope to turn things around.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat – Predictions

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Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) puts up a reverse layup between Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9), Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22), Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) a d Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams desperately need a win going into the post-season this year. The Lakers have had little-to-no consistency over this stretch without both LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Miami Heat may find their good form ruptured after their last game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Expect the Heat to get past the depleted Los Angeles Lakers.

Prediction: The Miami Heat get past the Lakers as they avenge their 2020 NBA Finals loss

Los Angeles Lakers – Team News

Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel (right) talks to his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers have been plagued by injuries so far. LeBron James and Anthony Davis continue to be out, as both are on the road to recovery. Andre Drummond, however, is probable for the game, as he returns from a toe injury sustained on his debut. Kyle Kuzma is also listed as probable, whereas Jared Dudley is out for possibly the rest of the NBA season.

Predicted Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, Markieff Morris, Andre Drummond

Miami Heat – Team News

Feb 9, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) attempts a three point shot over New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are relatively unscathed with injuries. Tyler Herro should return tonight against the Lakers. Gabe Vincent is also probable for the game. KZ Okpala will be out for the game, as he continues to comply with the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol. Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Victor Oladipo will be expected to start the game for the Heat.

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Predicted Lineup: Duncan Robinson, Victor Oladipo, Jimmy Butler, Trevor Ariza, Bam Adebayo

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Who will win between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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