Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves – Team News, Lineups, and Predictions

Published 03/16/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the closing second of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. The Lakers have looked stronger since the All-Star break, as they have defeated the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors. Despite the absence of Anthony Davis, the Lakers have maintained their position so far, but are yet to face any major challenge since the break. LeBron James is still playing at an MVP level.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves, on the other hand, have been very poor this season. They currently are the last team in the Western Conference. Furthermore, they have the worst record in the NBA presently. The Timberwolves have struggled with injuries to stars such as Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. However, Anthony Edwards has been having an excellent rookie year so far.

With that in mind, here is everything you need to know about the Lakers and the Timberwolves before tip-off.

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Los Angeles Lakers – Team News

Feb 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) leads his teammates in a cheer before a game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Lakers are still without Anthony Davis, who will be out for at least three more weeks. Alex Caruso continues to recover from his concussion, and Marc Gasol is also severely injured. Jared Dudley and Kostas Antetokounmpo are listed as probable for the game as well. LeBron James continues to perform, despite his nagging injuries.

Predicted Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Markieff Morris, Damian Jones

Minnesota Timberwolves – Team News

Feb 14, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) reacts to being fouled during the second quarter of a game between the Toronto Raptors and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves are also dealing with their own injury concerns. Jared Culver has been listed as unavailable, so is Jordan McLaughlin, who continues to recover. Star guard D’Angelo Russell will not be fit for the game either. However, the remaining members of the roster should be fit to start the game.

Predicted Lineup: Ricky Rubio, Anthony Edwards, Jake Layman, Jarred Vanderbilt, Karl-Anthony Towns

Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves- Prediction

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, despite their injury concerns, have kept their momentum so far. Furthermore, they have maintained themselves at the top of the Western Conference. Whereas, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been very poor throughout this season. They haven’t even won 10 games this season, and the Lakers should make quick work of the Timberwolves.

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Prediction: The Lakers take care of the Minnesota Timberwolves with relative ease

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Who will win between the Lakers and the Timberwolves? It appears that all signs point to the Lakers getting the win. However, anything can happen on any given night in the NBA. But given how poor the Timberwolves have been this season, and their prior matches with the Lakers, it should be a tough night for the team from the Twin Cities.

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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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