Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis Play Tonight? Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder: Team News, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 02/10/2021, 1:00 PM EST
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 Los Angeles Lakers prepare themselves to butt heads with Oklahoma City Thunder this week. The Lakers are coming off an overtime victory against Thunder. LeBron James put up a fantastic triple-double as he led the Lakers to the win. Anthony Davis is also slowly starting to regain his form as the Lakers boast of one of the best records in the NBA currently.

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Oklahoma City Thunder, on the other hand, are still in their rebuilding process. Thunder have the second-worst record in the West (10-13).

Players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have been playing some excellent basketball, but not enough to make Thunder playoff contenders after the loss of Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder.

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Los Angeles Lakers- Team news

Feb 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder center Al Horford (42) and forward Justin Jackson (44) in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-A TODAY Sports

The Lakers could be without LeBron James and Anthony Davis on Wednesday night. Both are listed as questionable as game night inches closer.

Additionally, Alex Caruso is also listed as questionable. Jared Dudley and Kostas Antetokounmpo remain on the shelf with their respective injuries. The Lakers may line-up without LeBron and AD for the first time this season.

Predicted Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Marc Gasol.

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Oklahoma City Thunder- Team news

Jan 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives to the basket between LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Thunder also have notable names warming the bench for this tie. Veteran Trevor Ariza’s stint on the sidelines endures. Isiah Roby and Mike Muscala are listed as doubtful for Wednesday night; whereas George Hill is unavailable for the foreseeable future due to a thumb injury.

Predicted Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Darius Baxley, Luguentz Dort, Al Horford.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder- Prediction

Feb 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves to the basket and scores during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers are coming off an overtime win against Thunder. However, if they will play without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they may find it tougher to overcome the Oklahoma-based franchise.

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Who will win between the Lakers and the Thunder? The game’s outcome depends on the availability of LeBron and Davis, both of whom are the two best players for the Lakers.

If they do not make it in time for the game, Thunder will walk into the Staples Center with a lot of confidence.

Prediction: OKC gets a measure of revenge over the Lakers, who play without LBJ and AD.

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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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