Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis Play Tonight? Lakers vs Spurs: Injuries, Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/07/2021, 5:00 PM EST
Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson (3) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are sitting comfortably on the top of Western Conference with four back-to-back wins under their belt. They seem to be totally in line with last year’s performance, with an almost seamless replication. Their upcoming opponents, the San Antonio Spurs, are also on a high after upsetting the LA Clippers.

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The Lakers and the Spurs will play their third game of the season, with the former leading 2-0. In their past two games against the Lakers, the Spurs struggled with their defense and their clutch performance seemed directionless. However, it can all change because of the recent success that gave them confidence.

Los Angeles Lakers vs San Antonio Spurs: Injuries and lineup prediction

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Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) brings the ball upcourt against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers have listed both LeBron James and Anthony Davis as questionable. Bron has an ankle injury (but he still played against Grizzlies) while AD is struggling with a right adductor strain. Moreover, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who missed the last game, is once again a day-to-day decision because of his issues with ankle soreness. Fortunately for the Lakers, Alex Caruso will be back after finally getting cleared from the covid protocols.

The Lakers’ lineup considering that the star duo will get a green signal – Dennis Schroder (PG), Kyle Kuzma (SG), LeBron James (SF), Anthony Davis (PF), and Marc Gasol (C).

The Spurs have listed Derrick Rose as indefinitely out before his broken toe (minor fracture) can heal. Also, the uncertainty around Quinndary Weatherspoon (knee injury) still persists.

The Spurs’ probable starting five – Dejounte Murray (PG), Lonnie Walker (SG), DeMar DeRozan (SF), Keldon Johnson (PF), and LaMarcus Aldridge (C).

Who wins?

Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) calls for a timeout against Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews (9) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

The Spurs pulled the brakes on their four-game losing streak with a convincing win over the Clippers. Although the Clippers were playing shorthand without Paul George, the win was still important because the Spurs’ bench finally showed some resilience. Patty Mills’ performance looked refreshing as he unloaded his offensive gun with 27 points against the Clippers. Also, Rudy Gay added another 16 points while center Jakob Poeltl looked good at the defense.

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This is exactly what Dejounte Murray and DeMar DeRozan would ask from their rotation. Plus, center LaMarcus Aldridge came back after an absence of three games to perform well on both ends of the court.

The Lakers, on the other hand, are riding high. They are benefitting from the playmaking from Marc Gasol and Anthony Davis, while Kyle Kuzma has continued to perform every time coach Frank Vogel trusted him with the starting five. Dennis Schroder is proving why he’s worth every penny with his ever-growing defending capability. It will be a harrowing task for the Spurs to stop the Lakers in their full strength.

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Hence, we predict a 10+ points victory for the Lakers, given that at least one from the star duo plays exceptionally well.

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Sourabh Singh

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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.

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